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Master of Science in Counseling

Apply to the M.S. in Counseling Program


Application Period

The deadlines below apply to both the Cal State Apply and Kremen School Application.

application period
Spring 2021 Fall 2021
Closed October 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021

Two Applications Required

  1. Kremen School Application: See below for the program application.
  2. Fresno State Application: Apply at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Submit Your Kremen School Application

Email: 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 the same email above. A copy of the rubric may be downloaded here. Please have your recommender put your name in the subject line.

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

Kremen School Application Process

Applicants for both the option in School Counseling and Student Affairs and College Counseling must complete all of the requirements below, EXCEPT - the Certificate of Clearance requirement is only needed from School Counseling applicants.

Fill in the information and submit with required documentation.
Application

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

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

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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

M.S. in Counseling, option in School Counseling applicants ONLY

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

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

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

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must include:

  • Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement.
  • 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

In addition to the above requirements, applicants must include:

  • Evidence of passing Basic Skills Requirement.
  • 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

Questions?

Dr. Dominiqua GriffinSchool Counseling Program Coordinator

Dr. Dominiqua Griffin
dmg31@csufresno.edu 
559.278.0383

Dr. Soua XiongStudent Affairs and College Counseling Program Coordinator

Dr. Soua Xiong
sxrhs@csufresno.edu 
559.278.0316