Graduate Admission Requirements

Application deadlines: 

Fall: June 1 (Application Opens October 1)
        April 1 (Early Application Deadline)

Spring: October 1 (Application Opens August 1)
            October 15 (Supporting documents deadline)

*Please make sure to check if your program of interest is accepting applications for Spring 2017.

You are an International Student if: 

You are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green Card)
You hold or intend to hold non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 visa status while you are studying at CSU Fresno

How to Apply

1.     Submit an online graduate application at Cal State ApplyAlso, a non-refundable Application Fee of $55 USD for graduate application can be paid by credit card. During online application OR mailed in the form of check, money order or wire transfer payable to The California State University, Fresno.

2.     Official English Proficiency Score Report (Institution Code: 4312)
                             Graduate: TOEFL - Minimum of 80 iBT
                             IELTS - Minimum of 6.5 Band Score
                             PTE Academic - Minimum 53
                             Pearson's Test of English - 53

NOTE: Mail in an unofficial score report along with other required documents.

3.     Original or certified copies of Academic Credentials with literal English translation. All academic work must be included. See chart below.


4.     Financial document (no older than 6 months) from sponsors showing the amount and source of support.

5.     A copy of the biographic information/photo page in your passport.

6.     Three Letters of Recommendation (if applicable).

7.     Official admission test score report (GRE* or GMAT*) - if applicable
     *Required by certain graduate programs.

NOTE: Mail in an unofficial score report along with other required documents.

8.     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.


Await Confirmation of Application 

You will receive an automatic email response confirming our receipt of your online application. 

* Your application cannot be processed until all required materials are received.


Express mail your completed application documents to:  

California State University, Fresno
International Student Services & Programs (ISSP)
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56 
Fresno, California 93740 USA


After being admitted, we will notify you via email of your admissions decision. Below are the three mailing options for receiving your acceptance package:

Option 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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.