PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

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 — 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 Research and 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.

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.

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 Research and Graduate Studies website.

Majors and Concentrations

For a current list of majors and concentrations offered at CSUN, visit the California State University website. For your convenience, we’ve included a list below, though you should always check the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN. Majors are listed in alphabetical order and, if applicable, concentrations are listed directly underneath the accompanying major.

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

Accounting (B.S., M.S.)
Professional Accountancy

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

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

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A)
Art Education, Art History, 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, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance/Financial Services, Real Estate, Systems and Operation Management

Central American Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Chemistry (B.S., M.S.)

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

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A., M.A.)
Early Childhood Development

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

Educational Administration (M.A.)

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

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering (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, Family Studies, Interior Design, 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.)
Environmental Geology, Geophysics, Geology — Secondary Teaching

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)

History (B.A., M.A.)

Humanities (B.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Interdisciplinary Studies (M.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

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

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

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Program — Freshmen Concentration, Integrated Teacher Education Program — Junior Concentration, Precredential 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, Mathematics — 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. to B.S.N.) 

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (M.P.T., D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Astrophysics

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, Human Factors and Applied Psychology

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Public Health Promotion (B.S.)

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.A.)

Social Work (M.S., M.S.W.)

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

Software Engineering (M.S.)

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

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood, 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 Studies and Planning (B.A.)

Cost of Attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for graduate 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.

Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate

Graduate students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $8,545 $17,090 
Graduate students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $11,548$22,096
Graduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,893$7,786
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $12,645$25,290
Graduate Business Professional

The California State University Board of Trustees approved a $254 per unit graduate business professional fee, which became effective in the 2012-2013 academic year. The fee is in addition to tuition and other fees and, if applicable, nonresident tuition for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in accountancy programs. The fee is applicable to all courses taken while enrolled in either of the two programs. For additional information, refer to the schedule of systemwide fees.
Graduate business professional students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,179$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $10,381 $21,662
Graduate business professional students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,179$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $13,834$27,668
Graduate business students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,179$12,358
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total 14,931$29,862
Doctoral Student
Doctoral students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,083$12,166
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$2,259 $4,518 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $10,735$21,470 
Doctoral students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,083$12,166
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$5,314 $10,628 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $13,738$27,476
Doctoral students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,083$12,166
Books and supplies$894 $1,788 
Room and board$6,378 $12,756
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$669 $1,338 
Loan fees $83 $166 
Total $14,835$29,670
Credential Student
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 $58$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.