International Admissions

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Important Note

Due to increased enrollment demands, Cal State Northridge does not accept applications for second bachelor’s degree programs from international applicants. No exceptions are anticipated at this time. 

However, if future exceptions are made, international applicants will need to meet the eligibility requirements listed below. For updates, please email us at intladm@csun.edu

All students are urged to determine whether a graduate program better meets their needs. 
Helpful: University Catalog - Graduate Studies and Programs.

An international second bachelor’s applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa or J-1 (exchange) visa, who is in the process of completing or has completed a post-secondary degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, and who wishes to pursue a second bachelor’s degree in an approved major at CSUN.

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University Requirements

A second bachelor's degree applicant is admitted to CSUN as a graduate student and must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted; and
  • The applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and 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; 
  • The applicant holds an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at an institution; and
  • The applicant's major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree.

Before applying, please read Programs Leading to Licensure or Credentialing.

International Admissions Criteria

International applicants to CSUN are required to submit the following:

  1. Complete the “International Online Application” for graduate students at Cal State Apply. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections.
  2. A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee payable to CSUN must accompany your application.
  3. Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. Both pages of the financial affidavit and the bank statement may be emailed to your International Admissions advisor.
  4. All OFFICIAL academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas in original language of issue. Do not fax academic records. Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are required to have the institution(s) in the U.S. send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  5. Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. Do not fax translations.
  6. Send all OFFICIAL transcripts and translations directly to:

California State University, Northridge
Attention: Office of International Admissions
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
U.S.A.

7. Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.

8. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

English Language Requirement

The English language tests and minimum scores listed in the table below are accepted by CSUN for graduate applicants.

Test Name 
and Website
Minimum Score Required for Graduate StudentsSend Score Directly 
To CSUN
IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System6.5 or higherHave IELTS send a copy of your Test Report Form to CSUN.
PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English58 or higherOnline through your PTE Academic Account
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

—Computer-based score: 213
—Internet Based score: 79
—Paper-based score: 550

We do not accept TOEFL ITP.

Use CSUN School Code 4707.

Exception:  If a second bachelor's applicant has earned a bachelor's degree from a college or university in the U.S., the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required.

If a second bachelor's applicant has earned a bachelor's degree from a college or university outside the U.S. where English is the principal language of instruction, the TOEFL or other English language proficiency exam is not required. Please note:

  • CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.
  • Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

If you have any questions, please contact an International Admissions Advisor.

CSUN Intensive English Program and Conditional Admission:

An Intensive English Program (IEP) is offered through CSUN’s Tseng College of Extended Learning. The International Admissions Office works closely with the IEP office to offer "conditional admission" to academically eligible students enrolled in the IEP. Admission to the university is guaranteed once the student has completed the English language requirement (TOEFL or other acceptable test). Read more at Intensive English and University Pathways.

After You Apply

After you have applied to CSUN, make the rest of your application process go smoothly.

  1. Set up your access to myNorthridge Portal and CSUN email. Watch for the “Activate Your CSUN Account” email from CSUN Admissions and Records sent to the address you provided in Cal State Apply. You should receive the email 1 or 2 days after you apply. For help, see account activation instructions.
  2. Check your application status. Log into myNorthridge Portal, locate “My Checklist," and review your complete and 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 address, by regular mail, and in myNorthridge Portal ("My Announcements").

You will be notified by the Office of International Admissions of your admissibility to the university. If you are admitted, you'll need to take a few more steps. Read more at Admitted International Students.

If the Office of International Admissions informs you that you are not admissible, and that you have been denied admission to the university, you may appeal this decision. For details and instructions to submit an appeal, please see Admission Appeals.