Overview

There are four portions of a complete application to the graduate program in Psychology:

  1. Online application to the University
  2. Program application to the Department
  3. Pick a program
  4. Supporting materials sent directly to the Department
  5. Supporting materials sent directly to the University

Download this  helpful PDF checklist. Once you've checked all the boxes, your application is complete!

1. Online Application to the University

In order to apply to the Psychology department graduate programs, students must apply directly to the University Graduate Admissions office. Apply online at Cal State Apply, an external site handling University applications.

Students will be required to:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Supply transcripts as requested
  3. Supply GRE scores as requested
  4. Pay a processing fee ($55)
  5. PLEASE NOTE: disregard the request for the "statement of purpose" on the Cal State Apply application. You will have an opportunity to submit your statement of purpose in the program application (instructions below).
  6. Deadline for Cal State Application is February 1, 2019

Any delay in the receipt of the required documents will result in the holding back of your application. For further information on the university application process, please visit:

Division of Graduate Studies admissions page

International applicants should visit the International Students Office website.

For detailed information on the Cal State Apply application, please click here.

2. Program Application to the Department

The Psychology department's requirements for admission are higher than those for the University. Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance to the Psychology department graduate programs.

Along with completing the general University application and paying the $55 processing fee, Psychology applicants must also complete a separate  Program Application.  

Before you fill out the Program Application, please look over the following list of things you will need. You should gather these materials before applying, so that your experience with the Program Application goes smoothly.

  1. Pick A Program: our three programs have different requirements so please review carefully.
  2. Fill out the Program Application and collect application materials.
  3. Once your Cal State Apply application has been submitted, your department application has been filled out, and you have all your application materials, you are then ready to submit your application packet.
  4. Psych department application and application materials must either be mailed directly to department or physically handed in.
  5. Mailing and location information for the Psychology department can be found in section 4: Supporting Materials Sent Directly to the Department 
  6. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT BY FEBRUARY 1, 2019. NO EXCEPTIONS.

3. Pick a Program

The Psychology Department at Fresno State has three graduate programs: General/Experimental (GE) Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and School Psychology (Ed.S.). Each program has different requirements so please review carefully.

General/Experimental (GE) Program Requirements:

  1. Cal State Application
  2. Department Application *
  3. List 3 potential Psych professors you would want to work with starting with your top choice *
    • Psych professors and their research interests can be found under our Research Directory.
  4. Statement of purpose *
    • “Identify your professional goals; present your vision of yourself as a psychology professional in our increasingly diverse society, and address why you will be “good” for the profession.”
    • Please limit your response to 1000 words or two-three pages double spaced.
  5. CV/Resume *
  6. 3 letters of recommendation *
    • We typically expect at least two academic letters but the third can be from relevant work or volunteer experience.
    • Please have your recommender mail their letter directly to the Psychology Department
    • Psychology Department
      California State University, Fresno
      2576 E. San Ramon Ave., ST11
      Fresno, CA  93740-8039
  7. Unofficial transcripts *
  8. Unofficial GRE scores *
  9. Download and sign Application Affidavit *

*materials that are to be sent directly to Psych department

Applied Behavior Analysis Program Requirements:

  1. Cal State Application
  2. Department Application *
  3. List 3 potential ABA faculty members you would want to work with starting with your top choice *
    • Psych professors and their research interests can be found under our Research Directory.
  4. Statement of purpose *
    • “Identify your professional goals; present your vision of yourself as a psychology professional in our increasingly diverse society, and address why you will be “good” for the profession.”
    • Please limit your response to 1300 words or two-three pages single spaced.
  5. CV/Resume *
  6. 3 letters of recommendation *
    • We typically expect at least two academic letters but the third can be from relevant work or volunteer experience.
    • Please have your recommender mail their letter directly to the Psychology Department
    • Psychology Department
      California State University, Fresno
      2576 E. San Ramon Ave., ST11
      Fresno, CA  93740-8039
  7. Unofficial transcripts *
  8. Unofficially GRE scores *
  9. Download and sign Application Affidavit *

*materials that are to be sent directly to Psych department

School Psychology (Ed.S.):

  1. Cal State Application
  2. Department Application *
  3. Statement of Purpose *
    • “Identify your professional goals; present your vision of yourself as a psychology professional in our increasingly diverse society, and address why you will be “good” for the profession.”
    • Please limit your response to 1300 words or two-three pages single spaced.
  4. CV/Resume
  5. 3 letters of recommendation *
    • We typically expect at least two academic letters but the third can be from relevant work or volunteer experience.
    • Please have your recommenders mail their letters directly to the Psychology Department
    • Psychology Department
      California State University, Fresno
      2576 E. San Ramon Ave., ST11
      Fresno, CA  93740-8039
  6. Unofficial transcripts *
  7. Unofficial CBEST Scores *
  8. Unofficial GRE scores *
  9. Download and sign Application Affidavit*
  10. Download and sign a completed Verification of No Criminal Record 

*materials that are to be sent directly to Psych department

 

4. Supporting Materials Sent Directly to the Department

The Psych department graduate application and application materials should be sent to the following address:

Psychology Department 
California State University, Fresno
2576 E. San Ramon Ave., ST11
Fresno, CA  93740-8039

 

Please remember the Psychology Department deadline for all three of our graduate programs is February 1, 2019

5. Supporting Materials Sent Directly to the University

The following materials are required by the University:

  • Official GRE test scores (processed through ETS website)
  • Official transcripts (sealed and ordered from previously attended colleges)

You do not have to send any portion of the Psychology graduate application to the University graduate admissions office. You only have to send the two items listed above.

These documents must be mailed to the appropriate admissions office (see Domestic or International Students).

 

Domestic Students mail documents to:

California State University, Fresno
Graduate Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. JA 57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

 

International Students mail documents to:

California State University, Fresno
Attn: International Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. JA 56
Fresno, CA 93740-8026