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Graduate Program Application Requirements

Two applications are required:

  1. Fresno State (apply at
  2. Kremen School

Applications may be submitted by:

Email - program application and supporting documents may be emailed directly to  For letters of recommendation, your recommender may mail the letter and rubric to the address below, or email the letter and rubric to kremengraduate@mail.fresnostate.  Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.  A copy of the rubric may be downloaded here.  If you are mailing in your application packet, you may include your sealed letters of recommendation in your packet.

Mail - 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

The following describes in details the requirements for the Kremen School application.

Fall 2020 - CLOSED

Spring 2021 - Cal State Apply and program application deadline - October 1

MS, Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

Program Application

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 3.0

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 3.0 on any post baccalaureate work at Fresno State.
 Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and higher will be given priority.

Complete a Statement of Purpose

 This is a 1 -2 page, typed statement of your purpose for applying to the program.  Focus on your present situation and your short and long-term professional goals.  The form is included in the program application packet.

Provide Three (3) Sealed Letters of Recommendation

 Include letters of reference and rubrics from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate student in the program.  The rubric form is included in the program application packet.

Writing Competency

 You must meet this requirement by one of the following:

  • Obtaining a minimum of a 41+ on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) writing portion, or pass all sections of the entire test (provide copy).
  • Passing all 3 sections of the CSET Multiple Subject test and the Writing Skills test (provide copy).
  • 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.
  • 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 form.

Complete Prerequisites from Fresno State with a "C" or better

It is recommended that these courses be completed or in progress prior to applying to the program.  Please highlight the courses on your unofficial transcripts.  These courses cannot be older than 10 years:

  • COUN 174 OR PSYCH 174 - Introduction to Counseling
  • COUN 176 - Counseling and Mental Health OR PSYCH 166 or 66 - Abnormal Psychology
  • ERE 153 - Educational Statistics OR the following Fresno State equivalent courses:  PSYCH 144 or 143, SWRK 171 or 176, SOC 125, DS 123, or HS 202

To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please click on the forms below:

COUN 174 Substitution Request form

COUN 176 Substitution Request form

ERE 153 Substitution Request form

*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.