Graduate Admission Requirements

What you need to apply: 


  • University Transcript (Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution): in original language and English translation with a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 units or 2 years of coursework 
  • TOEFL iBT 80 or IELTS 6.5
  • Passport Copy
  • Financial Documents from sponsors showing the amount and source of support
  • GRE or GMAT (if required by department)
  • Additional Documentation (if required by the department)*

* Masters’ candidates must meet additional program requirements as specified by the major department. 

Attention to applicants from Bologna Countries

Those with Bologna degrees are now eligible to apply for Graduate admission.  In addition to your academic transcripts/diploma (in original language and English translation), students must also submit their Diploma Supplement.

Conditional Admissions

Fresno State offers conditional admission to students without a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS in selected degrees and programs. Students accepted through conditional admissions will not receive an I-20 from the university unless attending the American English Institute (AEI), which offers Intensive English instruction for international students preparing for studies at Fresno State.

Graduate students may also be required to fulfill additional related requirements. Upon satisfying the minimum CSU Fresno TOEFL or IELTS requirement, students should contact International Admissions to be reconsidered for full admission.

What to Expect

After you submit your online application, you will receive an automatic reply indicating that your application has been received, instructions on how to open a free Fresno State email account and view your Student Portfolio.  At the time that we officially begin processing the application, you will receive an email from the Admissions Specialist who will be handling your file. You can view your Student Portfolio at any time for an update on the status of your application.

Mailing Options:

When a decision has been made, we will first notify you via email of your admissions decision. 

In order for us to send your out your notice of Admissions and I-20, please choose one of the option below.

Option One: University Express Mail Services (UEMS) (Recommended) 

If you would like to receive your I-20 within 3-5 business days after ISSP issues it, then we encourage you to register with University Express Mail Services (UEMS) at

UEMS allows you to receive your I-20 via DHL or FedEx within 3-5 business days with a modest fee at your expense. A tracking number will be available to you when your documents are sent.

UEMS accepts major debit cards and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover).

Steps to create an UEMS Account

Option Two: Regular Air Mail

If you decline the University Express Mail Services, then your documents will be sent via regular Air Mail at no cost to you.

We will send the documents via regular Air Mail (approximate delivery time varies between 4-8 weeks) to the address indicated on your admissions application. No tracking number will be available.

Option Three: Authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents

You can also authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents at our office.

STEP 1. Email a statement to to authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents.

Provide the following information:

Your Name and student ID
Friend's or Relative's name and contact information
A statement authorizing them to pick up your documents from Fresno State ISSP office

STEP 2. Your friend or relative must have a proper ID and will need to sign for the documents when picking up the documents.