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General Information for Graduate Programs

We will not be requiring the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in applications for the Fall 2021 cohort in any of our programs.

Invitation to Graduate Applicants

Thank you for considering applying to the California State University, Fresno, graduate programs in Psychology. We have included a description of Fresno State, the Department of Psychology, the facilities and resources available for graduate students, and the courses and requirements for the Master's degree programs in Psychology.  (Click here for employment opportunities for advanced psychology degree holders).

We offer three graduate programs in Psychology. All three programs have a strong emphasis on research and the empirical foundation of psychology:

  • The Master of Arts - General/Experimental (M.A.G/E) program is oriented toward individuals who intend to eventually pursue a doctoral degree at another university, pursue a career in Research Analysis, or teach at a community college level; this program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours. This program operates within a "mentorship model" in which students work closely with a faculty member whose research interests align with their own. Together, the student and faculty member develop a research question and hypothesis which eventually turns into the final product of the graduate experience: an experimental thesis.
  • The Master of Arts -Applied Behavior Analysis (M.A.-ABA) is a two-year, full-time graduate program and requires a minimum of 44 units of coursework.  Our coursework is a BACB® Verified Course Sequence for the 4th Ed. content requirements. We provide an all students with an approved practicum experience to meet the BACB® requirements of 1000 hours of university practicum, with support, and supervision contingent on satisfactory performance in their placement.  All students complete an experimental thesis in close collaboration with their faculty advisor as a culminating experience. The ABA program option is intended to prepare students to be active, effective, and ethical contributors to the science and practice of behavior analysis. 
  • The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) program has an emphasis in School Psychology; this program requires a minimum of 69 semester hours and is a terminal degree program for those pursuing careers in School Psychology. Students in the Ed.S. program are required to spend one full day a week during the first year and one and a half days a week the second year at a school site in practicum. The third year of the program is spent in internship at a school site. 

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Due to the number of applicants we typically do not admit unclassified graduate students to our program. The acceptance to applicant ratio varies significantly from year to year.

We hope that the materials on the web site will help you make an informed choice about your graduate education. For further information, please contact the following Coordinators:

Martin Shapiro, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the M.A. Psychology (General/Experimental)
Graduate Committee Chair
Graduate Advisor
Marianne Jackson, Ph.D., BCBA
Coordinator of the M.A. Psychology - option in Applied
Behavior Analysis
Marilyn Wilson, Ph.D., NCSP
Coordinator of the Ed.S. School Psychology