Prospective Students

Returning to CSUN: I am a returning Graduate Student

We’re so glad you are considering a return to CSUN. Whether you’ve been gone for a few semesters or several years, your decision to return reflects the kind of persistence and resilience we admire.

Please note: You can apply to as many campuses as you wish, each with a $70 application fee, but note you can only apply to one program per campus per admission term. Select only one graduate program in Cal State Apply. We are unable to issue a refund if you apply for two programs or submit two separate applications for the same term.

Select the rows below to find out how to apply for readmission to a master's, doctorate or credential program.

I am returning in good standing

Do I need to re-apply to CSUN?

If you have not enrolled at CSUN for three consecutive semesters, you must reapply for admission to the university. Not sure? Contact your CSUN graduate program for more information.

Application Steps:

  1. Apply for admission before the filing deadline for your program and desired semester of readmission published at Application Dates & Deadlines.
  2. Go to Cal State Apply and start your application. Application opens Oct. 1 for fall admission and Aug. 1 for spring admission.
  3. Before submitting your online university application, identify any additional departmental admission requirements:
  4. Send us your official transcripts for any college or university courses you have completed since you last attended CSUN, as well as preliminary transcripts for course work now in progress. If you have not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN, no transcripts are required.
  5. As soon as your work-in-progress is complete and grades are posted, send us your final official transcripts. Official transcripts can be paper or electronic.

    See Transcript Sending Tips on this page.

I was previously disqualified as a graduate student

Eligibility Requirements:

Readmission of previously disqualified graduate and credential students will be determined by their respective graduate or credential programs. Read more in the University Catalog at:

Transcript Sending Tips

Send preliminary, work-in-progress transcripts now. As soon as your course work is complete and grades and any degrees are posted, send us your final official transcripts. Your final transcript will be used to verify that all course work and the indicated degree have been completed.

Official transcripts can be electronic or paper.

  • Electronic transcripts:
    • Choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient in your school's electronic transcript system. If this option is not available, use registrar@csun.edu as the recipient email address.
    • Electronic transcripts from California community colleges are faster! Please review eTranscript California.
    • Please do not send identical, duplicate paper and electronic transcripts.
  • Paper transcripts:
    • Send official paper transcripts in sealed, unopened envelopes to:

      California State University, Northridge
      Office of the Registrar
      18111 Nordhoff Street
      Northridge, CA 91330-8207

    • You may also hand deliver transcripts in sealed, unopened envelopes to the Office of Admissions in Bayramian Hall (BH) Room 160 during our business hours.

Transcripts are not required if:

  • If you were previously disqualified and have only taken courses in CSUN’s Tseng College since your disqualification.
  • If you are a returning student in good academic standing who has not taken courses elsewhere since your last attendance at CSUN.

NOTE: If you attended CSUN before 1992 and submitted official transcripts for transfer courses at that time, you must submit new transfer course transcripts.

I have applied - Next Steps

Applications will be reviewed in the months following the application deadline. Initial admission decisions will be based on the information you reported on your application and the transcripts that you submit. Your fall admission decision will be available in the CSUN Portal as early as mid-March and after. Spring decisions will be available in mid-October and after.

  • Set up your CSUN Portal and CSUN email accounts.
    1. Locate the “Activate CSUN User ID and Password” email sent to you by our Office of Admissions after you submitted your application.
    2. Visit the CSUN reset password page and enter your birthdate and your CSUN user ID, 9-digit student ID number, or CSUN email address. Select the Next button.
    3. Once you select Next, an email or text message (your choice) with a temporary password will be sent to you.
    4. Go to the CSUN Portal login page.
    5. On the account authentication screen, enter your CSUN user ID and the temporary password you received by email or text message.
    6. Select Login.
  • Check your admission status periodically using CSUN Portal and update your personal contact information.
  • Check your CSUN email often as it's our primary form of communication throughout the admissions process. If you forward your CSUN Gmail messages to another account:
    • Be sure to add the CSUN sender's email address to your contact list.
    • We recommend setting up automatic forwarding through your CSUN email account, where you’ll have the option to “Keep Gmail’s copy in the inbox.” Then, if a forwarded message is lost, you can still read the stored copy in CSUN email. Visit Gmail Help: Automatically forward mail to another email account.

Need help? Visit CSUN Account Information.

I have been admitted - Next Steps

Congratulations on your admission to CSUN! Completing these steps will start you on the path to becoming a graduate or credential student at CSUN.

Step 1 - Submit Your Final Transcripts

  1. Send us your final, official transcripts as soon as your courses end and your grades and degree(s) are posted. Final transcripts are used to verify that you have completed the course work you indicated as work-in-progress on any preliminary transcripts.
  2. Check for missing transcripts and other incomplete tasks your CSUN Portal Checklist.
  3. Review "Transcript Sending Tips" on this page.

Step 2 - Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships

When deciding how to finance your CSUN education, account for your overall cost of attendance including basic tuition and fees, housing, transportation, books and personal expenses. Consider grants, loans, scholarships, part-time employment, savings and contributions from your family to make this investment affordable.

The CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website provides many resources for planning ways to finance your education.

Apply for Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs and student loans) are awarded to students who apply and meet eligibility requirements.

To begin the financial aid application process:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option to reduce errors and list CSUN's federal school code (001153) on your FAFSA. The FAFSA application opens in December for the coming fall 2024–spring 2025 academic year.
  • File your FAFSA application by May 2 for priority consideration in the 2024-2025 academic year for California. You can request aid at any time and aid can be awarded all year long, but more aid is available if you apply by May 2.
  • California residents should also file FAFSA or CAADA by May 2 to be considered for a State University Grant.

Apply for CSUN Scholarships

CSUN scholarships are competitive and each requires a separate application and essay. Review each scholarship's application requirements carefully.

To begin the CSUN scholarship application process:

  • Go to myMatador Scholarships and login with your CSUN user ID and password.
  • Submit a separate online application and essay for each scholarship for which you meet the eligibility requirements.

You will be notified of your eligibility by late spring. Check your CSUN Portal regularly for your application and award status and the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website for additional scholarship opportunities posted throughout the year.

Apply for External Scholarships

Organizations other than CSUN award countless scholarships each year. Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Review the off-campus scholarships website for more information.

Guidelines for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Priority Deadlines

Financial aid and scholarship applications are reviewed and aid is awarded throughout the year based on available funding. Some grant funds are limited, so apply early and submit documents as soon as requested.

Your Financial Aid Award and Disbursement

Log in to the CSUN Portal to view your financial aid award. If you are registered for classes and your aid is available, the Office of University Cash Services will apply financial aid funds to any charges on your account and issue refunds for any remaining amount. Sign up for eRefund by early August to receive your refund amount via direct deposit.

When your financial aid is disbursed, amounts due from basic tuition and fees and housing will be deducted automatically from your awarded aid. University Cash Services will send you an email and you may view the transactions in your student account.

Helpful: Financial aid guides and tutorials

Step 3 - Schedule an Academic Advisement Appointment

Before enrolling in classes, schedule an appointment for academic advisement with your graduate program coordinator:

Step 4 - Register for Classes

Look for your registration appointment in the CSUN Portal under My Checklist. Clear any registration holds before enrolling.

Learn about self-service registration with these resources:

Step 5 - Pay Tuition and Fees

Tuition and other fees are due at the time you register but no later than the deadlines in the fee payment schedule.

How to Pay Your Fees

  1. Log in to the CSUN Portal.
  2. In the list of links below the Top Tools icons, select Make a Payment.
  3. On the Student Account Information page, review your Current Balance Outstanding.
  4. Select the CSUN Payment button.

For additional information regarding fee payment, download the Important Fee Payment Requirements (PDF) document. It's updated each term.

Please be aware of the student disclosure regarding the Schedule of Tuition and Other Fees.

Step 6 - Update Your Contact Information

So that we can keep in contact, please:

  • Check your CSUN email often for the latest information.
  • Verify your mailing address, phone number, alternate email address, and emergency contacts in the CSUN Portal. Learn how at Update Personal Information.

Best wishes for your return to CSUN!