The application period for the Fall 2021 cohort is now open. All application material must be submitted by August 1st, 2021.

Applicants must complete both parts of the application process to apply for this program. Early application is highly encouraged as space in the program is limited. To expedite the application, please email the Program Coordinator (Dr. Luke Wang, prior to applying online and notify him of your intent to enroll.

You will be notified by the Division of Graduate Studies regarding both the University and Department application decisions.


University Graduate Application (Cal State Apply)

DEADLINE: August 1st, 2021

All applicants must file a complete graduate application on Cal State Apply. A $70 application fee is required. The $70 application fee is non-refundable, even if you apply to the University after the admission deadline.

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Select the "Geographic Information Systems Certificate" under Fresno State graduate programs in Cal State Apply (pictured below). The program is fully online, even though it is listed as "face-to-face." 


Domestic applicants (U.S. and territories) may contact the Graduate Admission Office at 559.278.4073, for more information. All application support materials such as transcripts should be sent as soon as possible to this address:

Graduate Admission Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

Department (Program) Application

DEADLINE: August 1st, 2021

The department application is a set of supplemental materials that must be emailed to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Wang, by the application deadline.

Please include the following in your submission:

  • A statement of purpose outlining your reasons for applying to the GIS Certificate of Advanced Study program (if you did not submit one through Cal State Apply).
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to your preparation for advanced study (this letter may be included in the application sent by you, or may be sent separately by your evaluator); Download the recommendation form in Word or Adobe PDF format.
  • International students must include an unofficial copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores in this packet (see "International Applicants").

NOTE: Your email's subject line must start with "GIS-Advanced-YourLastName-FirstName." Otherwise, it will not be processed by the program coordinator.

Please email the above materials to:

Dr. Zhi (Luke) Wang, GIS Program Coordinator
Contact Dr. Wang

International Applicants

DEADLINE: August 1st, 2021

International applicants should send all application support materials, such as transcripts, to the International Admissions Office at the address below. 

International applicants (and some applicants with foreign documents) must also provide TOEFL scores. Students must score a minimum 80 composite TOEFL or a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS. 

An unofficial copy of the TOEFL scores must be included in the Department Application emailed to the program coordinator. An official copy must be sent to the address below.

Send all documents to:

International Admissions Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 56
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

International applicants may contact the International Admissions Office at 559.278.2409 or visit the International Office website for more information.