Each year, we admit 6 to 8 students into the doctoral program. Applications for graduate admission are handled through the Graduate School. All students must now apply online. You may begin this process, and see instructions and other information about doing so, by clicking on the following: apply online
If you have any questions about the process, please consult the information below, or for more detail, our page of “frequently asked questions”. Also feel free to call or email us with further questions, either the Graduate School office itself (631/632-4723), or our History Department Graduate Coordinator (Ms. Roxanne Fernandez, (631/ 632-7490), or our Director of Graduate Studies (Shirely Lim).
Completed Doctoral program applications for admission and financial assistance, along with all required supporting material, must be postmarked/submitted/received by January 9th (click here for further information on financial aid). Students are admitted only in the spring for study beginning in the fall. Students are admitted for part-time study, though we have found that a high percentage of students who pursue doctoral study on a part-time basis do not complete the program.
Completed Master’s program applications for admission and all supplemental materials, must be postmarked/submitted/received by April 1st for Fall admission or November 1st for Spring admission to our two-track master’s program.
We expect all applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree in history or a degree in a closely related field with a substantial amount of coursework in history and a strong record of undergraduate achievement. In special cases, students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in history or whose GPA does not meet the requirements stated above may be admitted on a provisional basis for M.A. study only.
Applicants are also required to submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The History subject test is not required. It is advisable, especially for financial aid applicants, to take the GRE no later than October to insure that the review of application materials is not delayed. Applicants may also wish to include photocopies of GRE score report (in addition to having the official score reported to the University).
Students whose first language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Admissions decisions are based primarily upon the admissions committee’s estimation of the student’s potential for scholarly achievement and the ability of the Stony Brook faculty to support the student in his or her intended field of scholarly study. These decisions are based upon:
· the applicant’s undergraduate record
· letters of recommendation that describe the applicant’s achievements and potential for intellectual growth,
· a sample of written work (such as a research paper submitted for an undergraduate class or a master’s thesis) that illustrates the applicant’s capacity for research, analysis, creative thought, and writing skills, and
· GRE Scores
· a statement of purpose describing the intended field of study, the insights or experiences that lay behind the decision to specialize in this area, and the kinds of questions which the applicant hopes to explore. This statement should be as specific as possible, and applicants are encouraged to contact the professor(s) with whom they hope to work before submitting the application.