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Who Should Apply?

The MS Chemistry degree program is designed for students interested in any area of Chemistry or Biochemistry. We welcome both returning and continuing students, and we are often able to accommodate working students.

To be eligible for admission to the MS Chemistry program, you must have the equivalent of a Bachelors degree in Chemistry or a closely related field with a GPA of 2.5 or better from a four-year College. International students are encouraged to contact the International Student Services and Programs Office to determine eligibility.

How to Apply

The application deadline for Fall admission is April 1 and must be made online through the CSU Mentor Web site.

All applicants must take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). (You are not required to take the Chemistry Subject GRE for admission to the MS Chemistry program.)

Transcripts and test scores should be sent to: 

Graduate Admissions Office, 5150 North Maple, JA 57, Fresno, CA 93740-8026.

Three letters of recommendation should be sent to: 

Graduate Coordinator, Dept. of Chemistry, 2555 E. San Ramon Avenue, MS SB/70, Fresno, CA93740-8034.

Your application cannot be considered until all documents are received by the university.

International students please note: there are additional application requirements for overseas students. An overview of the process is provided below. All international applicants must consult with the International Student Services and Programs Office for current requirements and procedures.

Information for International Applicants

Please note: The information provided here is intended to provide an overview of the application process only. International applicants must consult the International Student Services and Programs (ISSP) Office for current requirements and procedures.

International applicants can apply online using the CSU Mentor Web site. All applicants must take the General Graduate Record Examination (General GRE). All applicants must demonstrate competency in English EITHER with a score of 80 or higher on iBT TOEFL Exam (1) OR 6.5 Overall Band Score on IELTS. Students may be conditionally admitted before completing this requirement.

Official transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and mark sheets of all academic work completed in both your native language and in English must be submitted. Only original documents or certified true copies that are certified by the issuing school are acceptable. If you submit certified true copies, original documents must be presented upon arrival to California State University, Fresno. Notarized documents are not accepted.

A copy of your passport photo/information page must be submitted.

A financial statement demonstrating sufficient funds to cover your graduate studies is required. This should be a bank letter/statement showing the amount and source of support. If your sponsor is a government agency, organization, or other group, you must attach a separate letter from your sponsor that includes the terms of the sponsorship (in English).

After being admitted to the university, ISSP will issue you with an I-20 form. This will enable you to apply for a student F-1 visa through a US Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Please note that this process can take some time and requires an interview at the issuing US Embassy/Consulate.