How to Apply

Students can be admitted with degrees in any field. Students who have or will be receiving an undergraduate or graduate degree in a natural or social science field, mathematics or journalism are especially encouraged to apply, as are applicants who are working in journalism or in fields related to health, science, the environment or technology.

Applications are filed online, through the Stony Brook Graduate School. For Frequently Asked Questions on this process, please consult:

The application deadline is April 30; classes start July 11. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the program’s Admissions Committee.

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If you would like to discuss the program or the requirements before applying, please contact:

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelors degree with a 3.0 GPA or better from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools.
  • Official GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) scores. Applicants can submit scores from the MCAT, DAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE. This requirement is waived for applicants who have a doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three references that can address the applicant’s capacity to succeed in the field of health and science journalism or related fields and complete a course of graduate study. If the applicant is a student or has graduated within the last two years, at least one letter must be from a faculty member with whom the applicant has studied. If the applicant has been working as a journalist, at least one letter must be from an editor or supervisor familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Portfolio of journalistic work (3-5 samples of your work) or a 500-word essay on an issue of current interest in science, health, the environment or technology, explaining why you think this issue is important.
  • Interview, if requested by the Admissions Committee. We expect to interview candidates whenever possible.
  • Licensed health professionals need proof of licensure and good standing

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • International students who trained in non-English-speaking schools and live in a non-English-speaking country are required to take the TOEFL exam. The expected minimum score is 100 for the Internet-Based Test, 250 for the Computer-Based Test and 600 for the Paper-Based Test.
  • International students are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, such as World Education Services ( This requirement is waived for graduates of foreign medical schools.