PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

International Students

Are you an international student thinking about applying to CSUN? Take a look at the information below for an overview, and visit International Admissions for specific details on application requirements and deadlines for international applicants. Also, check out the International and Exchange Student Center to learn more about campus resources for international students. 

To reach an international admissions advisor, email the appropriate contact.

Admissions requirements/How to apply

First-time freshmen

You are considered a first-time freshman if you are applying to a bachelor's degree program and have not completed any postsecondary coursework at a college or university. International first-time freshmen must complete the equivalent of a high school diploma and earn minimum GPA and TOEFL/IELTS scores. For more information on admissions requirements, deadlines and how to apply, visit CSUN International Admissions.

Transfer students

You are considered a transfer student if you have completed postsecondary course work at an accredited community college or university in the United States or at a college or university located outside of the United States. 

If you are already attending an accredited two-year school in California, or an out-of-state college listed below, your school may have a Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG) with CSUN. Please consult your international transfer center’s school counselor to find out if a TAG contract with CSUN is available.

Out-of-state schools with TAG contracts

Iowa
Washington

Another option is an Associate Degree for Transfer from a California Community College to a California State University (AA-T and AS-T)

Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including TOEFL/IELTS scores, deadlines and how to apply.

Post-baccalaureate or graduate students

You are considered a post-baccalaureate or graduate student if you have completed a postsecondary degree equal to a U.S. bachelor's degree and are eligible to apply for a master's degree or a second bachelor's degree at CSUN. International graduate students may apply for admission to a master's or doctoral degree program, and the International Institute for Education’s 2016 “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” ranks CSUN No. 1 in U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions that receive international students. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information, including how to apply, deadlines and TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Second bachelor's students

International applicants who are in the process of completing, or have completed, a post-secondary degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree may pursue a second bachelor’s degree in an approved major at CSUN.

Please note:

  • The major may not be the same as the previously awarded degree.
  • Applications for second bachelor's degrees in all majors are strictly limited at this time.
  • All students are urged to consult with a department advisor to determine whether a second bachelor's degree or a graduate program better meets their needs. Read about the majors that CSUN offers and find department contact information in the University Catalog.

Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information, including specific requirements and deadlines.

Returning students

International students who have completed non-extension course work in a previous spring or fall semester and those wishing to return after a disqualification in their last semester at CSUN may apply for readmission. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including how to apply and deadlines.

Domestic students with international transcripts

Domestic students with transcripts from abroad (students with "mixed records") do not require a student visa (F-1 or J-1), but some individuals may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another acceptable exam. Visit CSUN International Admissions for more information and specific requirements, including deadlines and how to apply.

Cost of attendance

The chart below lists the approximate costs per semester for traditional CSUN students. To calculate the costs for international students, add $372 per unit. For more information regarding school costs and financial aid, visit the Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.

 Undergraduate students living with a parent or relative 
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582   
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$2,484$4,968
Transportation$774$1,548
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$8,092$16,184
Undergraduate students living on campus    
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800 $1,600 
Room and board$5,136 $10,272 
Transportation$307$614 
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416 
Loan fees $35 $70 
Total $10,277 $20,554 
 Undergraduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,291$6,582
Books and supplies$800$1,600
Room and board$5,679$11,358
Transportation$383$766
Personal/miscellaneous$708$1,416
Loan fees$35$70
Total$10,896$21,792

 

Graduate students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$2,299 $4,598 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $8,633 $17,266 
Graduate students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$5,490 $10,980 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan Fees $87 $174 
Total $11,772$23,544
Graduate students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$3,905$7,810
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$6,525 $13,050
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $12,840$25,680

 

The California State University Board of Trustees approved a $254 per unit graduate business professional fee, which became effective in the 2012-2013 academic year. The fee is in addition to tuition and other fees and, if applicable, nonresident tuition for the Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in accountancy programs. The fee is applicable to all courses taken while enrolled in either of the two programs. For additional information, refer to the schedule of systemwide fees.

Graduate business professional students living with a parent or relative
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$2,299 $4,598 
Transportation$747 $1,494 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $10,919 $21,838
Graduate business professional students living on campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$5,490 $10,980 
Transportation$695 $1,390 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total $14,058$28,116
Graduate business students living off campus
 Seven or more units per semesterFull year
Tuition and other fees$6,191$12,382
Books and supplies$913 $1,826 
Room and board$6,525 $13,050
Transportation$728 $1,456 
Personal/miscellaneous$682 $1,364 
Loan fees $87 $174 
Total 15,126$30,252

California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, California State University must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice until the date of instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All California State University listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

 

Degrees and options

Degrees and options offered at CSUN are listed below in alphabetical order. If applicable, options are listed directly underneath the accompanying major. Visit the California State University website for the most up-to-date offerings at CSUN.

Even when the admissions cycle is closed for a semester, some majors may still accept students. Check the admissions calendar for exceptions.

Accountancy (B.S., M.S.)*
Information Systems, Professional Accountancy

Africana Studies (B.A.)
African-American Urban Education, African and African-American Humanities and Cultural Studies, African and African-American Social Sciences


Anthropology (B.A., M.A.)
Public Archaeology

Art (B.A., M.A., M.F.A.)
Visual Arts

Asian American Studies (B.A.)

Athletic Training (B.S.)*

Biochemistry (B.S., M.S.)

Biology (B.S., M.S.)*
Biotechnology/Medical Technology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology

Business Administration (B.S., M.B.A.)
Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate, Systems and Operations Management

Central American Studies (B.A.)

Chemistry (B.A., B.S., M.S.)

Chicano and Chicana Studies (B.A., M.A.)

Child and Adolescent Development (B.A.)
Applied Developmental Science, Early Childhood Development

Cinema and Television Arts (B.A.)*
Electronic Media Management, Film Production, Media Theory and Criticism, Multimedia Production, Screenwriting, Television Production

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Communication Disorders (B.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A., M.A.)*

Communicative Disorders (M.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S, M.S.)

Computer Information Technology (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S., M.S.)

Construction Management (B.S.)

Counseling (M.S.)
Career Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services, Marriage and Family Therapy, School Counseling, School Psychology

Deaf Studies (B.A.)

Economics (B.A.)

Education (M.A.)
Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

Educational Administration (M.A.)

Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
Community College Leadership, P-12 Leadership

Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Engineering Management (B.S., M.S.)

English (B.A., M.A.)
Creative Writing, Four Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Honors English, Junior-Year Integrated English Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Literature, Rhetoric and Composition Theory, Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential

Environmental and Occupational Health (B.S., M.S.)
Industrial Hygiene

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S., M.S.)
Apparel Design and Merchandising; Consumer Affairs; Family and Consumer Sciences Education; Family Studies; Nutrition, 
Dietetics and Food Science

Finance (B.S.)*

French (B.A.)

Gender and Women's Studies (B.A.)

Geography (B.A., M.A.)
Geographic Information Science

Geology (B.S., M.S.)
Geophysics

Health Administration (B.S., M.S.)*

History (B.A., M.A.)

Information Systems (B.S.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Kinesiology (B.S., M.S.)*
Applied Fitness and Active Lifestyle Development, Dance, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Studies

Languages and Cultures (B.A.)
Armenian, French, Italian, Japanese

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 
Integrated Teacher Education Freshmen, Integrated Teacher Education Junior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Credential Program

Linguistics (B.A., M.A.)

Management (B.S.)

Manufacturing Systems Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Marketing (B.S.)

Mass Communication (M.A.)

Materials Engineering (M.S.)

Mathematics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Applied Mathematical Sciences, Four Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Junior-Year Integrated Mathematics Subject Matter Program for the Single Subject Credential, Secondary Teaching, Statistics

Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S.)

Modern Jewish Studies (B.A.)

Music (B.A, B.M., M.M.)*
Breadth Studies, Collaborative Piano Performance, Composition, Composition/Commercial and Media Writing, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Therapy, Percussion, Performance, Strings, Vocal Arts, Winds

Nursing (R.N., B.A., or B.S. to B.S.N.) 

Nursing — Post Licensure

Philosophy (B.A.)

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Physics (B.A., B.S., M.S.)
Astrophysics

Political Science (B.A., M.A.)
Law and Society, Politics and Government, Public Policy and Management

Psychology (B.A., M.A.)*
Clinical Psychology, General Experimental Psychology, Honors Psychology

Public Health (B.S., M.P.H.)*
Applied Epidemiology,  Community Health Education

Radiologic Sciences (B.S.)*

Religious Studies (B.A.)

Screenwriting (M.F.A.)

Social Work (M.S.W.)

Sociology (B.A., M.A.)
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Welfare and Social Justice

Software Engineering (M.S.)

Spanish (B.A., M.A.)
Hispanic Linguistics, Language and Culture, Literature

Special Education (M.A.)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Educational Therapy, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Special Major (B.A.)

Structural Engineering (M.S.)

Teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.)

Theatre (B.A., M.A.)

Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management (B.A., M.S.)

Urban Planning (M.U.P.)

Urban Studies and Planning (B.A.)

 * These majors are impacted. Find out more about impaction, including information on out-of-area admissions. Impaction areas are subject to change. Out-of-state admissions are not affected.

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