PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Transfer Students

Are you thinking about transferring to CSUN? Before you apply, make sure you meet the admissions requirements. A transfer student is someone who has earned regionally accredited college credits after the summer following high school graduation.

If you will earn a transfer associate (AA-T or AS-T) degree at a California community college, and it is posted on your final official transcript, you will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in 60 more CSUN units, as long as the major is deemed similar to one at CSUN. Before you apply, find out which CSUN majors have been approved for the Associate Degree for Transfer program at the California State University’s Choose a Degree page.

Admissions requirements

California State University, Northridge welcomes applications from upper-division transfer students. With the growing number of students interested in pursuing their education at CSUN, the university has updated its transfer student admissions criteria through the use of impaction. Impaction is a tool that California State University (CSU) campuses use to manage the number of students it admits. CSUN has implemented academic and regional impaction to align with CSU enrollment targets.

Some majors are impacted, including accountancy, athletic training, biology, cinema and television arts, finance, health administration, kinesiology, music, psychology, public health and radiologic sciences. (Some majors have additional entrance requirements.)

The local admissions area has changed to include the 17 California community colleges from whom we get the most students and to which we are closest. They are:

Antelope Valley College
College of the Canyons
East Los Angeles College
Glendale Community College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
Moorpark College
Oxnard College
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica College
Southwest Los Angeles College
Ventura College
West Los Angeles College

Requirements for local admissions area applicants

  • A minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units)
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better
  • Completion of the four general education requirements: written communication, critical thinking, speech and college-level math

Requirements for nonlocal admissions area applicants

  • All of the above and a higher GPA
  • If you are applying for admission to a major with additional entrance requirements, you must also meet those additional criteria to be admitted.

Out-of-state admissions are not affected. Visit CSUN's impaction information page to learn more.

To be eligible for admission to fall semester, you must complete the above requirements by the end of the previous spring term.

Cost of attendance

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

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582   
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$2,484$4,968
Transportation$774$1,548
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$8,092$16,184
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800 $1,600 
Room and board$5,136 $10,272 
Transportation$307$614 
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416 
Loan fees $35 $70 
Total $10,277 $20,554 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$5,679$11,358
Transportation$383$766
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$10,896$21,792

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


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.)
Geophysics

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.)
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, 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

If you are a transfer student, follow the application process below.

1. Review application deadlines and the status (open, closed or exceptions) of your desired program in the CSUN admissions calendar.

2. Select a major from the CSUN catalog. All transfer students must declare a major when applying; Undecided is not an option.

3. File an online application for admission through CSUMentor.

4. Send all official transcripts, including any work in progress, to:

Admissions and Records
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330