The MCJ Graduate Program is temporarily on hold and is not accepting any new graduate applications. Please check back with us in the fall 2012 semester.

Prior to applying to our program in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department, all students are required to apply and be accepted to the University Graduate School.

Please apply to the Graduate School using the online CSU Mentor system before submitting any additional materials to the MCJ Department.


Click on the icon to complete the online application through CSU Mentor.

The University requires the applicant to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (our minimum requirements are 450V/450Q).

Those whose native language is not English must also submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and must have a minimum of 580 paper or 237 computer score.

Students may find additional information online through the Graduate Studies office.

After you have completed the CSU Mentor online application and the Graduate School’s application requirements, you also must mail the following items directly to the MCJ graduate program coordinator:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of 750 words or less regarding your reasons for seeking graduate study in this field
  • Unofficial transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate work (photocopies are acceptable)
  • A sample of your professional work (optional; cannot be returned)

We must receive all of your application materials before we can consider your application , so please send them well in advance of the application deadline.

These documents should be sent directly to Dr. Kelley Campos McCoy, MCJ Department, California State University, Fresno, 2225 E. San Ramon M/S MF 10, Fresno, CA, 93740.

Our department only accepts new students in the fall semesters. The deadline to apply for fall enrollment is typically March 1, but prospective students should visit the Graduate Studies website frequently to check for updates.

Once the student is accepted into the University, we review his/her application material for acceptance into the Mass Communication and Journalism program. The Department's graduate admissions committee considers prospective students' undergraduate preparation and grade point average, GRE scores, and overall background experience.

If you are accepted into the program, you will be notified by e-mail and will be sent information regarding fall class registration and graduate student orientation, which is typically held in August the week prior to the first day of classes.

Interested in the program? Let us know by filling out our online contact form.