Graduate Admission Requirements

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What you need to apply: Graduate Students

Minimum 2.5 GPA in last 60 units taken or last 2 years of coursework

Score of 80 or higher on iBT TOEFL Exam or 6.5 Overall Band Score on IELTS

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution

Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as required by the major program

Masters’ candidates must meet additional program requirements as specified by the major department. (

Attention to applicants from Bologna Countries

Those with Bologna degrees are now eligible to apply for Graduate admission.  In addition to your academic transcripts/diploma (in original language and English translation), students must also submit their Diploma Supplement.

Conditional admission is available to academically eligible students who have not yet reached the required TOEFL or IELTS score.  For undergraduate students seeking conditional admission, the minimum required score is 46 on TOEFL or 5.5 on IELTS. For graduate students seeking conditional admission, the minimum required score is 68 on  TOEFL or 6.0 on IELTS. Graduate students seeking conditional admission must also meet the other graduate departmental requirements to be eligible.

The American English Institute (AEI) located on the CSU Fresno campus is available for students needing to complete their English language requirement.  Graduate students may also be required to fulfill additional related requirements. Upon satisfying the minimum CSU Fresno TOEFL or IELTS requirement, a student should contact International Admissions to be reconsidered for full admission.

What to Expect

After you submit your online application, you will receive an automatic reply indicating that your application has been received, instructions on how to open a free Fresno State email account and view your Student Portfolio.  At the time that we officially begin processing the application, you will receive an email from the Admissions Specialist who will be handling your file. You can view your Student Portfolio at any time for an update on the status of your application.

Mailing Options:

When a decision has been made, we will first notify you via email of your admissions decision. 

In order for us to send your out your notice of Admissions and I-20, please choose one of the option below.

Option One: University Express Mail Services (UEMS) (Recommended) 

If you would like to receive your I-20 within 3-5 business days after ISSP issues it, then we encourage you to register with University Express Mail Services (UEMS) at

UEMS allows you to receive your I-20 via DHL or FedEx within 3-5 business days with a modest fee at your expense. A tracking number will be available to you when your documents are sent.

UEMS accepts major debit cards and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Discover).

Steps to create an UEMS Account

Option Two: Regular Air Mail

If you decline the University Express Mail Services, then your documents will be sent via regular Air Mail at no cost to you.

We will send the documents via regular Air Mail (approximate delivery time varies between 4-8 weeks) to the address indicated on your admissions application. No tracking number will be available.

Option Three: Authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents

You can also authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents at our office.

STEP 1. Email a statement to to authorize a friend or a relative to pick up your documents.

Provide the following information:

Your Name and student ID
Friend's or Relative's name and contact information
A statement authorizing them to pick up your documents from Fresno State ISSP office

STEP 2. Your friend or relative must have a proper ID and will need to sign for the documents when picking up the documents.