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International Office

Graduate Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

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Application Opens

October 1

Early Application Deadline

April 1

Late Application & Supporting Documents Deadline

June 1



Application Opens

August 1

Application and Required Supporting Documents Deadline

November 1

*Deadlines may vary by each graduate program, please see detailed information at: Graduate Program Criteria 
(Once you are on the Graduate Program Criteria page, please scroll down to the program listings.)

You are an International Student if:

You are not a U.S. Citizen or a Permanent Resident (Green Card)
You hold or intend to hold non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 visa status while you are studying at Fresno State.

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How to Apply

1. Submit a Cal State Apply online and pay $70 USD (non-refundable) by credit card.


Submit the Paper Application. To avoid errors, please type your information in the fillable form.  Then, pay $70 USD (non-refundable) at by credit card.  Or, it can be paid by check, money order, or bank draft.  Please make it payable to "California State University, Fresno".

2.  English language proficiency (Institutional Code: 4312)

     Also email in an unofficial score report along with other required documents.

     TOEFL – 80 iBT, or

     IELTS – 6.5, or

     Duolingo - 105 (some programs require 110), or

     Pearson’s Test of English - 53, or

     iTEP – 4.5

If a graduate applicant has earned a bachelors or master's degree from a college or university in the United States, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

*CSU Fresno interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.

Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia; Canada (Quebec needs
English Demonstration); Ireland; New Zealand; UK; Antigua; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize;
Bermuda; Botswana; Dominica; Gambia; Ghana; Grand Cayman Is.; Grenada; Guyana;
Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Mauritius; Nigeria; Scotland; Sierra Leone; South Africa;
St. Kitt; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago; Uganda; Virgin Islands;
Wales; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

3. Original or certified copies of in-progress or final transcripts: 

All university marksheets, transcripts and *degree certificate with literal English translation. Secondary school (high school) documentations are not required.  

*Degree certificate (or diploma) is available at the time of applying for admission.

4. Passport: Submit a copy of the information/photo passport page.

5.  Official GRE or GMAT (see programs that require the exam in the Step 6).

     Also email in an unofficial score report along with other required documents.

6. Additional Documents (such as SOP, resume or letters of recommendation)

Applicants must meet additional requirements as specified: Graduate Program Criteria
(Once you are on the Graduate Program Criteria page, please scroll down to the program listings.)

7. Financial document (no older than 6 months) and Affidavit of Support from sponsors showing the amount and source of support for a minimum of one school year of study. For details please review the estimated yearly cost chart. 

*You may submit the two items after receiving the acceptance from the university.

Please scan the unofficial documents listed above in PDF format and email (including the English language proficiency exam score, SOP, resume, and letters of recommendation) to the International Admissions Officer: 


If you are accepted to the university, please bring or mail your official final documents to:

California State University, Fresno
International Office
Attention:  International Admissions
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA56
Fresno, California 93740 USA