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Master of Arts in Education

Apply to the M.A. in Education, option in Curriculum and Instruction Program

Application Deadlines

Application Filing Periods
Spring 2024 Fall 2024
August 1, 2023 - October 1, 2023 October 1, 2023 - June 1, 2024 (April 1 – priority application deadline)

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How to Apply

Apply at

  • Select the term, and click "apply"
  • Sign in, or if a new applicant, create an account
  • From the dashboard, select "Add Program"
  • In the search box, type "Fresno"
  • Scroll down and select "Curriculum & Instruction, MA" by clicking on the "+"
  • Select "My application" from the dashboard
  • Compete all four quadrants "Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information, and Program Materials"

Cal State Apply Graduate Application Guide 

The following describes in detail the program application requirements in the "Program Materials" section of the Cal State Apply application.  This section must be completed in order to be eligible for consideration for program admission.

Located in the  "Program Materials" section in Cal State Apply.

In the "Program Materials" section, please upload copies of your unofficial transcripts.  This is for the program application only.

Please note:  For the university application, Graduate Admissions requires official transcripts from ALL colleges attended after high school, including transcripts with your most recently completed courses, are required for admission. 

*Fresno State graduates are not required to submit Fresno State transcripts to the Admissions Office.

How do I submit official transcripts? 
Electronic- transcripts sent electronically or as a PDF attachment MUST come directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts emailed by the applicant will not be accepted for admission review. 

Have your institution email transcripts to:
Fresno State Admissions OR Fresno State Division of Graduate Studies*

Hardcopy- transcripts must remain in their original, sealed envelope. 

Transcripts should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Office
California State University, Fresno
5150 N. Maple Ave M/S JA57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

*This is a secure email for transcript submission ONLY. Email any questions regarding your application or transcripts to

Graduate program applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted and a minimum of 2.75 on any Post Baccalaureate work at Fresno State

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 General Program Recommendation with Letter Upload is required to be submitted by your recommender.  Request letters of reference from instructors, supervisors, or other individuals who are in a position to evaluate you in terms of your potential for graduate study in the program.  Three recommendations are required. 

In the "Recommenations" section, you will provide your recommender contact information.  Once you have saved an electronic recommendation, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf.  Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.  

You must meet this requirement by ONE of the following:

  • Meet the writing requirement through the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR).  CTC options to meet BSR
  • Obtaining a minimum passing score on the Upper Division Writing Examination (UDWE).
  • Earning a grade of "B" or better in any "W" course taken at Fresno State. (Note: This course cannot be counted toward your graduate degree.)
  • Substitution request approved by the Graduate Programs Coordinator (Dr. Susan Tracz) for a 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.

Please email the form, along with the required documents to the Renee Petch, the Graduate Admissions Analyst at

Forms may also be submitted in person to the Center for Advising and Student Services, Kremen Building room 100, or they 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

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.

English Language Requirements
All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (Some campuses require a higher score.) Applicants taking the computer-based TOEFL must present a score of 213 or above. (Some campuses or programs require a higher score.) In the case of graduate admissions, the CSU minimum for the internet (TOEFL iBT) version of the TOEFL is 80.

For questions, please contact Graduate Admissions at 559/278-4073 or

Requirements to add a Certificate of Advanced Study in (a) Educational Technology or (b) Research Methods

In addition to the above requirements, certificate applicants must provide the following:


Dr. Carol Fry BohlinContact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Carol Fry Bohlin  


Student Services

Room: ED100
Phone: 559.278.0300

Graduate Admissions Analyst: Renee Petch

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