CSUN Graduate Student Handbook
The CSUN Graduate Student Handbook will provide you with the necessary information to be a successful graduate student. It covers topics including the process for applying to a graduate program, funding sources, research opportunities; graduate studies policies and student services. The Handbook is intended to supplement the information found in the University Catalog. It discusses the minimum university requirements and policies that all graduate students must meet. Please note that many graduate programs have more specific policies, procedures, and/or admissions requirements.
To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet ONE of the three requirements shown below:
- Have an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted.
- Have an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation.
- Hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and 2.50 GPA in either the undergraduate cumulative GPA or the last 60 units.
The applications of students who meet University requirements for admission and who desire admission to a master's program will be reviewed in the appropriate department. The department will then determine whether or not the student meets requirements for admission to its program. SOME DEPARTMENTS MAY REQUIRE A SEPARATE DEPARTMENTAL APPLICATION.
Students who meet both departmental and University requirements will be admitted as either CONDITIONALLY CLASSIFIED or CLASSIFIED graduate students.
Graduate Status Descriptions
Students who do not meet all requirements may be accepted subject to meeting various University and departmental requirements for Classified status. It is important to achieve full Classified standing prior to completing 12 units of graduate work.
Students who meet all University and departmental requirements as outlined in the current catalog.
Applicants for graduate study must submit a graduate application along with all necessary official documents. Go to CSUMentor Graduate Online Application.
You application will be processed in two steps:
- University eligibility
- Department eligibility (inquire with department for deadlines).
If minimum university requirements are met, your application will be forwarded to the department and the Graduate Coordinator will determine eligibility for the Master's program. Students fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements at CSUN or elsewhere and intending to pursue graduate work should submit a new application to the University during their final semester of undergraduate work. Please check the current application booklet for application, document, and other deadlines.