Chemistry and Biochemistry

Graduate Program Information


     General information:

     Application process:

  • For your convenience, CSUN has an ON-LINE APPLICATION. 
  • NOTE: in addition to the minimum CSUN requirements for application, the following are required for applying to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department:
    • Minimum recommended GPA is 3.0. You must have earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a closely related subject, or have taken numerous upper-division chemistry and/or biochemistry courses (plus calculus) in preparation for this program.
    • A personal statement (maximum 2 double-spaced pages) must be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator. Contents should include (but are not restricted to) a narrative about your motivation to join the Master’s program, what you’d like to do after obtaining the degree, an explanation of gaps in your academic record (if you have any), what subdiscipline you are interested in pursuing, and the names of a couple of faculty in our department with whom you might want to do research (and why). 
    • Provide at least one letter of recommendation (cannot be a form letter) that addresses your specific skills, especially those that are relevant to research.  Please have the referree send their letter directly to the Graduate Coordinator, either via email or regular mail (see address below). At the same time that you submit your personal statement, please let the graduate coordinator know the names of people providing letters so that the committee will know what to expect to receive before evaluating your completed application.
  • We currently do rolling admissions. You are therefore encouraged to submit your application early (because we may fill up our available slots before the final admissions deadline). Please see the university admissions calendar for deadline details.
  • Due to university impaction, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application by April 30, 2016 for fall admission, in order to provide the best chance of having all the paperwork (including financial aid) completed in time.
  • You can enroll in classes once Admissions and Records has received the application and you have been assigned a File Number. The official notice of acceptance often comes after the assignment of the File Number so that you can register for classes even though you might not have received an official notice of acceptance. If not, you can enroll in chemistry or biochemistry classes via Tseng College Open University if you wish.







  • Contact the Graduate Coordinator to get the dates/times of upcoming required Proficiency Exams. These are standardized, multiple choice exams from the American Chemical Society. You take them using a pencil darkening a circle for the answer you think is correct. Your answers are compared to a special key provided by the Society. There are no essay portions. Practice tests can be purchased from the ACS.
  • For MS Chemistry students, you must pass exams in any three subjects (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic or Physical). For MS Biochemistry students, you must pass exams in Biochemistry and Organic as well as one other Chemistry subdiscipline. See the Graduate Handbook (above) for more details.
  • If you want to study for these exams, review your textbooks (Review Topics).

 Email the Graduate Coordinator about the MS Programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry


Graduate Coordinator
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Eucalyptus Hall, room 2102
18111 Nordhoff St. 
California State University, Northridge 
Northridge, CA 91330-8262

PHONE: 818-677-3381

FAX: 818-677-4068