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Graduate Program Application Requirements 

MS in Counseling

  • Option in Student Affairs and College Counseling - Fall 2021 - applications open October 1, deadline March 1.

  • Option in School Counseling / Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential - Fall 2021 - Applications open October 1, deadline March 1.


Two applications are required:

  1. Fresno State (apply at www.calstate.edu/apply)
  2. Kremen School

Applications may be submitted by:

Email - program application and supporting documents may be emailed to KremenGradApp@mail.fresnostate.edu.  For letters of recommendation, your recommender may mail the letter and rubric to the address below, or email the letter and rubric to KremenGradApp@mail.fresnostate.edu.  Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.  A copy of the rubric may be downloaded here

Mail - You may include your sealed letters of recommendation in your application packet.  Applications 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

The following describes in detail the requirements for the Kremen School application for each program.


 Student Affairs and College Counseling

Program Application

 Fill in the information and submit with required documentation.
APPLY NOW

 

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.

Graduate program applicants who do not meet this requirement but meet the University minimum GPA requirement for graduate admissions (2.5) may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee based on compelling evidence of academic and professional potential (i.e. recent academic performance, extensive experiential background) as described in the Statement of Purpose

Complete a Statement of Purpose

This is a 2 page (single-space, 12 size font, 1-inch margins) 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. Make sure you address the following areas:

  • Immediate educational goals that align with the curriculum of the counseling program
  • Evidence of motivation to pursue and succeed in the counseling program
  • Long-term career goals in relation to the counseling profession
  • Evidence of experience with competencies related to the program (e.g., reflection, critical thinking, professional ethics, valuing diversity, collaboration, life-long learning)

Provide Three (3) Sealed Letter 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.

Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please attach a professional resume/vitae that highlights your academic background, employment history, professional activities and roles, and other experiences that support your application.

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 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 144 or 143, 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 

Interview with program faculty

Applicants passing the initial screening may be contacted for faculty interviews.

*TOEFL Score - 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.

 School Counseling

Program Application

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation.
APPLY NOW

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.
 

Graduate program applicants who do not meet this requirement but meet the University minimum GPA requirement for graduate admissions (2.5) may be considered for admission at the discretion of the program admission committee based on compelling evidence of academic and professional potential (i.e. recent academic performance, extensive experiential background) as described in the Statement of Purpose

Complete a Statement of Purpose

This is a 2 page (single-space, 12 size font, 1-inch margins) 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. Make sure you address the following areas:

  • Immediate educational goals that align with the curriculum of the counseling program
  • Evidence of motivation to pursue and succeed in the counseling program
  • Long-term career goals in relation to the counseling profession
  • Evidence of experience with competencies related to the program (e.g., reflection, critical thinking, professional ethics, valuing diversity, collaboration, life-long learning)

 

Provide Three (3) Sealed Letter 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.

Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please attach a professional resume/vitae that highlights your academic background, employment history, professional activities and roles, and other experiences that support your application.

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 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 144 or 143, 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

 

 

Certificate of Clearance

A Certificate of Clearance is an admission requirement for the School Counseling program.  Applicants will need to include a copy of their Certificate of Clearance in the application packet.  

30 day substitute teaching permits will no longer be accepted in lieu of the Certificate of Clearance

Instructions on how to apply for the Certificate of Clearance

Interview with program faculty

Applicants passing the initial screening may be contacted for faculty interviews.

*TOEFL Score - 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.

Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Advanced Credential General Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must include:

  • Evidence of passing the CBEST
  • Copy of valid Teaching Credential or Certificate of Clearance - 30 day substitute teaching permits will no longer be accepted in lieu of a valid Teaching Credential or Certificate of Clearance

Credential ONLY Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must include:

  • Evidence of passing the CBEST
  • Copy of valid Teaching Credential or Certificate of Clearance - 30 day substitute teaching permits will not be accepted in lieu of a valid teaching credential or Certificate of Clearance
  • Prerequisite COUN 174 and ERE 153