Overview

All of the application materials for the Psychology Graduate programs will be through Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply). Additional information on application procedures will be available early in Fall 2021 semester. Please check our website.

The specific application requirements for each program are described below. 

All materials must be submitted online and/or received by the department no later than February 1, 2022 for all three programs. 

No program is requiring the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in applications for the Fall 2022 cohort. 

General Experimental Program 

All application materials are available through Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply).

This seven-minute video describes the process of applying to the General Experimental Program.

At Cal State Apply, students will be required to

  1. Fill out the online application for the University. 

    1. Provide Personal Information

    2. Provide Academic History

    3. Provide Supporting Information

    4. Pay the processing fee ($55)

  2. Add Program, locate and check (√) the General Experimental Psychology Program

  3. Provide all the Program Materials, which include these three tabs:

    1. Overall GPA, GPA for the last 90 units, GPA for your major

    2. Identify the courses that you have taken in Psychology. These courses are not required for applications but are recommended. 

    3. Pick three faculty members that you would like to serve as your mentor. To find out research interests of faculty, go to the Research page

    4. Rank the order of the three faculty members with regards to your preference. 

    5. Read and agree to the Application Acknowledgments

    1. CV/Resume

    2. Statement of Purpose

    3. Unofficial Transcripts

    4. Additional Unofficial Transcripts

    1. Choose three people to write and submit a letter of recommendation for application. These are often from academic research advisors or instructors, but they can also come from other people that know your character and capabilities. 

    2. Fill out a separate request form for each recommender, and they will receive an email request.

    1.  Questions

    2. Documents

    3. Recommendations

Applied Behavior Analysis Program Requirements:

  1. Cal State Application
  2. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) 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. Download and sign Application Affidavit *

*materials that are to be sent directly to Psych department

School Psychology (Ed.S.):

  1. Cal State Application
  2. School Psychology (Ed.S.) Application (Will be submitted via Quadrant 4 of Cal State Apply – instructions to be announced.) 
  3. Statement of Purpose 
    • “Identify your professional goals; (1) present your vision of yourself as a school psychologist in our increasingly diverse society, and (2) address why you will be a 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.
  6. Unofficial transcripts 
  7. Unofficial CBEST Scores 
  8. Download and sign Application Affidavit
  9. Download and sign a completed Verification of No Criminal Record

Please remember the Psychology Department deadline for all three of our graduate programs is February 1, 2022

5. Supporting Materials Sent Directly to the University

The following materials are required by the University:

  • 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 your official transcript.

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 

(See note on Admission requirements page on CBEST)