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Apply Credential Student

Applicants to a CSUN credential program are considered for admission as post-baccalaureate classified students. Students interested in earning a credential should review the eligibility requirements below, the University Catalog Credential Programs section and the Credential Office website.

Please review the Pre-Admission Disclosure for Academic Programs Leading to Licensure or Credentialing.

Two Application Processes

  • Applicants to credential programs must apply to both the university and the specific credential program. Many credential programs have higher admission standards than the university admission criteria, and all credential programs require a separate application.
  • While credential programs continue accepting applications after the university’s initial filing period, some individual programs may accept applications only for fall (not spring) admission. 

For credential program filing requirements and deadlines, review the Credential Office website and How to Apply to Credential Programs.

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Admission Criteria - Credential Programs

Applicants are considered for admission to CSUN when they meet both university and credential program eligibility requirements. To be admitted to CSUN (the university) as a credential student, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  3. Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in this calculation. Lower division courses or courses taken in extension (except in concurrent enrollment at CSUN at the upper division course level) after obtaining the bachelor's degree will be EXCLUDED from the calculation.

How to Apply

  1. Check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the Admissions Calendar
  2. Submit an online application to the University as a graduate student through CSU Mentor.  PLEASE NOTE: If the application filing period for the individual credential program you desire is closed, please do not apply on CSUMentor. Contact the Credential Office for guidance. 
  3. You must also complete a Credential Program Application. For forms and instructions, visit the Credential Office How to Apply webpage.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admission process go smoothly with these steps:

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for a communication from CSUN confirming our receipt of your online CSUMentor application.

    —If you applied before January 20, 2017, you should have received an "Activate Your CSUN User ID and Password" letter from Admissions and Records about 2 to 4 weeks after you applied.

    —If you apply after January 23, 2017, you will receive an “Activate Your CSUN Account” email sent to the inbox you provided on your admission application. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. Follow the set-up instructions in the email.

    —For help, see account activation instructions.

  2. Monitor your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your Incomplete Tasks such as missing transcripts. For help with the portal, see the How To Guides.
  3. Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge ("My Announcements").
  4. Send the $55 CSUN application fee if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.

Remember, we want to communicate with you!

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Take a moment to verify your paper mailing address in myNorthridge Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission was denied or your offer of provisional admission has been withdrawn, see Admission and Deadline Appeals.