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Graduate Program Application Requirements

Two applications are required:  

  1. Fresno State (apply at
  2. Kremen School - link to program application provided below

Applications may be submitted by:

Email- application and supporting documents may be emailed to  Your recommender may also email the letter of recommendation and rubric to  A copy of the rubric may be downloaded here.  Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.

Mail - applications, including sealed letters of recommendation, may be mailed to:

Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Center for Advising and Student Services
Attn:  Renee Petch
5005 N. Maple Ave. M/S 301
Fresno, CA 93740 

Fall 2021 - applications open October 1 - Cal State Apply and program application deadline March 1, 2021

Program Application

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation. 

Proof of Application to Fresno State

  • Provide copy of Cal State Apply confirmation page as proof of application, or
  • Provide copy of unofficial Fresno State transcripts showing current enrollment.

Unofficial Transcripts

Provide a copy of all unofficial transcripts (or copy of official transcripts). 

Minimum GPA of 3.0

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 3.0 on any post baccalaureate work at Fresno State.

Complete a Statement of Purpose

This is a 1 -2 page, typed statement of your purpose for applying to the program.  Focus on your present situation and your short and long-term professional goals.  The form is included in the program application packet. 

Provide Three (3) Sealed Letters of Recommendation

Include letters of reference and rubrics from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate student in the program.  The rubric form is included in the program application packet. 

Interview with Program Faculty

Interviews are conducted as a way of obtaining additional information about potential students to help with program admission decisions.

Writing Competency

 You must meet this requirement by one of the following:

  • Obtaining a minimum of a 41+ on the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) writing portion, or pass all sections of the entire test (provide copy).
  • Passing all 3 sections of the CSET Multiple Subject test and the Writing Skills test (provide copy).
  • Obtaining a minimum passing score on the Upper Division Writing Examination (UDWE) as an undergraduate.
  • Earning a grade of "B" or better in any "W" course taken at Fresno State.
  • Substitution request approved by the Graduate Coordinator for course taken at another institution.
 To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please complete the Writing Competency Substitution Request form.

Complete Prerequisites from Fresno State with a "C" or better

It is recommended that these courses be completed or in progress prior to applying to the program.  Please highlight the courses on your unofficial transcripts.  These courses cannot be older than 10 years:

  • COUN 174 OR PSYCH 174 - Introduction to Counseling
  • COUN 176 - Counseling and Mental Health OR PSYCH 166 or 66 - Abnormal Psychology
  • ERE 153 - Educational Statistics OR the following Fresno State equivalent courses:  PSYCH 143 or 144, SWRK 171 or 176, SOC 125, DS 123 or HS 202.

To have courses that you have taken at another institution reviewed for substitution, please click on the forms below:

COUN 174 Substitution Request form

COUN 176 Substitution Request form

ERE 153 Substitution Request form

TOEFL Scores - For international students only

If you are an International Student the TOEFL is a requirement for admission to Fresno State.  Verification of the TOEFL score is provided to the program by the International Admissions Office.