Graduate Applicants

Before Applying

Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in joining our Bulldog Family!  There are many things you can do to get ready to join us at Fresno State.  Below are a couple of things you can do to prepare:
  • Don't just visit campus, Take a Tour led by one of our students and find out about the many programs we offer.
  • Want some more information about Fresno State and our programs? Fill out our Information Request Form and join our mailing list.
  • Almost ready to apply?  Before you do, Request and Appointment with one of our Undergraduate Admissions Counselors who can assist you as you prepare to apply to Fresno State.

In addition to all these activities you can do, visit our Undergraduate Student Recruitment page and find out all the information you need on admissions eligibility and costs.

Admission requirements

The minimum university requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title V, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall:
  1. Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have satisfied any one of the following:
    • attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree, or
    • or attained a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted,
    • or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
  4. satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.

Critical dates

Graduate Applicants Fall 2017 Critical Dates

(Extensions will not be granted on these deadlines)

October 2016

Saturday, October 1
Applications accepted at

June 2017

Thursday, June 1
Deadline to submit application

Thursday, June 15
Application fees, transcripts, residency information (if required) and test scores must be postmarked by this date

*Some programs have earlier deadlines, or do no accept applications for spring semester admission. Additionally, some graduate programs require additional materials (separate applications, letters, GRE subject tests, etc.). Please refer to the Program Admission Criteria Sheet for additional information and deadlines.

Applying to Fresno State

How to apply

Fresno State's admission application can be found at

For help completing your Cal State Apply application you may:

On campus you may contact Division of Graduate Studies office at 559.278.2448.

NOTE: You must indicate one of the following degree objectives on your application.

  • Specific Graduate Degree Program
  • Credential Program
  • Specific Certificate of Advanced Study

Persons who are undeclared should contact Open University (Division of Continuing and Global Education, 278.0333).

Graduate & Postbaccalaureate Application Procedures

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and postbaccalaureate admissions materials at

Graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants include:

  • Joint Ph.D. and Ed.D. applicants
  • Master's degree applicants
  • Credential applicants
  • Advanced Certificate applicants

Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and a nonrefundable application fee.

To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it will be necessary for any applicant to submit separate applications (including fees) to each campus. An electronic version of the CSU graduate application is available on the World Wide Web at

After your application has been submitted

After your application is submitted

Create your Fresno State student account at

Access your Student Center:
  1. Click My Menu
  2. Click Student Self Service
  3. Click Student Center

Once on the Center page, you can view:
  • To Do List
  • Application Status
  • Important Info and Holds
  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarships

Visit and click on Events for a list of Next Step webinars.

Create Fresno State e-mail account

Campus email can be accessed from or by visiting Email should be checked often. Most Fresno State offices will only correspond through the student email account.

How to check your application status

I’ve submitted my application. How do I know if Fresno State has received everything they need to review my application?

  • Once logged in, click on Student Self Service and then Student CenterApplication Status
  • Once on your Student Center, click on ‘My Admissions and Program Applications’ to view your application status by clicking on Univ Application StatusApplication Status
(Also on the To Do List to the right you can click on details to see which office is asking for the specific item)

Application Status
  • Pay special attention to any application fee holds because the $55 application fee has to be paid by the document deadline for the semester you are applying for.

Application Status

I’ve requested that my official transcripts be sent. Why does my To Do List still show Transcript?
  • If the most recent official transcript you submitted shows any in-progress courses, a Transcript item will remain on your To Do List to remind you that you need to submit a new set of transcripts after the in-progress course is over.
  • You should receive an email letting you know that your initial transcripts have been received. If you attended 2 or more schools within a district, you will get separate emails regarding each institution.
When will I find out if I have been admitted or denied?
  • Spring admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of September and plan to have all applications reviewed by October 31st
  • Fall admission – we start reviewing applications and official transcripts around the third week of January and plan to have all applications reviewed by April 15th

Application Review process


After you've been admitted