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Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling

Apply to the M.S. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling Program

Application Period

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

application period
Spring 2022 Fall 2022
August 1, 2021 - October 1, 2021 October 1, 2022 - March 1, 2022

Cal State 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 "Marriage, Family & Child Counseling" 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 requirements for the Kremen School in the "Program Materials" section of the Cal State Apply application. This section must be completed to be eligible for consideration for program admission.

MFCC Cohort Statement

The Marriage, Family, Child Counseling (MFCC) program and the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation are committed to student success through quality education and the development of counselor identity aligning with both CACREP accreditation and the State of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences. The MFCC program has recently made changes to comply with CACREP standards. The following changes to the MFCC program effective Spring 2021:

  1. Each semester, 18 students will be admitted into a cohort
  2. Due to the implementation of a cohort model, admitted students are expected to maintain full time status and take designated courses aligning with their specific cohort.
  3. Scheduling of the courses will take place during both day and evening times. Most courses are held from 1:00-3:50pm, 4:00-6:50 pm, 7:00-9:50 pm (Course times may change and alter.)


Kremen School Application Detail

 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. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and higher will be given priority.

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.  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)

The General Program Recommendation with Letter Upload is required to be submitted by your recommender. Three recommendations are required. Include 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.

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

 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.


Dr. Mandy GreavesContact the Program Coordinator

Dr. Mandy Greaves 

Student Services

Room: ED100
Phone: 559.278.0300

Graduate Admissions Analyst: Renee Petch

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