• Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

New Students

The Department of Music admits new students to the program every Fall and Spring semesters and offers a wide range of scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. All students are required to pass an entrance audition, and all undergraduate students must also complete a Musicianship and Keyboard placement exam. Here at CSUN Music Department, we offer several entrance audition dates throughout the calendar year, as well as scholarship auditions for incoming freshman and transfer students during the Spring semester auditions.


Meet all eligibility requirements for admission to California State University, Northridge either as a freshman or transfer student. 

  • Submit a Music Department audition application found under: AUDITION & PLACEMENT.
  • Successfully pass the entrance audition.
  • Take the musicianship and keyboard placement exams (tests are offered once per semester).
  • Meet with faculty area coordinators to discuss course selection.

 *Not applicable to new students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration (MIA) degree program. Please see the MIA Program Requirements page for more information.


The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. For further information, please consult the requirements listed in the current CSUN catalog. You can also request information by sending an e-mail to the Music Department at (undergraduate programs), or Graduate info: (graduate programs).