There are two separate and distinct admission procedures. You must complete both sets of admission procedures; each occurs independently of the other. First, you must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies at the University; second you must be admitted to the Departmental Program. If you are not admitted as a “classified student,” it is quite important you obtain classified standing as soon as possible.

The Department's priority deadline for admission is February 1st, with a final deadline of April 1st each year. We do not offer Spring admission. Deadlines for program applications are independent of the deadlines for the Division of Research and Graduate Studies. The Department encourages early applications.

University Graduate Admission

The University has individual application requirements administered by Division of Graduate Studies. They require specific admission items: official transcripts, GRE scores, and an application form. International students must also submit formal TOEFL scores

Domestic students may contact Graduate Admissions at 559.278.4973 to request a Graduate Admission form or you may apply online. International students may receive more detailed information and an international application by contacting the International Student Services and Programs office at 559.278.2782. Please note that the $55 application fee is non-refundable, even if you apply to the University after the Department of Communication's admission deadline.

All other official supporting documents, such as transcripts, must be mailed to the appropriate admissions office. 

Domestic Students

California State University, Fresno

5150 N. Maple Avenue, M/S JA 57

Fresno, CA 93740-8026

International Students

California State University, Fresno

Attn: International Admissions

5150 N. Maple Avenue, M/S JA 56

Fresno, CA 93740-8026

Department (Program) Admission

In addition to the Division of Graduate Studies' Admission (University) process, you must also send additional application materials directly to the Department of Communication. You should send your statement of purpose, writing sample, and 3 letters of recommendation directly to the Department. 

Your Department application should include the following materials:

  • A statement of purpose outlining your reasons for attending graduate school in Communication (if you did not submit one with your online University-level application through CSU Mentor); 
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your preparation for advanced study (these letters may be included in the application sent by you, or may be mailed separately). Download the recommendation form template here in Microsoft Word format.
  • A sample of your writing (upper division academic paper, project proposal, etc.);
  • International students must also submit an unofficial copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.  Our international students must score a minimum 600 composite TOEFL.

A package, containing all of the above material should be mailed to:

Graduate Coordinator

California State University, Fresno

Department of Communication

5201 North Maple Avenue  M/S SA46

Fresno, CA  93740-8027

You will be notified by the Division of Graduate Studies regarding both the University and Department application decisions. 

For Non-Communication Majors

The Department generally requires graduate applicants without a B.A. in Communication to complete two undergraduate courses, Communication Theory and Rhetorical Theory, prior to admission. Students may be enrolled in these courses at the time of application to our graduate program, but the courses must be completed before a final decision on the application for admission will be made. 

These courses may be taken at California State University, Fresno (course numbers COMM 100: Communication Theory and COMM 140: Rhetorical Theory) through Open University, or students may take the courses elsewhere and submit a transcript to the Graduate Coordinator as well as the Graduate Admissions Office at California State University, Fresno. 

If the applicant has coursework similar to that listed above or has a post baccalaureate degree, the Department may waive this requirement.