Admissions and Records

Admissions Calendar

Important Note

Starting with Fall 2020 admission, which opens October 1, 2019, the CSU application fee will increase from $55 per campus to $70 per campus. Some undergraduate students may qualify for an application fee waiver (eligibility is calculated in Cal State Apply).

Application Filing Periods & Deadlines

To apply for admission to California State University, Northridge, you'll need to know:

  1. Is the application filing period for your target degree program open or closed?
    Check the Admissions Calendar on this page for your group listed below.
  2. Are you eligible for admission to your target degree program?
    Review requirements and instructions at Applicants.

Special Groups

If either of the special groups below describes you, review this page and visit the related website for additional admissions information:

Initial Filing Periods 

The initial application filing period is the minimum time that applications for admission are considered. The initial filing periods for CSUN are:

  • FALL semester admission: October 1 - November 30*
  • SPRING semester admission: August 1-31* 

*Graduate programs typically remain open for an extended time beyond the initial filing period. For details, select the “Graduate Student” row below.

TO CHECK APPLICATION FILING DEADLINES AND MORE,
SELECT YOUR STUDENT GROUP FROM THE LIST BELOW.

First-Time Freshman

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

October 1 through November 30, 2019.

Freshman applications must be received during the initial filing period.

For Fall 2020 admission, CSUN is impacted to first-time freshmen and 11 impacted majors.

Impacted Majors:

Four Undergraduate Programs in Business:

  • Accountancy

  • Finance - Financial Analysis

  • Finance - Financial Planning

  • Finance - Insurance

And these seven majors and their options:

  • Biology

  • Cinema & Television Arts

  • Communication Studies

  • Health Sciences

  • Kinesiology

  • Music

  • Psychology

For details, please see CSUN Impaction and the requirements for first-time freshman Applicants.

Current Status:

CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019.

Important Dates:

SAT/ACT scores are required for all first-time freshmen and must be received by Admissions and Records no later than January 15, 2020. Please see additional requirements at Applicants.

 

Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

August 1-31, 2019.

Current Status:

CLOSED. 

Due to increased enrollment demands, CSUN is not accepting first-time freshman domestic resident nor nonresident (out-of-state) applications for Spring 2020. The next available application filing period is Fall 2020, which opens October 1, 2019.

Important Dates:

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Transfer Student

Lower-division transfer student applications are not currently considered for admission to Cal State Northridge. To confirm that you are an upper-division transfer student, please see Applicants.

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

October 1 through November 30, 2019.

Transfer applications must be received during the initial filing period.

For Fall 2020 admission, CSUN is impacted to transfer students and 11 impacted majors.

Impacted Majors:

Four Undergraduate Programs in Business:

  • Accountancy
  • Finance - Financial Analysis
  • Finance - Financial Planning
  • Finance - Insurance

And these seven majors and their options:

  • Biology
  • Cinema & Television Arts
  • Communication Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Music
  • Psychology

For details, see CSUN Impaction and Applicants.

Current Status:

CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019.

Important Dates:

All admission requirements must be completed by the end of the Spring 2020 semester. See additional requirements at Applicants.

 

Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

August 1-31, 2019.

CSUN is impacted to transfer students and 11 impacted majors. Please see CSUN Impaction and Applicants.

Current Status:

CLOSED. 

Due to increased enrollment demands, CSUN is not accepting resident nor nonresident (out-of-state) applications from transfer applicants for Spring 2020, including associate degrees for transfer (AA-T and AS-T) applications. The next available application filing period is Fall 2020, which opens October 1, 2019.

Important Dates:

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Undergraduate Cross Enrollment, Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment, Intrasystem Visitor Enrollment, Talented High School Student

Spring 2020: CLOSED. See two exceptions below.

The following programs will be OPEN to eligible CSU students for Spring 2020 from January 10-24, 2020:

Please note:  The Talented High School Program is CLOSED for the foreseeable future. The program relied on grant funding, which is not currently available.

Read more about special Enrollment Programs.


Fall 2020: CLOSED. See two exceptions below.  

The following programs will be open to eligible CSU students for Fall 2020 from August 14-28, 2020:

Please note:  The Talented High School Program is CLOSED for the foreseeable future. The program relied on grant funding, which is not currently available.

Read more about special Enrollment Programs.

Credential Student

Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period Begins:

August 1, 2019.

University applications for graduate programs, including credential programs, are typically accepted after the initial filing period. However, some individual credential programs may have earlier closing dates.

For individual credential program application deadlines or exceptions, contact the CSUN Credential Office.

NOTE: Two (2) applications are required—one to the individual Credential Program and the other to the University.

Current Status:

OPEN. 

See instructions at Credential Program Applications before completing the online university application. Also helpful: Credential Applicant

If the application filing period for the individual credential program you desire is closed, please do not complete a university application. Contact the Credential Office first.

Credential program closing dates are published in the Cal State Apply Application Dates & Deadlines search tool and at Credential Application Options.

 

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period Begins:

October 1, 2019.

University applications for graduate programs, including credential programs, are typically accepted after the initial filing period. However, some individual programs may have earlier closing dates.

For assistance, contact the CSUN Credential Office.

NOTE: Two (2) applications are required - one to the Credential Program and the other to the University.

Current Status:

CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019.

See instructions at Credential Program Applications before completing the online university application. Also helpful: Credential Applicant

If the application filing period for the individual credential program you desire is closed, please do not complete a university application. Contact the Credential Office first.

Credential program closing dates are published in the Cal State Apply Application Dates & Deadlines search tool and at Credential Application Options.

Graduate Student - Master's and Doctorate

Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period Begins:

August 1, 2019.

Please note:

  • Some masters and doctoral degree programs accept applications only for fall—not spring—admission. Please see "Current Status" below.
  • Applications for open programs will be accepted starting August 1, 2019. Most programs will continue to accept applications after August 31, when the initial filing period ends.
  • Many graduate programs stay open beyond August 31, often as late as November 1. However, individual programs may close earlier. Check deadlines at Application Dates & Deadlines.
  • For individual program application deadlines, please contact the desired Graduate Program.

Note that two (2) applications are often required - one to the University and the other to the individual graduate program. Read more at Graduate Applicants.

Current Status:

OPEN.

For a list of CSUN graduate programs accepting Spring 2020 applications including deadlines, use the Cal State Apply search tool at Application Dates & Deadlines or contact the individual program.

Apply online. Please see Graduate Applicant.

The following master's programs are accepting Spring 2020 admission applications:

  • Biochemistry (MS)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Chemistry (MS)
  • Computer Engineering (MS)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Education - Educational Psychology (MA)
  • Educational Administration (MA)
  • Educational Therapy (MA)
  • Electrical Engineering (MS)
  • Engineering Management (MS)
  • English (MA) - 3 options
    • Creative Writing 
    • Literature
    • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (MS)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (MS) - 2 options
    • Apparel Design and Merchandising
    • Consumer Affairs and Family Studies
  • Geographic Information Science (MS)
  • Geography (MA)
  • Kinesiology (MS)
  • Linguistics (MA)
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MS)
  • Mass Communication (MA)
  • Materials Engineering (MS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MS)
  • Music (MM) - 4 options
    • Collaborative Piano Performance
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Performance
  • Physics (MS)
  • Political Science (MA) - 2 options
    • American Politics
    • Global Politics
  • Secondary Education - 3 degree programs
    • Curriculum and Instruction (MA)
    • Mathematics Education (MA)
    • Science Education (MA)
  • Sociology (MA)
  • Software Engineering (MS)
  • Spanish (MA)
  • Special Education (MA) - 4 options
    • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
    • Moderate/Severe Disabilities
  • Structural Engineering (MS)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (MA)

For department-specific application assistance in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education, please visit Application Instructions

Both a department AND a university application are often required.

The Tseng College (extended learning) offers several self-support degree and certificate programs.

 

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period Begins:

October 1, 2019.

Please note:

  • Graduate applications for master's and doctoral programs are accepted through and usually after November 30, 2019, the end of the initial filing period, until the individual graduate program closes. Individual programs set their own application deadlines.
  • Individual graduate programs may have earlier application closing dates than the University deadline. For individual program application deadlines, contact the department of interest listed at Graduate Programs.

Two (2) applications are often required - one to the University and another to the individual graduate program. Please read Graduate Applicants and contact the department for details. 

Current Status:

CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019.

For a list of CSUN graduate programs accepting Fall 2020 applications, use the Cal State Apply search tool at Application Dates & Deadlines and review the individual program website for additional admission information.


CLOSING DATES:  

Individual graduate programs set their own application closing dates. Please check individual program deadlines at Application Dates & Deadlines and on the individual program website.

The Tseng College (extended learning) offers several self-support degree and certificate programs.

Post-Baccalaureate, Unclassified Student

Post-baccalaureate unclassified applications are not currently considered for admission to Cal State Northridge. Read more about classified and conditionally classified status in the University Catalog.

Any exceptions will be published here.

Second Bachelor's Student

 

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

October 1 through November 30, 2019.

Current Status:

CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019 to one program only.

CSUN will accept second bachelor's degree applications for the Radiologic Sciences major only. Please review admission requirements at Second Bachelor's Degree Applicant.

Applications for second bachelor's degrees in all majors are strictly limited at this time. All applicants are urged to consider whether a graduate program better meets their needs.

Important Dates:

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Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period:

August 1-31, 2019.

Current Status:

CLOSED. 

CSUN is not accepting second bachelor's degree applications for Spring 2020. The next available application filing period is Fall 2020, which opens October 1, 2019.

Applications for second bachelor's degrees in all majors are strictly limited at this time. All applicants are urged to consider whether a graduate program better meets their needs.

Explore: University Catalog - Graduate Studies and Programs

Important Dates:

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Graduate Intrasystem Concurrent Enrollment, Intrasystem Visitor Enrollment

Spring 2020:


Fall 2020:

 

Returning Student

 

Spring 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period begins:

August 1, 2019.

Current Status:

Returning Undergraduates: CLOSED.  

  • Due to increased enrollment demands, CSUN is not accepting returning freshman or transfer student applications for Spring 2020, whether previously disqualified or in good academic standing.
  • The next available application filing period is Fall 2020, which opens October 1, 2019. 

Returning Graduate Students:  OPEN to Spring 2020 applications starting August 1 if the individual program is open. Check the "Graduate Student" row above.

Helpful:  Applicants Returning to CSUN

Important Dates or Notes:

Returning graduate students should note the application deadline for their individual program of interest as well as the university deadline published at Cal State Apply Application Dates & Deadlines

 

Fall 2020 Admission

Initial Filing Period begins:

October 1, 2019.

Returning undergraduate students must apply for admission during the initial filing period, October 1 through November 30, 2019. Review the requirements for returning students, whether in good standing or previously disqualified in the last semester at CSUN, at Returning Applicants.

Returning graduate students: Please check closing dates for individual graduate programs in the Cal State Apply search tool at Application Dates & Deadlines and on the individual program website.

Current Status:

Returning Undergraduates: CLOSED. Opening October 1, 2019. See important date below.

Returning Graduate students: OPEN if the program is open.

Helpful:  Applicants Returning to CSUN

Important Dates:

Returning undergraduate students who were disqualified in their last attendance at CSUN must complete the Previously Disqualified Student Questionnaire (.pdf) and submit it to Admissions & Records no later than March 1, 2020. For details, see Returning PD Student.