Educational Psychology & Counseling

Prospective Students

Dear Prospective Students for Educational Psychology & Counseling,

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With the need for social distancing for all of our health and safety - the roles for counselors, therapists, psychologists, and early childhood professionals, along with folks to handle data, is ever more at the forefront. We welcome your interest and applications, and we will continue to be available to answer questions online (see information at the end of this message). In light of the ongoing changes, we encourage you to keep in mind that your sense of calm will greatly affect those around you.

Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 and CSUN's decision to transition to virtual learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, EPC will be cancelling our upcoming information session scheduled for April 7, 2020, from 5:00-6:45pm. We will make our PowerPoint slides, normally reviewed during the session, available for access on this website by the end of April 2020. Additionally, program faculty will be available to answer programming related questions at the emails below. For questions related to our application process and prerequisite courses, please feel free to continue to reach out to our Graduate Admissions Advisor, Shannon Sexton, at mail_epcschool@csun.edu, or via phone at (818) 677-2599. 

Because of this cancellation, we will hold two to three information sessions in the fall, provided regular on-campus operations have resumed. If regular on-campus operations have not resumed by fall 2020 and we continue with virtual instruction and engagement, there will be virtual options for attending a fall information session with program faculty and our Graduate Admissions Advisor available. We will provide an update on information sessions at the beginning of the fall 2020 semester (September). Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe!

For program related questions:

Early Childhood Education <carrie.rothstein-fisch@csun.edu> & <jaguayo@csun.edu>

Marriage & Family Therapy <mark.stevens@csun.edu

School Counseling & College Counseling/Student Services <shyrea.minton@csun.edu

School Psychology <wilda.laija-rodriguez@csun.edu

For application process & prerequisite courses/equivalencies:

<mail_epcschool@csun.edu>

Application Deadlines:

  • For all MS in Counseling programs***: Application period for Fall 2021 will be from Nov 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021
    ***This includes all options: College Counseling & Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, and School Psychology
  • For the MA in Educational Psychology program, option in Early Childhood Education (ECE): Application period for Fall 2021 will be from November 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021
  • Please note: We will not be accepting applications for the Development, Learning, Instruction, and Evaluation (DLI&E) program this application period
To all prospective students, be advised that the prerequisite course requirements for the School Counseling and College Counseling/Student Services program have changed. The required prerequisite courses are EPC 430, EPC 451, EPC 600, PSY 310, and SPED 400.

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 15, 2021 deadline for the M.S. in Counseling programs or the May 1, 2021 deadline for ECE 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: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application Procedures

Please see our application checklist (PDF) for a guide of what to submit through our online application portal.

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 are uploaded through the College Net online portal.

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:

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 a 

In addition, an on-campus or virtual interview (by-invitation-only) 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 cannot be rescheduled.

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

After submission, please make note of any confirmation information received. Please refer to the application checklist (PDF) to verify all documents are correctly submitted with the department application. Please note that our application is now completely online, and you should use the application checklist as a guide only, and you will not submit any information directly to the Department Office. All materials will be captured in the College Net online 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 through the EPC Department's online application process.

If after reviewing these links, you have additional questions, please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Shyrea Minton, at  or the department office at 818-677-2599.

For all MS in Counseling programs: Application period for Fall 2021 will be from Nov 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021
***This includes all options: College Counseling & Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, and School Psychology

For MA in Education program option in Early Childhood Education (ECE): Application period for Fall 2021 will be from November 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021

If after reviewing these links, you have additional questions, please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Shyrea Minton, at shyrea.minton@csun.edu or the department office at 818-677-2599.