Admissions to M.A. and Ph.D. Programs
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A completed graduate application . An admissions committee of three WGSS professors and one graduate student representative will review all applications submitted for admissions into the program.
Transcripts. Applicants must submit one official copy of any transcripts from any undergraduate college or university attended from which a degree was conferred. Applicants must also submit one official copy of any transcript relating to any graduate level work undertaken, regardless of whether or not a degree was earned. (If transcripts are in a foreign language, authoritative English translations are required in addition to the original documents.) To be eligible for admission, M.A. and Ph.D. applicants must hold at least a B.A. degree from an accredited college or university.
Three letters of recommendation
GRE's are NOT required
If your native or primary language is not English, English proficiency must be established based on the results of your TOEFL or IELTS examinations.
What are the minimum scores required for admission?
IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no subsection recommended to be below 6
TOEFL iBT: 80 for Master's level; 90 for admission to a doctoral program and to be eligible for consideration for TA/GA support
Spoken English: All doctoral students and students with a TA/GA stipend whose native language is not English must demonstrate a sufficient level of English-speaking proficiency and may be required to take OAE courses based on these measures. Proficiency is determined from the speak subsection score.
For more information on TOEFL/IELTS scores, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
One writing sample of representative scholarly work
A personal statement. Applicants should describe their research interests and explain why they are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary graduate work in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook.
$100 application fee
In addition to your online application and uploaded documents, please send original transcripts to:
The department is currently unable to fund M.A. students. Check out Stony Brook's current tuition rates.
Graduate & Family Housing Information:
All new international and domestic graduate students are guaranteed housing as long as your advance housing deposit and housing request are received by the application deadline, which is May 15th for Fall admission. Please note that the application process is an online process. All new admitted graduate students should wait until you are assigned a Stony Brook ID number, and then pay your housing deposit online by credit card on the Solar System on or before May 15th, 2021 for Fall 2021 admission.
If you wish to pay by check or money order you may do so. Mail a check or money order payable to "Stony Brook University" and mail it to the Bursar's office with a notation that it is a Graduate Housing deposit for Fall 2021 Additionally, include your Stony Brook ID number in the memo section of the check and in the letter you enclose with your payment.