Overview

This year, the application process for the General Experimental Program is different from the other two programs. For the first time, all of the application materials for the General Experimental program will be through Cal State Apply (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply).

Applications for the Educational Specialists (Ed.S.)and Applied Behavior Analysis programs will be conducted in the same way as previous years in that applicants must first apply to the University through Cal State Apply, but materials required by the Psychology Department must be sent directly to the Psychology Office. 

Graduate Application
Department of Psychology
California State University, Fresno
2576 E. San Ramon M/S ST11
Fresno, CA 93740-8039

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, 2021 for all three programs. 

No program is requiring the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in applications for the Fall 2021 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.  Questions

      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

    2. Documents

      1. CV/Resume

      2. Statement of Purpose

      3. Unofficial Transcripts

      4. Additional Unofficial Transcripts

    3. Recommendations

      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.

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
  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 * (See note on Admission requirements page on CBEST)
  8. Download and sign Application Affidavit*
  9. 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, 2021

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)