How to Apply

Prerequisites and Requirements

All candidates interested shall meet the university admission requirements, including the following criteria. Applicants must:

  • Already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 units completed.
  • Hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average, if postgrad student.

Course Requirements

businessmanClasses will be conducted online on Blackboard, Fresno State's learning management system. Before you can access Blackboard, you will need a Fresno State email account. You may activate your Fresno State email account with your Fresno State ID number.

Participants must have access to a computer with internet access and capable of running MS Windows-based software. All courses are conducted in English.

How to Apply

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.

University Graduate Admission

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and postbaccalaureate admissions materials at Only on-line (electronic) applications are accepted. The admission period is October 1, 2013 through June 15, 2014 for the Fall 2014 semester. To expedite the application process through CSUMentor, please email the program coordinator (Dr. Keith Clement, prior to applying online, and notify him of your intent to enroll.

The University has individual application requirements administered by the Division of Graduate Studies. They require specific admission items, such as the submission of the csuMentor on-line graduate application and application fee, and official transcripts. GRE test scores are NOT required for admission to this program. 

International Students (and some applicants with foreign documents) must also submit formal TOEFL scores. Specific admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies may be found on their website.

Please note that the $55 application fee is non-refundable, even if you apply to the University after the admission deadline.

Domestic applicants (U.S. and territories) may contact the Graduate Admission Office at 559.278.4073, for more information. All application support materials such as transcripts should be sent directly to their office as soon as possible to this address:

Graduate Admission Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

International applicants may contact the International Admission Office at 559.278.2409, for more information. All application support materials such as transcripts should be sent directly to their office as soon as possible to this address:

International Admission Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 56
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

You can also receive more detailed information by visiting the International Student Services and Programs website.

Department (Program) Admission

In addition to your Division of Graduate Studies Admission (University) process, you must also apply directly to the Department program no later than June 15, 2014 for the Fall 2014 semester. Admission for the Spring term is not accepted as the program spans two consecutive semesters.  You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as space is limited. Classes begin in August, 2014. The Department application can be downloaded here: Word document, PDF document

Additional Application Materials

Your Application should also include the following materials:

  • A statement of personal purpose outlining your goals and objectives for attending the Homeland Security Certificate of Advanced Study program (if you did not submit one with your online University-level application through CSU Mentor);
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your preparation for advanced study (this letter may be included in the application sent by you, or may be sent separately by your evaluator); 
  • 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 80 composite TOEFL or a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Please email the above additional application materials to:

Dr. Keith Clement, Homeland Security Program Coordinator
California State University, Fresno
Department of Criminology
Email Dr. Clement

Your e-mail's Subject line must start with "Homeland Security-Advanced-YourLastName-FirstName." Otherwise, it will not be processed by the program coordinator.

How Will I Be Notified?

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