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REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Applicants must meet the university requirements for post-baccalaureate admission.

1. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

2. Have been in good standing at the last institute attended.

3. Have at least a 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 in the

upper division), after obtaining the bachelor’s degree will be excluded from the calculation


In addition to the university requirements, the English department has three admission status categories:
Classified, Conditionally Classified and Denied Entrance

A Classified student has fulfilled the following three criteria:

1) A BA in English or have already completed 24 upper-division approved English semester units with 3.0 GPA (If you do not have a BA in English you must take 8 courses from this list of Qualifying Course before applying to the program)

2) A passing score (8) on the Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPEOR a score of 3 or higher on the GRE-Analytical Exam Register Online! 

3) A GPA of 3.6 or greater in upper division English and a 3.0 in their last 60 units OR score in the 80th percentile in the verbal portion of the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

A Conditionally Classified student has a BA in English or has already completed 24 upper-division approved English semester units with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and needs to fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

1) If you do not have a BA in English you must take 8- 3 semester unit courses from this list of Qualifying Course before applying to the program

2) A passing score (8) on the Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) OR a score of 3 or higher on the GRE-Analytical Exam Register Online!

3) A GPA of 3.6 or greater in upper division English and a 3.0 in their last 60 units OR score in the 80th percentile in the verbal portion of the general test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Denied students fall into one or more of these categories:

1) Do not have a BA in English
2) Do not have 24 upper-division approved English semester units (If you do not have a BA in English you must take 8- semester unit courses from this list of Qualifying Course before applying to the program)
3) Do not have the required minimum GPA of 3.0 in UD English units

*Denied students may not take any graduate level courses (500-600).
*Denied students may take qualifying courses (300-400 level) through the Tseng College of Extended Learning to improve GPA or lack of units.

Conditionally classified students may take graduate classes as they work on fulfilling the GRE and UDWPE conditions required for classified status. However, students cannot go beyond 12 units of coursework until classified status is achieved. Note that the English Department's requirements for classification are more stringent than the university's requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: All students with a GPA of 3.59 or less in their upper-division English units must take the GRE­ at least once.
For students who have taken the GRE once and who do not score in the 80th percentile, we have to wait for the GPA of the first 12 graduate units. If a student’s GPA in the first 12 graduate units is 3.5 or higher, the original GRE score will stand and the student does not have to retake the GRE. If a student‘s GPA in the first 12 graduate units is between 3.00 and 3.49, he or she will have to achieve the designated GRE score that matches the GPA in the table below. Students not classified at 12 units must get approval from Dr. Baxter to take classes.

Minimum GPA
(first 12 grad units
    GRE Verbal Score

  3.50-4.00
         3.40
         3.30
         3.20
         3.10
         3.00

*No Minimum (but must take GRE once)
153
153
154
156
157

 

STEPS TO APPLY TO THE MASTERS IN ENGLISH

1.) APPLICATION: Click the link to apply through CSUMENTOR.EDU (This application is for all CSU's, select the Northridge campus). Your upper division English GPA must be 3.0 or higher; your last 60 units (overall gpa) must be 2.5 or higher.

2.) SEPARATE DEPARTMENT APPLICATION: Not Required for the Department of English

3.) LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Not required; please do not send.

4.) STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  Not required

5.) GRE: If your approved upper-division English GPA is 3.6 or above, the GRE will be waived. If your GPA is 3.59 or lower, the Verbal portion of the GRE is required, scoring in the 80th percentile.

6.) WRITING PROFIENCY EXAM (UDWPE): Students who graduated from a CSU campus have passed requirement. All non-CSU students are required to take the WPE and achieve a passing score by the time they complete 12 graduate units.

7.) WRITING SAMPLE: Not required to come into the master's program.

8.) TRANSCRIPTS** Please send official sealed transcripts to:
CSUN, Department of English
18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8248
Attention: Marjie Seagoe.
(please make sure to use the entire zip code to ensure prompt delivery)
(EXCEPTION: Junior College transcripts not required by English department. However, A & R needs them, see below).
NOTE: If you graduated from CSUN with your BA, do not send CSUN transcripts.

8.) SECOND SET OF TRANSCRIPTS** Admissions and Records (A&R) requires one set official sealed transcripts from all college level undergraduate and graduate work done at all institutions attended (including junior colleges). NOTE: If you graduated from CSUN with your BA, do not send CSUN transcripts.
Mail to:
CSUN, Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207 (again, use the entire zipcode to ensure prompt delivery)

9.) Notification: Plan ahead, once Admissions and Records receives all transcripts it takes approximately 8-12 weeks before English Department receives application. Students are notified of status via U.S. Mail.

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