Graduate Students

Admissions requirements — doctoral programs

To apply for admission to a CSUN doctoral program, begin by reviewing the admissions requirements for either the doctoral program in educational leadership or physical therapy. Complete an application through Cal State Apply only after you’ve been accepted to a doctoral program.

Admissions requirements — master's programs

To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student in a master's program, applicants must meet one of the three requirements below.

  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted
  • Have a baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited university and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units attempted at all postsecondary institutions attended — the entire semester or quarter in which the 60 or 90 units began will be used in the calculation
  • Have a post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution

Applications for master’s programs that meet university requirements for admission will be reviewed by the appropriate academic department. The department will then determine whether you meet the program requirements for admission. Some departments may require a separate departmental application.

For departmental application requirements and deadlines, contact the department of interest listed on the Graduate Studies website.

Students who meet both departmental and university requirements will be admitted as either conditionally classified or classified graduate students.

Conditionally classified or classified graduate students may enroll in 500- and 600- level courses; however, some programs limit enrollment to classified students. Graduate students must follow a specific course of instruction as identified by the department graduate coordinator and described in the University Catalog’s Courses of Study section.

Cost of attendance

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. For more information regarding California State University, Northridge costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

Degrees and options

California State University, Northridge offers more than 60 undergraduate degrees and more than 70 master's programs across nine academic colleges. Visit the CSUN catalog website for the most up-to-date listing.

How to apply

Ready to begin the admissions process? Start by reviewing the application instructions for graduate students, which outlines eligibility requirements, as well as step-by-step application guidelines. Doctoral program applicants should visit their program website for specific application instructions. For more information, including deadlines, contact the CSUN Admissions and Records office.