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    Academic Programs

Admission to Program


The University requires that applicants have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 units. Additionally, all applicants must satisfy the University's Upper Division Writing Proficiency Requirements, as described in the catalog.

The Mathematics Department requires that applicants have grades of B or better in the following upper-division mathematics classes:

  • Advanced Calculus (equivalent to CSUN Math 350)
  • Advanced Linear Algebra (equivalent to CSUN Math 462)

Students with less than a B average may be eligible for conditionally classified status. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in fields outside the Mathematical Sciences may also be considered, provided that they have successfully taken a significant number of both lower and upper division Mathematics courses. Their eligibility and admission status will be determined by the Graduate Committee on an individual basis. Conditionally classified students needing to make up analysis and/or advanced linear algebra will be required to either pass Math 350 and/or Math 462 with a grade of B or better or pass the Mathematics Screening Exam. Conditionally classified students are required to attain classified status and satisfy all University requirements within two semesters of being admitted as a conditionally classified graduate student.

These exams are meant as an alternative to course work for conditionally classified students to obtain classified status. These exams are given separately in Advanced Calculus and Advanced Linear Algebra twice a year, in January and August.

At admission students are assigned a graduate advisor. Students are required to set an appointment with their graduate advisor as soon as they hear about their acceptance in the program. A course of study will then be planned by the student and the advisor according to the student’s availability, mathematical background and mathematical interests.

Students in both programs must complete at least 30 units of approved course work and one unit of the participating seminar, Math 589.. In order to maintain good standing, graduate students must complete at least one approved course during each semester. Students who fail to do so will be placed on probation. Students who fail to fulfill this requirement twice will be disqualified.



To apply for the Graduate Program, separate applications are required to the University and to the Department of Mathematics. For more information contact Graduate Coordinator, Professor Ali Zakeri, email:

1. Applications to the University are submitted at Note that this portion of the application requires official transcripts.

2. Applications to the Department require the following materials.

  • Departmental Application Form (available on the math dept. forms page)
  • Transcripts of all college work (unofficial are acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation.

These materials should be sent to:

Department of Mathematics
CSUN, Northridge, CA 91330-8313.

Applications for candidates who wish to be considered for financial support are due April 15.