Graduate Students

CSUN offers more than 50 master's degree programs and two doctoral programs. To get started with the admissions process, review the admissions requirements below.

Admissions requirements — doctoral programs

To apply for admission to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing the admissions requirements for either the doctoral program in educational leadership or physical therapy. Complete the online CSUMentor application only after you’ve been accepted to a doctoral program.

Admissions requirements — master's programs

To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet one of the three requirements below.

  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted
  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted at all postsecondary institutions attended — the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation
  • Have a post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution

Applications for master’s programs that meet university requirements for admission will be reviewed by the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether you meet the program requirements for admission. Some departments may require a separate departmental application.

For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed on the Graduate Studies website.

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; however, some programs limit enrollment to classified students. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction as identified by the department graduate coordinator and described in the University Catalog’s Courses of Study section.

Cost of attendance

Degrees and options

Degrees and options offered at CSUN are listed below in alphabetical order. If applicable, options are listed directly underneath the accompanying major. Visit the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN.

Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still accept students. Check the admissions calendar for exceptions.

Accountancy (B.S., M.S.)*
Information Systems, Professional Accountancy

Africana Studies (B.A.)
African-American Urban Education, African and African-American Humanities and Cultural Studies, African and African-American Social Sciences

Anthropology (B.A., M.A.)
Public Archaeology

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A.)
Visual Arts

Asian American Studies (B.A.)

Athletic Training (B.S.)*

Biochemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Biology (B.S., M.S.)*
Biotechnology/Medical Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate, Systems and Operations Management

Central American Studies (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Chicano and Chicana Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A.)
Applied Developmental Science, Early Childhood Development

Cinema and Television Arts (B.A.)*
Electronic Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Screenwriting, Television Production

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Communication Disorders (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A., M.A.)*

Communicative Disorders (M.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S, M.S.)

Computer Information Technology (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S., M.S.)

Construction Management (B.S.)

Counseling (M.S.)
Career Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Education (M.A.)
Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

Educational Administration (M.A.)

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Community College Leadership, P-12 Leadership

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering Management (B.S., M.S.)

English (B.A., M.A.)
Creative Writing, Four Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Honors English, Junior-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Environmental and Occupational Health (B.S., M.S.)
Industrial Hygiene

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S., M.S.)
Apparel Design and Merchandising; Consumer Affairs; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Nutrition, 
Dietetics and Food Science

Finance (B.S.)*

French (B.A.)

Gender and Women's Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A., M.A.)
Geographic Information Science

Geology (B.S., M.S.)

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)*

History (B.A., M.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Kinesiology (B.S., M.S.)*
Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development, Dance, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Studies

Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Armenian, French, Italian, Japanese

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Freshmen, Integrated Teacher Education Junior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Credential Program

Linguistics (B.A., M.A.)

Management (B.S.)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Marketing (B.S.)

Mass Communication (M.A.)

Materials Engineering (M.S.)

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Applied Mathematical Sciences, Four Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Secondary Teaching, Statistics

Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Modern Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Music (B.A, B.M., M.M.)*
Breadth Studies, Collaborative Piano Performance, Composition, Composition/Commercial and Media Writing, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Percussion, Performance, Strings, Vocal Arts, Winds

Nursing (R.N., B.A., or B.S. to B.S.N.) 

Nursing — Post Licensure

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Political Science (B.A., M.A.)
Law and Society, Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management

Psychology (B.A., M.A.)*
Clinical Psychology, General Experimental Psychology, Honors Psychology

Public Health (B.S., M.P.H.)*
Applied Epidemiology,  Community Health Education

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)*

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

Social Work (M.S.W.)

Sociology (B.A., M.A.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Welfare and Social Justice

Software Engineering (M.S.)

Spanish (B.A., M.A.)
Hispanic Linguistics, Language and Culture, Literature

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Educational Therapy, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Special Major (B.A.)

Structural Engineering (M.S.)

Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Theatre (B.A., M.A.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management (B.A., M.S.)

Urban Planning (M.U.P.)

Urban Studies and Planning (B.A.)

 * These majors are impacted. Find out more about impaction, including information on out-of-area admissions. Impaction areas are subject to change. Out-of-state admissions are not affected.

How to apply

To apply, check application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the CSUN admissions calendar. Then, take the next step for your applicant group.

Master's program applicants must file an online university application through CSUMentor, and then find out if his or her department of interest requires an additional departmental application. Doctoral program applicants must visit the program website for specific application instructions.

For more information and other CSUN graduate program resources, visit the University Catalog or Graduate Studies website.