Educational Psychology & Counseling

Prospective Students

Upcoming Information Sessions

October 16, 2017 (Monday)5-6:45 PMOV 25 (Oviatt Library - Garden Level)
November 16, 2017 (Thursday)5-6:45 PMSierra Hall 120

Application Deadlines:

  • January 12, 2018
    M.S. in Counseling Programs - College Counseling/Student Services; Marriage & Family Therapy; School Counseling; School Psychology
  • January 12, 2018
    M.A. in Education: Option in Educational Psychology/Development, Learning, Instruction, & Evaluation (DLI&E)
  • January 12, 2018 (initial)
    M.A. in Education: Option in Educational Psychology/Early Childhood Education

Important Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to adhere to the department application deadlines. Should the applicant apply to the University via the Cal State Apply application system after the January 12, 2018 deadline for the M.S. in Counseling programs or the DLI&E M.A. program, the application will not be reviewed by the department. It is also important to note that per University policy, application fees are non-refundable. See

Fall 2018 Admission Information

The Fall 2018 EPC Department Electronic Application is not currently available. We will be accepting applications for Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology, College Counseling/ Student Services, Early Childhood Education and Development, Learning, Instruction and Evaluation as well as Career Counseling Certificate tentatively from December 4, 2017 through January 12, 2018.

Students must submit both an electronic application and paper application for their file to be considered complete. All electronic and paper application materials for FALL 2018 ADMISSION must be received by the department no later than January 12, 2018. Application deadline dates are tentative and are subject to change.

These are cohorted programs with limited numbers due to specific accreditation standards involved with professional preparation requirements. Please apply by January 12, 2018 for the following programs: College Counseling; Marriage & Family Therapy; School Psychology; School Counseling; Early Childhood Education; and Development, Learning, Instruction & Evaluation. Note: College Counseling programs start in the summer. All other programs start in the fall.

Potential applicants to our graduate programs are invited to apply during the December and January application period of each year for the following fall term. To be considered for admission,

  • All application materials must be received by the Application Deadline.
  • Students are only admitted for the fall semester (exception: DLI&E and ECE Programs).
  • Students may only apply to one program in the department.

Please include the following checklist with your application.

This checklist is for organizational purposes only and is not exhaustive. It is your responsibility that all requirements for admission are met and all application materials received.

Please note that all paperwork submitted to the university becomes university property and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason, nor are we able to provide you with copies. This policy includes any material submitted to the university, including your departmental and university application, checklist, recommendation forms, letters, statement of purpose, transcripts, test results, and any supporting documents. Please make your own copy of application materials before submission or arrange to have additional copies of the supporting documents such as transcripts and letters sent to you from the originating institutions and individuals. Please note that there are no exceptions to this policy. Any requests for copies or for the return of application paperwork will be denied.

No applications will be considered unless all of the following has been received:

  • Application for Admissions to the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department
  • Two letters of reference of departmental recommendation forms
    • Click here to download the departmental recommendation form (.pdf)
    • One program (School Psychology) require letters instead of this form; others will accept letters with the form. Check with your program.
  • Application for Admission to the University.
  • If your cumulative undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, or you are applying to the School Psychology Program (regardless of GPA), a score for the
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. It is your responsibility to ensure that these arrive by the Application Deadline including degree verification. A final transcript will also be required for students whose degrees are still in progress.
  • Proof of a completed Bachelor's degree (from an accredited college or university)
    • Transcript showing degree has been awarded (sent by the Application Deadline); or
    • Most recent transcript, if you are currently an undergraduate (sent by the Application Deadline
      • A second transcript, if you are currently an undergraduate, after your degree has been awarded. Even if you are accepted to the program, you will not be permitted to matriculate unless this second transcript is received. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the department application.

Individual programs have additional requirements, including completion of specific prerequisites for the program. If there are any prerequisites for the program that you have not fulfilled with CSUN courses, and wish to petition with alternatives, you must also submit

In addition, an

  • On-campus by-invitation-only interview

is required for admission. Note that because of the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be invited for interviews. You will be notified shortly after the Application Deadline of the final interview date and time after all of your application materials have been received. Since all candidates are interviewed together in a group setting, interview dates can not be rescheduled.

For further information, please check the following before contacting us:

After submission, please print out your responses to include them in your department application packet. Please refer to the Application checklist to verify all documents are correctly submitted with the department application. Download our application checklist (.pdf). In order for your application to be considered complete, please submit both an electronic application and paper application.

Don't forget that you must also submit a separate application for admission to the university (Cal State Apply), as described above, and submit all additional required documentation and paperwork.

If after reviewing these links, you have additional questions, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Shannon Sexton at or the department office at 818-677-2599.