Stony brook university  stony brook  new york   united states
US News Ranking 67
Qsranking Not Ranked
Timesranking 201-250

Brief background:

Stony Brook University was started in 1957. A public research University, it is one of the most reputed schools in the United States. This University is included in the 62 top research institutions across North America and gets $182.7 million in annual sponsored research. The university also has 1,866 active research projects. It offers graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, and health professions. It also offers a wide variety of master’s programs, 44 doctoral programs and a number of certificate programs too. 10 of these programs were ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report in 2014.


The campus of the University is located 90 kilometers from New York, on the North Shore on Long Island. The campus, spread across 1100 acres, is divided into three parts – East, West and South and is extremely beautiful. The campus has two main libraries which have stocked over a million volumes. Other facilities in the campus include The University Café, a few cafeterias etc.

Residing Options:

The University offers on-campus accommodation and charges $6,000 a year for it. Most of the graduate students, however, choose to live off-campus as it allows them more freedom and privacy. Popular areas for off-campus student accommodation are Centereach, Port Jefferson, East Setauket, and Selden and students end up paying $1,200 every month for it.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The faculty at this University is quite experienced and knowledgeable and is always aware of the latest developments taking place in their respective fields. Most professors are also extremely approachable and flexible and go out of their way to help out the students. The classes too are highly interesting as most professors use the latest tech tools for their lectures.

Financial aid:

One of the most enticing features of this university is its low tuition fee. On top of this, the University also offers a few need-based scholarships. Students can also apply for Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships.

Jobs and placements:

The Senior Software Engineers from the university are the biggest earners who get a placement of about $111K on an average. The next on the list are Physician Assistants and Software Engineer graduates earning around $96K and $87K respectively. Software Developers earn about $70,374 on an average. A Master of Science (MS) graduate makes between $49,220 - $101,774. The top recruiters employing students from the university are Stony Brook University; Stony Brook Hospital; J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC); Inc; Lockheed Martin Corp. The most popular job profiles amongst the alumni of the university are Software Engineer, Software Developer, Mechanical Engineer, Physician Assistant (PA), Project Manager, Data Analyst, Data Scientist.


Famous alumni from Stony Brooks include names such as Scott Abbey (CTO of UBS), John L. Hennessy (President, Stanford University) and Jeff Raskin (Author and co-creator of the Macintosh at Apple Computer Inc).


The University in itself is very good and students who get an admission letter will not regret studying here.


Stony Brook University is located in Stony Brook, New York. It is nearly 15 miles away from MacArthur Airport. After exiting the airport, take a turn to the left onto Veterans Memorial Highway Route(West). Join Route 27, Sunrise Highway and take an exit on the second Nicolls Road to drive 12 miles towards the north and finally reach the entrance of university which is on the left side. If one wishes to travel by car, one needs to take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) eastbound from the Queens Midtown Tunnel in Manhattan or the Throgs Neck Bridge or Whitestone Bridge in Queens to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road (Route 97) north for 9 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left. To reach the university by train, take the Long Island Railroad's Port Jefferson line from Penn Station in Manhattan to Stony Brook. The LIRR station is at the north end of the campus; bus service to the central campus is provided. Car ferries cross Long Island Sound at Bridgeport, Connecticut to Port Jefferson, Long Island. Take Route 25A west to Nicolls Road, and turn left on Nicolls. 

Acceptance Rate for Indians 43%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 423
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 62
TA Appointments 245
RA appointments 252
Research funding $36,131,249
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The vast Department of Civil Engineering provides students with a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Civil Engineering. Along with a combined B.S./M.S. degree, it further provides Master’s and Ph.D. degrees The highly dedicated faculty perform their research work at the lab of New York State Centre for Clean Water Technology. Its main research areas are Geotechnical Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering. An ‘Advanced Graduate Certificate course in  Coastal Engineering and Management is also available in the department.

Areas of Expertise: Structural Health Monitoring; Computational and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics; Sustainability and Resilience; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Coastal Engineering; Transportation Engineering
List of Labs: New York State Center for Clean Water Technology

Computer Science

A world of algorithms, data representation, and advanced digital information is not only that you come to know at Stony Brook University from its leading professors and researchers. They also introduce you to hi-tech labs at the department. The Department of Computer Science offers an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Students can pursue research in any of the following options such as Artificial intelligence, Networking, Databases, Cyber Security, Software Verification and many more.

Areas of Expertise: CyberSecurity; Systems; Artificial Intelligence; Visualization and Graphics; Theory; Databases; Programming Languages & Verification; Networking; Distributed Computing; Vision and Natural Language Processing; Software Verification
List of Labs: National Security Institute; Center for Dynamic Data Analytics; Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology; Center for Visual Computing; Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In the Bachelor of Electronics programme, students have many sub-disciplines for further specialization such as Power Systems, Electro-Physics, Signal Processing, Robotics, etc. The main focus areas in the Master’s programme are Electronics and Integrated Circuits, Embedded Systems, Semiconductor and Optoelectronic Devices, Communications & Signal Processing, VLSI, Wireless Networks. For strengthening students’ theoretical as well as practical knowledge further, the department offers hi-tech labs wherein students perform practical tasks thus building upon what they already know. 

Areas of Expertise: Computer Engineering; Electronics and Integrated Circuits; Embedded Systems; Electromagnetic Fields & Optical Systems; Semiconductor and Optoelectronic Devices; Wireless Networks; Communications & Signal Processing
List of Labs: Center for Advanced Technologies


All the AGC (Advanced Graduate Certificate) courses provided by the College of Business are scheduled in the evening as part-time programs designed for working professionals. Several of them are offered completely online. It also offers a Master of Science in Finance Degree. This program is highly selective and focused meant for finance professionals who want to further develop their finance skills as well as for students from other disciplines who seek to strengthen their financial expertise. The program requires students to complete 30 credits (10 classes) in the finance area. Students will also be required to submit a finance industry-based project during their stay in the course.
The college also offers an MBA in Finance program. 

Areas of Expertise: Computational Biology; Quantitative Finance; Computational Geometry; Numerical Analysis; Computational Techniques; Stochastic Processes; Computation Mathematics; Statistics

Materials Science

Materials Science and Engineering department offers graduate work which strongly leads to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees as well. The undergraduate degree is offered in Engineering Science and Chemical and Molecular Engineering. Broad knowledge and guidance of the theoretical and experimental techniques during the graduate program are further to motivate them to pursue the Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in the same field. The master's programs are offered in Materials Science and Chemical & Molecular Engineering. For every individual area of expertise, you have various working labs a well such as -Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Surfaces, Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development, Center for Thermal Spray Research. The undergraduate program in Materials Science and Engineering provides Knowledge regarding the fundamental properties and structure of materials.

Areas of Expertise: Thermal Spray; Polymers; Materials Engineering; Mechanical Properties of Materials; Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids; Electronic Materials
List of Labs: Center for Thermal Spray Research; Center for Nanomaterials and Sensor Development; NSF National Center for BioEnergy Research & Development; Garcia Center for Polymers at Engineered Surfaces


The broad curriculum offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering lays emphasis on various areas such as Design and Manufacturing, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy Conversion and Power Generation, and MEMS. Stony Brook University offers Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs under the guidance of expert professors. A multi-dimensional and integrated approach prepares students to be more innovative in the discipline. B.S in Mechanical Engineering and combined B.S./M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering is offered by the department. For the master's programs, students need to be skilled in traditional mechanical engineering fundamentals such as solid and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, transfer procedures, materials engineering, electronic instrumentation and measurements, controls, and layout. The focus areas of the master's programme are Energy Technology, Solid Mechanics, Design and Manufacturing, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences. Ph.D. candidates must pass a qualifying examination as well as draft a research proposal. An oral examination conducted by a committee of graduate faculty members must be passed by the student to achieve a Ph.D. degree.

Areas of Expertise: MEMS; Thermodynamics; Energy Conversion & Power Generation; Mechatronics; Design and Manufacturing; Heat Transfer

Pure Science

The pure sciences departments have several courses and degrees in each and every different discipline of science. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Chemistry offers courses of study for the degrees of Master of Arts in Teaching Chemistry, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. 
The Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs leading to M.A. in Mathematics (Secondary Teacher Option), M.A. in Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Mathematics. The highly reputed and prominent Mathematics Ph.D. program follows a very selective admission process. The program prepares students for a career in mathematical research and university teaching.
The Physics department is among the highly ranked departments, especially for the Graduate program. This department offers courses of study and research that normally lead to the Ph.D. degree. The M.A degree is awarded as a terminal degree to the students who are on their way to the Ph.D. degree. 
The Department of Philosophy seeks to pursue excellence by concentrating its research initiatives in the specific areas of the Geosciences and examining the Earth’s natural processes and materials. The department offers MS and Ph.D. programs which lead to lucrative and interesting career opportunities for the students. 

Areas of Expertise: Computational Biology; Quantitative Finance; Computational Geometry; Numerical Analysis; Computational Techniques; Stochastic Processes; Computation Mathematics; Statistics

Annual fees for Indians $22,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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