Graduate students include those pursuing a master's or doctoral degree. California State University, Northridge (CSUN) offers 84 master's degree options and three doctorate options. Explore CSUN graduate degree programs.
Two Application Processes
- Applicants to master's and doctoral programs must typically apply to both the university and the academic department. Many departments have higher admission standards than the university admission criteria and require a separate departmental application.
- While most graduate programs continue accepting applications after the initial filing period, individual programs may have earlier filing deadlines than the university deadlines, or they may accept applications only for fall (not spring) admission.
For individual program filing requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest at Graduate Programs.
Applicants are considered for admission to CSUN when they meet both university and individual department eligibility requirements. To be considered for admission to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet the following university requirements (items A - C below) and department requirements (item D below):
A. Have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution;
B. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
C. Have satisfied one of the following conditions:
- Have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted; or,
- Have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation; or,
- Hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and:
- Have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, or
- Have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended.
D. Meet the higher admission standards of the individual master's program even when the applicant has met the minimum university requirements (items A - C above). The applications of students who meet the university requirements for admission and who desire admission to a master's program will be reviewed in the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether or not the student meets requirements for admission to its program. Visit the website for the department of interest to review the professional, personal, scholastic and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations or other screening processes as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.
MANY DEPARTMENTS REQUIRE A SEPARATE DEPARTMENTAL APPLICATION. For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed at Graduate Programs.
Students who meet both departmental and university requirements will be admitted as either conditionally classified or classified graduate students. Conditionally classified or classified graduate students may enroll in 500 and 600-level courses although in some programs enrollment is limited to the classified student. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction identified to them by the department graduate coordinator and described in the current University Catalog for individual master's degree options and doctorate options.
Admissions Criteria - Doctoral Programs
To apply to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing admission eligibility requirements on the individual program website. Complete the online application in CSUMentor only after you have been accepted to the doctoral program.
All graduate applicants should apply as follows:
1. Check application deadlines and graduate program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the CSUN Admissions Calendar.
2. Then take the next step for your applicant group:
- Master's program applicants:
- File an online application to the University through CSUMentor.
- At the same time, contact your department of interest at Master's Programs to determine whether they require higher admission standards, an additional departmental application, and/or other documents.
- Doctoral program applicants: Visit the program website for specific admission application instructions.
After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your admissions process go smoothly with these steps:
- Set up your CSUN account and email as explained in the "activate your CSUN user ID and password" letter you received from Admissions and Records. See account activation instructions.
- 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.
- Check often for CSUN correspondence sent to your CSUN email box, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge ("My Announcements").
- Send the $55 application fee if you haven't already done so in CSUMentor.
- Send us your official transcripts (see below).
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.
Your official transcripts are needed to determine your admission eligibility. Soon after you apply to CSUN, send Admissions and Records official transcripts for all of the following:
- All courses taken at other colleges and universities previously attended even if the course work was not completed
- All college courses in which you are currently enrolled (these are your preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts)
- Your final transcripts for work-in-progress as soon as you complete the courses and grades are posted
Find out if you also need to provide a duplicate set of official transcripts to the individual graduate program/department.
All transcripts, preliminary and final, must be official (received in sealed, unopened envelopes). Ask your previous schools to send your official transcripts directly to us. In some cases, transcripts may be sent to CSUN electronically. Check with your previous school.
Send official transcripts to:
CSUN - Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
If your application for admission was denied or your offer of provisional admission has been withdrawn, see Admission and Deadline Appeals.