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Graduate Program Application Requirements

M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership

Fall admit only - Fall 2021 applications open October 1, 2020.  Cal State Apply application deadline March 1, 2021.  Program application priority deadline March 1, 2021, secondary program application deadline March 15, 2021.

Two applications are required: 
  1. Fresno State (apply at
  2. Kremen School - link to program application provided below

Applications may be submitted by:

Email- application and supporting documents may be emailed  to  For letters of recommendation, your recommender may mail the letter to the address below, or email the letter to  Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.

Mail You may include your sealed letters of recommendation in your application packet.  Applications may be mailed to:

Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Center for Advising and Student Services
Attn:  Renee Petch
5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S 301
Fresno, CA 93740

Application and Requirements

Program application

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation. 


Proof of application to Fresno State


  • Provide copy of Cal State Apply confirmation page as proof of application, or
  • Provide copy of unofficial Fresno State transcripts showing current enrollment.

Unofficial Transcripts

 Provide a copy of all unofficial transcripts (or copy of official transcripts).

Minimum GPA of 2.75

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 2.75 on any Post Baccalaureate work at Fresno State.

Complete Statements of Purpose

Forms with writing prompts are included in the application packet.

Provide Two (2) Sealed Letters of Recommendation

Include letters of reference from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential as a graduate student in the program.  

Writing Competency

You must meet this requirement by one of the following:

  • Obtaining a minimum passing score on the Upper Division Writing Examination (UDWE) as an undergraduate.
  • Earning a grade of "B" or better in any "W" course taken at Fresno State.
  • A "B" or better in an upper division writing course from an accredited institution
  • Substitution request approved by the Graduate Coordinator for course taken at another institution.

To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please complete the Writing Competency Substitution Request form.

Copy of Resume

 Include a copy of current resume.

*TOEFL Score - For international students only

If you are an International Student the TOEFL is a requirement for admission to Fresno State.  Verification of the TOEFL score is provided to the program by the International Admissions Office.