PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The Tseng College and Other Students

If you’re looking to advance your education at CSUN by pursuing a second bachelor’s, a teaching credential or additional course work, then take a moment to review the admissions requirements and application process for each. If you have additional questions, you may visit the Admissions and Records website for more detailed information.

The Tseng College Students

Community members and students who have not been admitted to a CSUN degree program may take academic-credit classes at CSUN without formal admission to the university. The Tseng College administers the Open University program, which allows visiting students to take academic-credit classes in the fall and spring semesters. Students may take courses on a space-available basis if they receive instructor approval and meet course prerequisites.

Admissions requirements

  • Only nonmatriculated students (those who have not been admitted to a degree program) are eligible for the Open University program.
  • Ineligible students include matriculated students (those enrolled in a CSUN degree program), those under disciplinary suspension and students disqualified for the third time from CSUN.
  • Students with a registration hold on their CSUN record must clear the hold before registering through Open University, or the system will block registration.
  • Courses with prerequisites are listed as such in the current University Catalog. Students must meet academic prerequisites before enrolling.

How to apply

  1. Find the courses you’d like to take in the CSUN schedule of classes by using the guest class search option.
  2. At the first class meeting, request a permission number from the instructor. You must meet class perquisite and provide the instructor with a proof of completion of those prerequisites, such as an unofficial transcript, the day you request the permission number.
  3. Once you have a permission number, you may register online on the myNorthridge Portal or in person at the The Tseng College in the Matador Bookstore complex, room 100. For detailed information about the registeration process, visit the “How to Register” page on the The Tseng College website.

For more information about Open University, visit the The Tseng College prospective students or frequently asked questions page.

Credential Students

A credential student is a student who has been admitted to a credential program in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at CSUN. Credential students are admitted as post-baccalaureate or graduate students.

Admissions requirements

  • You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college.
  • You must have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
  • You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted, independent of when the baccalaureate was granted. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation. Lower-division or extension courses taken after obtaining a bachelor's degree will be excluded from the calculation, except for upper-division courses taken while simultaneously enrolled at CSUN.

How to apply

  1. Review the application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the admissions calendar.
  2. Submit an online application for admission through CSUMentor.
  3. Complete the credential application.

Cost of Attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for credential students who are California residents. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

If you are not a California resident, add $372 per unit to fees listed below. All costs are estimates and subject to change.

Credential students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,968$7,396
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $58$116 
Total $8,325$16,650
Credential students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,968$7,396
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $558$116 
Total $11,328$22,656
Credential students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,968$7,396
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $58 $116 
Total $12,425$24,850

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

Second Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Students

A post-baccalaureate student who holds a recognized bachelor's degree from an accredited institution may pursue a program leading to a second bachelor's degree in approved majors. The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree. All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a master’s degree better suits their needs. Second bachelor’s degree applicants are admitted to CSUN as graduate students.

Admissions requirements

Second Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

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

How to apply

  1. Review the application deadlines and program status (open, closed or exceptions) in the admissions calendar.
  2. Submit an online application to CSUN through CSUMentor.