Welcome Future Graduate, Certificate, and Credential Students!

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Prospective Students

Welcome!

We are extremely proud that you are interested in our university for graduate study. Over 3,000 graduate students believe that Fresno State offers an excellent education, and outstanding career and professional preparation.

The university continuously works to meet changing student needs with campus expansion in degree programs, research opportunities, and provision of state-of-the-art facilities. The university offers over 47 graduate degree programs, which include a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, an Educational Specialist degree, and multiple Master's programs. The university also offers several certificates of advanced study. The listings in this section will link you directly to Graduate Program Coordinators and to program websites where you will find more information, deadlines to apply, admissions criteria, and more.

You may find it useful to print a complete list of our graduate degree programs and their criteria. The criteria include program deadlines, GPA, desired standardized test scores, additional application, and letters of recommendation. Also, some programs have an earlier application deadline than the university, or they admit students only in the fall semester of each academic year.

The criteria for all of our graduate programs are included in the following documents for domestic and international students. Full information on each program, including coursework, is listed in the online General Catalog.

Program criteria and graduate coordinator list for domestic students.

If you have questions regarding any of the criteria listed on these documents, you should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator/Director or the department office.

For questions about university admission, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 559.278.4073.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

 

Term Cycle Opens Deadline*            
Fall October 1 June 1
Spring August 1 November 1


*Deadline subject to change; please contact program department for the most current deadline information.
Some programs have earlier deadlines, or do no accept applications for spring semester admission. Additionally, some graduate programs require additional materials (separate applications, letters, GRE subject tests, etc.).

Please refer to the Program Admission Criteria Sheet for additional information and deadlines.

Students are encouraged to apply early.

 

How To Apply

Apply Now

  • Visit Cal State Apply to start a new application. This application is completed online.
  • Create an account if you do not already have one. Apply as a Graduate and select a graduate option.
  • Please make sure you apply for the same semester that you intend to start the graduate program.
  • For instructions, please refer to the Cal State Apply Graduate application guide.
  • For help completing your Cal State Apply application you may contact the Graduate Admissions office at 559.278.4073.
  • Persons who are undeclared should contact Open University (Division of Continuing and Global Education, 559.278.0333).

Title V Requirements

The minimum university requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title V, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall:

  1. Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have satisfied any one of the following:
    • attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or
    • or attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted,
    • or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  4. Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.

Admission Requirements

Checklist

Refer to the Program Admission Criteria Sheet for domestic students for the standardized tests and other materials required by your graduate program. In order to be admitted to a graduate degree program, the university must have the test scores and transcripts on file.

Requirements Description
Transcripts All applicants must have transcripts on file with the university that include grades for the most recently completed coursework. If the last college or university you attended, or are currently attending, is California State University, Fresno, your transcripts will be generated by the university upon receipt of your application. If not, you must include official transcripts from each college or university you previously attended and/or are currently attending.
Standardized Tests

Professional Examination Services offers the GRE and TOEFL. Visit Professional Examination Service for information on how to register and schedule your test date. You can also call (559) 278-2457 to get service hours applicable for your test.

Application Fee The university application fee is $55.00. (Note: The $55.00 fee to submit an application to the university is non-refundable.)
Undergraduate Degree An official transcript with proof of a conferred undergraduate degree is required. An undergraduate
degree must be completed with an awarded date before the start of the admission term. Fresno State graduates are not required to submit proof of degree.

All official documents should be mailed to:
Graduate Admission Office
California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026
USA


Electronic transcripts must be delivered to
imaging@csufresno.edu by the issuing institution.

Admission Process

Thank You For Applying!

 

Step 1 Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an electronic acknowledgment verifying receipt of your application.
Step 2 The Graduate Admissions Office will determine if a student meets university admission requirements.
  • All transcripts and test scores must be received before eligibility can be determined (this doesn’t apply to returning Fresno State students with no enrollment elsewhere). Your application cannot be sent to the degree program for review until all transcripts and test results are received. These materials should be forwarded to:
    Graduate Admissions Office
    California State University, Fresno
    5150 North Maple, JA 57
    Fresno, CA 93740-8026

  • Electronic transcripts must be delivered to imaging@csufresno.edu by issuing institution
Step 3 If you are eligible for consideration (see above requirements), all application materials will be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator for an admission decision to the program/university. Typically, applications are reviewed within 3 to 6 weeks from the date all application materials are submitted.
  • All application materials required by the program (letters of intent, letters of recommendation and/or program application) should be submitted directly to the graduate coordinator/department office.

Checking Your Application Status And Notifications

How do I know if Fresno State has received everything they need to review my application?

STEP 1: Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and log into your Fresno State portal using your Fresno State username and password. This is the same username and password you created for your Fresno State email account at https://email.csufresno.edu/ MyFresnoState login
STEP 2: Click on "Student Self Service" check-app-stat-2
STEP 3: Click on "Student Center" check-app-stat-3
STEP 4: Click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on "Univ Application Status" check-app-stat-4
STEP 5: Click on "details" in your To Do list on the right-hand side of your Student Center for detailed information on each to-do item check-app-stat-5
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Student Standing

Graduate Standing

During the admission process there are levels of graduate/postbaccalaureate standing. The following explains the various designations.

Classification Status Description
Conditionally Classified The applicant granted conditionally classified graduate standing has been admitted to the university, and conditionally to the program, but not yet satisfied all program admission requirements.
Classified
The applicant who has been granted classified graduate standing has been admitted to the university and fulfilled all program admission requirements. Thus, classified graduate students are those who have been fully admitted to their program.
Credential/Certificate Classified The applicant granted classified postbaccalaureate standing has been admitted to the university, qualified for admission to a credential or certificate program, but has not been admitted to a graduate degree program.

 

Special Admission

  • This process is reserved for those applicants who have not met grade point average eligibility requirements for admission to the university. 
  • Students who have previously been admitted to a graduate program, but after reapplication have received a letter of denial to the university, should contact the Division of Research and Graduate Studies 559.278.2448 for special admit procedures.

Admission Status

Please note that you may be admitted conditionally to the university, if you have not submitted all admission requirements before you receive an admission decision. To determine which requirements still need to be submitted, please visit MyFresnoState.

New applicants who have received a letter of denial to the university, should contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 559.278.4073.

 

Prospective Students

Welcome!

Fresno State offers several teaching, administrative, and service-based credential programs, including: Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Administrative Services, and Pupil Personnel Services, among others. All credential programs offered at Fresno State are offered through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development prepares more K-12 school teachers than any other public university in California. In addition to training this region’s teachers, the Kremen School of Education and Human Development trains ethically-informed counselors and educational leaders, while providing professional support to the community and promotes applied research.

Visit our Credential Program website to learn more about the credential programs offered, or call the Education Student Services Center at 559.278.0300 for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Term Cycle Opens Deadline*            
Fall October 1 June 1
Spring August 1 November 1
Summer October 1 May 1

*Deadline subject to change; please contact program department for the most current deadline information.
Some programs have earlier deadlines, or do no accept applications for spring semester admission. Additionally, credential programs require additional materials (separate applications, test scores, etc.). Please refer to the Credential Programs website for additional information and deadlines.

Students are encouraged to apply early.

How To Apply

Apply Now

  • Visit Cal State Apply to start a new application. This application is completed online.
  • Create an account if you do not already have one. Apply as a Graduate and select the Teaching Credential option.
  • Please make sure you apply for the same semester that you intend to start the credential program.
  • Candidates that start the credential program as undergraduates should apply for the semester after they graduate.
  • For instructions, please refer to the Cal State Apply Graduate application guide.
  • Persons who are undeclared should contact Open University (Division of Continuing and Global Education, 278.0333).

Admission Requirements

Checklist

The minimum university requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title V, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall:

  1. Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have satisfied any one of the following:
    • attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or
    • or attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted,
    • or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  4. Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.

Admission Process

Thank You For Applying!

Step 1 Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an electronic acknowledgment verifying receipt of your application.
Step 2 The Graduate Admissions Office will determine if a student meets university admission requirements.
  • All transcripts and test scores must be received before eligibility can be determined (this doesn’t apply to returning Fresno State students with no enrollment elsewhere). Your application cannot be sent to the credential program for review until all transcripts are received.

    These materials should be forwarded to:
    Graduate Admissions Office
    California State University, Fresno
    5150 North Maple, JA 57
    Fresno, CA 93740-8026 3.
  • Electronic transcripts must be delivered to
    imaging@csufresno.edu by the issuing institution.
Step 3 If you are eligible for consideration (see above requirements), all application materials will be sent to the Credential Program for an admission decision to the program/university. Typically, applications are reviewed within 3 to 6 weeks from the date all application materials are submitted.
  • All application materials required by the program (letters of intent, letters of recommendation and/or program application) should be submitted directly to the Credential office.

Checking Your Application Status And Notifications

How do I know if Fresno State has received everything they need to review my application?

STEP 1: Visit https://my.fresnostate.edu and log into your Fresno State portal using your Fresno State username and password. This is the same username and password you created for your Fresno State email account at https://email.csufresno.edu/ MyFresnoState login
STEP 2: click on "Student Self Service" check-app-stat-2
STEP 3: Click on "Student Center" check-app-stat-3
STEP 4: click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on "Univ Application Status" check-app-stat-4
STEP 5: Click on "details" in your To Do list on the right-hand side of your Student Center for detailed information on each to-do item check-app-stat-5
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Postbaccalaureate Standing

Credential/Certificate Classified

The applicant granted classified postbaccalaureate standing has been admitted to the university, qualified for admission to a credential or certificate program, but has not been admitted to a graduate degree program.

Admission Status

Please note that you may be admitted conditionally to the university, if you have not submitted all admission requirements before you receive an admission decision. To determine which requirements still need to be submitted, please visit MyFresnoState

New applicants who have received a letter of denial to the university, should contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 559.278.4073.