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For prospective students

Students in our program have come from around the Central Valley, across the United States, and around the world (most recently from Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, and Ukraine). They have Bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields including Political Science, Anthropology, Criminology, History, International Business, Philosophy, and Sociology. They all have an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world.

To see what some recent alumni have to say about the program, or to contact one of them, click here.

For more details on the International Relations program, click here.

Admission requirements:

Undergraduate GPA: approximately 3.0 or above

GRE general exam

For international students: TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper or 80 Internet based) or IELTS (minimum score 6.5)

3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 of which should be from faculty)

Statement of purpose (1 - 2 pgs.)

Submit your online application and provide all materials required for university admission here.

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Relations Program Director at the following address:

Dr. Melanie Ram, Graduate Coordinator, International Relations MA Program, Dept. of Political Science, M/S MF 19, Fresno, CA 93740-8029 USA

Application deadlines:  April 1 for fall, Nov. 1 for spring (if open)

International students - contact International Admissions

University Links:

Division of Graduate Studies

Graduate Admissions

International Admissions and Services

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Awards

Fees and Expenses

GRE and TOEFL Testing Services

American English Institute


If you have further questions about the International Relations program, please contact Dr. Ram, the graduate program director, at 559-278-5324 or

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