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Admissions and Recruitment

Future Graduate, Certificate, and Credential Students

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. Here are some highlights of our graduate programs:

  • Over 47 graduate degree programs
  • Three specialty doctoral programs including a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Practice
  • Several certificates of advanced study including Research Methods, Geographic Information Systems, and Psychiatric Mental Health NP-
  • Over 15 teaching and service credential options including Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Education Specialist, PPS Counseling, and Preliminary Administrative Services for PK-12 

The list of our graduate degree programs, which include program deadlines, GPA criteria, desired standardized test scores, and additional application requirements can be viewed here.

To learn more about our teaching and service credential programs, please visit the credentials website

Further information for each program, including course requirements, is listed in the online General Catalog.

For questions about university admission, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 559.278.4073 or fill out a Contact Form.

Attention New Students:
All incoming students starting in or after Spring 2022 will need to submit proof of immunizations in accordance with CSU Executive Order 803.
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Graduate Studies Program Admissions Information

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University Deadlines

University Deadlines
Term Cycle Opens  Deadlines
Fall  October 1  June 1
Spring  August 1 November 1
Summer  February 1 May 1

*Deadline subject to change; please contact program department for the most current deadline information. Some programs have earlier deadlines, or do not accept applications for spring semester admission. 

  • Please refer to the Program Admission Criteria Sheet for additional information and deadlines. 
  • To learn more about our teaching and service credential programs and see deadlines, click HERE.

How to Apply

Visit Cal State Apply to complete an online application to Fresno State!

Instructions on how to complete the application can be found here: Cal State Apply Graduate Application Guide

For assistance with completing your Cal State Apply application you may use the following resources:

You must apply for the same semester that you intend to start the graduate program. Students are encouraged to apply early.

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. View more information regarding Title V here

The university application fee is $70.00. (Note: The $70.00 fee to submit an application to the university is non-refundable.)

Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended after high school, including transcripts with your most recently completed courses, are required for admission. 

Fresno State graduates are not required to submit Fresno State transcripts to the Admissions Office.

An official transcript with proof of an awarded undergraduate (bachelors) 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.

Most programs will have additional admission requirements. This may include items such as:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement or Letter of Intent
  • Proof of prerequisite completion

Items can be submitted through the Cal State Apply application. If you do not have the option to upload your materials through Cal State Apply, you must submit the program application directly to the department office.

Please visit your department website to find out additional requirements and document deadlines

Depending on the program you applied to, the GRE, GMAT, MAT, CBEST, or CSET exam may be required for admission. Please check your program’s admission requirements for more information. 


How do I submit official transcripts? 

Electronic- transcripts sent electronically or as a PDF attachment MUST come directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted for admission review. 

Have your institution email transcripts to:
Fresno State Admissions OR Fresno State Division of Graduate Studies*

Hardcopy- transcripts must remain in their original, sealed envelope. 

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Office
California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave M/S JA57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

*This is a secure email for transcript submission ONLY. Email any questions regarding your application or transcripts to

How do I submit official test scores?

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.

ETS Code- California State University, Fresno (4312)


Domestic students with internationally earned degrees must submit the following for admission review:

  • Cal State Apply application and $70 application fee. The application fee is nonrefundable.
  • Official transcripts or marks sheets
  • Official diploma or degree certificate
  • Certified English translation of transcripts and degree certificate if documents are not already translated to English
  • Per CSU Policy, applicants with a degree earned outside the United States where the mean of instruction is not primarily English MUST take the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 80) or IETLS exam (minimum score of 6.5).
  • A professional evaluation from a certified agency is NOT required but may be submitted with official transcripts to expedite the review process


Thank You For Applying!

Application Steps
Next Steps   
Step 1  Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email from Fresno State containing your Student ID number and next steps within 5-7 business days. 
Step 2 

Once all transcripts, test scores, and other required admission materials have been submitted, your Cal State Apply application will be evaluated to determine if you meet CSU minimum eligibility requirements. 

Applications are reviewed within 2-8 weeks from the date all application materials are submitted.

Step 3

If you meet CSU minimum eligibility requirements, your application will be sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator for a final review.

All application materials required by the program (letters of intent, letters of recommendation, etc.) should be submitted by the program deadline. 

Step 4  Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email notification with your admission status update. Students are encouraged to check their email account regularly, including Spam or Junk folder. 

Check Your Application & Transcript Status

  1. Once you are logged into My Fresno State, select Student Self Service tile.
  2. Select the green arrow next to My Admissions and Program Applications turning it into a down green arrow and click on Univ Application Status link.
  3. From the Univ Application Status page, you will be able to see the current application status, semester of application, and official transcript status.

Graduate Student Standing

Congratulations! You’ve been admitted to Fresno State for postbaccalaureate study. As a newly admitted student, you will be assigned a student standing. Please see the chart below to better understand your student standing. 

Graduate Student Standing
Classification Status  Description 
Conditionally Classified The applicant has been admitted conditionally to the program, but not yet satisfied all program admission requirements. Conditionally Classified students must meet all assigned admission conditions in order to attain classified standing in their program.
Classified The applicant has been admitted to the university and fulfilled all program admission requirements. Classified graduate students are those who have been fully admitted to their program.
Credential/Certificate Classified The applicant has been formally admitted to a credential or certificate program. 


University Admission Requirements

All admitted students, regardless of their student standing, MUST submit final official transcripts and test scores before they can be fully admitted to the university. 

Students who do not submit final admission requirements will be subject to delays in financial aid disbursement and prevention of registration in their second semester. 

To determine which requirements still need to be submitted, please visit your student center at MyFresnoState.

Notice to Students RE: Professional Licensure and Certification

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a California State University program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).


Applicants who do not meet the Title V admission requirements (see CSU minimum eligibility criteria) will be denied to the university. Applications may be denied for one of the following:

  1. The applicant does not hold a GPA of at least 2.5 in either their cumulative GPA or last 60 (90 quarter) units completed
  2. The applicant has not completed or will not complete a bachelor’s degree program by the start of the graduate term
  3. The applicant has not earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institutio
  4. The applicant has not passed the TOEFL or approved equivalent English Competency exam
  5. The applicant did not leave their last institution attended in good academic standing

Applicants will have the option to pursue an appeal of this decision through the Assessment for Special Admission process. An admissions appeal will require both the support of the graduate program to which you applied as well as approval from the Dean of The Division of Research and Graduate Studies. 

For more information about this process including the link to the form, visit: Assessment for Special Admission.

Students denied by the program are not eligible to appeal the decision through the Assessment for Special Admission process. 

If you have questions regarding your admission status, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 559.278.4073 or

Second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Pursuant to Executive Order 1084, students seeking a second baccalaureate degree will only be considered for nursing majors.

For applicants pursuing a second bachelors in nursing, a Cal State Apply application and NursingCAS application must be submitted. View the Nursing Department’s website for more information. 



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