There are two separate and distinct admission procedures.   You must complete both sets of admission procedures; each occurs independently of the other.  First, you must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies at the University; second you must be admitted to the Departmental Program. 

University Graduate Admission

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and postbaccalaureate admissions materials at Only on-line (electronic) applications are accepted. The application period is now open for the Fall 2016 GIS program. Early application is highly encouraged as space in the program is limited. To expedite the application process through CSUMentor, please email the program coordinator (Dr. Luke Wang, prior to applying online, and notify him of your intent to enroll.

The University has individual application requirements administered by the Division of Graduate Studies. They require specific admission items, such as the submission of the CSUMentor on-line graduate application and application fee, official transcripts, and graduate level test scores (not required for this program).

International Students (and some applicants with foreign documents) must also submit formal TOEFL scores. Specific admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies may be found on their website.

Please note that the $55 application fee is non-refundable, even if you apply to the University after the admission deadline.


Domestic applicants (U.S. and territories) may contact the Graduate Admission Office at 559.278.4073, for more information. All application support materials such as transcripts should be sent directly to their office as soon as possible to this address:

Graduate Admission Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

International applicants may contact the International Admission Office at 559.278.2409, for more information. All application support materials such as transcripts should be sent directly to their office as soon as possible to this address:

International Admission Office
5150 N. Maple Ave. M/S JA 56
Fresno, CA  93740-8026

You can also receive more detailed information by visiting the International Student Services and Programs website.

Department (Program) Admission

In addition to your Division of Graduate Studies Admission (University) process, you must also apply directly to the Department program coordinator. The admission period for the Fall 2016 GIS Certificate is now open. Admission for the Spring term is not accepted as the program spans two consecutive semesters.

Additional Application Materials

Your Application should also include the following materials:

  • A statement of purpose outlining your reasons for attending the GIS Certificate of Advanced Study program (if you did not submit one with your online University-level application through CSU Mentor); 
  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who can attest to your preparation for advanced study (this letter may be included in the application sent by you, or may be sent separately by your evaluator); Download in Word or Adobe PDF format.
  • International students must also submit an unofficial copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.  Our international students must score a minimum 80 composite TOEFL or a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS.

Please email the above Additional Application Materials to:

Dr. Zhi (Luke) Wang, GIS Program Coordinator
California State University, Fresno
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Email Dr. Wang
Your e-mail's Subject line must start with "GIS-Advanced-YourLastName-FirstName." Otherwise, it will not be processed by the program coordinator.

How Will I Be Notified?

You will be notified by the Division of Graduate Studies regarding both the University and Department application decisions.