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Advantages of Choosing California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Established by the State of California in 1958, CSUN is not only one of the largest public universities but is also recognized for its commitment to the educational and professional goals of the students. The university is committed to serving the needs of applicants from all over the world. Students from more than 93 countries join our student body of over 38,000 to create a vibrant, international campus.

Through its commitment to excellence, CSUN has achieved distinction in many fields.

  • The National Science Foundation ranks CSUN among the nation’s top five comprehensive universities in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates in research and the sciences.
  • The Institute for International Education ranked CSUN second of the Top 40 Institutions for international students to earn a Master’s Degree.
  • The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics ranked as one of the Best Business Schools by the Princeton Review, and is accredited by AACSB, the highest standard in business and management education. CSUN’s MBA program earned the second-highest ranking among the 23 institutions in the California State University system as reported by U.S. News & World Report in “Best Part-Time MBA Programs” report.
  • CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication recently ranked in the top 25 film schools in the United States by the Hollywood Reporter. It is a leading institution in art, with highly regarded and award-winning programs in vocal music, musical performance and cinema.
  • The Michael D. Eisner College of Education was among those selected by the Carnegie Foundation as a leading institution in the preparation of teachers for a new era. The 2012 National Teacher of the Year is a CSUN alumna. The M.A. in Educational Administration ranked #11 in the article titled “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Degree Programs.”
  • The university’s Center on Disabilities annually hosts an international conference in Southern California, featuring the latest technological advancements for people with disabilities and CSUN is a leading educator of Deaf Studies.
  • CSUN is a leader in diversity. It ranks 11th in the nation among colleges and universities for the number of its minority students who earn baccalaureate degrees.

Each year brings new levels of recognitions and awards. For more information, go to csuntoday.csun.edu.

 

Accreditation

The university’s commitment to the educational and professional goals of the students has made CSUN “a model learning organization” according to Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). CSUN is not only accredited by WASC but also has achieved many field specific accreditations which, among other advantages, will enable our graduates to sit for licensing exams in specific professional fields.

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Accreditation

CSUN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2012 the WASC Commission stated, “The Commission commends CSUN for becoming a model learning organization characterized by collaborative and evidence-based planning, decision making and problem solving. Among its accomplishments during this review are its deep understanding of the characteristics and needs of CSUN students, which has led to programs and activities that promote student success. As noted by the team, the foundation at CSUN could not be stronger.” In addition to WASC, many programs at CSUN also carry additional accreditation from national and international associations and organizations for programs in specific fields. These special accreditations are an important indicator of institutional quality for anyone choosing a university with which to earn their degree because they confirm that the university is able to meet the very rigorous standards of review and consistent quality set by many different and demanding field-specific accrediting organizations. They are a key indicator of the depth and breadth of a university’s commitment to quality over time. CSUN has been awarded 28 special accreditations in specific fields.


Alumni

CSUN alumni create a network of connections in California, across the nation and around the globe. When choosing a university, it is useful to know that others who have earned their degree at that university have achieved success in their chosen fields and often rise to leading roles in those fields. Graduating from CSUN will make you a part of an extensive network of over 200,000 alumni that will build relationships for continued professional success.

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Alumni

CSUN has more than 225,000 alumni that provide new graduates with a network of connections in California, across the nation and around the globe. Graduates are found in leading roles in many fields including leaders and entrepreneurs in business and industry, arts and entertainment fields, science and engineering, civic life, and education. See a sampling of CSUN distinguished alums at See a sampling of CSUN distinguished alums.


Teaching Excellence Focused on Student Achievement

CSUN faculty use instructional strategies that bring both undergraduate and graduate students into the forefront of scholarship and professional practice conversations their field. The faculty also engage students in research and field work that ensure CSUN graduates leave the university prepared as agile and creative professionals ready to innovate and make meaningful contributions to the world around them.

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Teaching Excellence Focused on Student Achievement

University faculty are engaged in scholarship and research focused on solving vexing problems and vital issues in a wide range of fields and disciplines. At the same time, CSUN is dedicated to excellence in teaching and increasing the levels of student achievement with each passing year. This focus on teaching and student achievement keeps class sizes smaller than one might expect at a large university. Faculty engage both undergraduate and graduate students in research and field work that ensure CSUN graduates leave the university prepared as agile and creative professionals ready to innovate and make meaningful contributions to the world around them.


The CSUN Approach to Developing Degree Programs for Excellence

The faculty, working as a creative team with leading practitioners, develop programs in a cohort format. Faculty look at the program as an educational whole from start to finish to ensure that the educational experience is powerful, comprehensive, and focused on the essential learning goals that lead to success after graduation. CSUN is distinctive in making a significant investment in the crafting of each program for working adults. Those who choose CSUN gain the benefit of advanced education rooted in the realities of practice and the challenges facing professionals and organizations today.

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The CSUN Approach to Developing Degree Programs for Excellence

The quality of the faculty and its commitment to teaching midcareer professionals are first and foremost. Exceptional scholars join the CSUN faculty because they value teaching.

With many providers of education flooding the market today, someone considering finishing a baccalaureate or earning a master’s degree may have difficulty making the right choice. The faculty’s combination of traditional scholarship and applied research puts CSUN in a position to offer midcareer professionals the advantage of advanced education rooted in the realities of practice and the challenges facing professionals and organizations today. CSUN engages leading practitioners and employers that build on the experience of midcareer professionals, link them to research at the forefronts of their fields, and prepare them to take leadership roles after graduation.

Faculty and practitioners confer to structure the curriculum in a way that gives students multiple perspectives, including new knowledge in the field, integrating experience into their education, and preparing them for advanced roles in their professions and thought leaders in their fields.

Nearly all CSUN programs offered through the Tseng College for midcareer professionals are taught in the cohort format. All students begin the program at the same time, progress through the courses together and graduate as a group. This format creates a strong learning community that helps participants complete the program on time and also provides a comprehensive learning experience. Each successive course builds on those that preceded it and lays the groundwork for those that follow. The cohort format also fosters the development of lasting professional networking relationships among students and between students and faculty.

CSUN’s Distinctive “Stackable” Curricula

A number of CSUN programs for midcareer professionals offer important options for shaping one’s career over time. Graduate level certificate programs embedded in masters degrees offer those who already have masters degree opportunities to add a field of expertise that can help them shape and redirect their careers over time And, a student can choose to start with a graduate credit certificate with the flexibility to consider completion of the masters degree at a later date.

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CSUN’s Distinctive “Stackable” Curricula

Developed through the Tseng College, CSUN’s stackable curricula feature core courses for each graduate degree and also one or more integrated elective tracks. These tracks can be taken either as part of the degree program or to satisfy the requirements for a linked graduate certificate, so that credits earned in the certificate program can apply to the graduate degree’s requirements, should the certificate holder pursue the advanced degree at a later date.

A growing number of midcareer professionals return for additional degrees as they find interesting new directions for their careers. Graduate-credit certificates linked with CSUN master’s degrees allow students to add additional areas of specialization to their credentials.

This flexibility is increasingly valued in a global marketplace where prepared, talented professionals are in great demand. Those who complete CSUN graduate-degree programs with stackable curricula graduate with both the master’s degree and the linked graduate-credit certificate on their permanent transcripts.

The Approach to Innovative and Career Focused Cross-Disciplinary Degrees and Certificates

CSUN recognizes that the demands of many professions in the changing global economy require advanced professional education that draws on the expertise of faculty from more than a single field or discipline. This provides programs that focus on emerging and changing fields that are in growing demand. This allows graduates to be better prepared to advance in their careers.

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The Approach to Innovative and Career Focused Cross-Disciplinary Degrees and Certificates

CSUN recognizes that the demands of many professions require advanced coursework that draws on the expertise of faculty from more than a single field or discipline. In response, CSUN works with faculty in a number of disciplines to give graduates a professional advantage. This capability also enables CSUN to develop innovative programs that address changing needs in the economy.

For example, the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration was designed and is taught by faculty from both the Department of Music in CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. Another example is CSUN’s master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Instructional Games and Simulations. The faculty who designed and teach in this fully online program come from a wide range of disciplines, including instructional design and adult development, educational technologies, the arts and computer science. The cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary programs respond to and educate graduates for success.

Formats and Scheduling for Midcareer Professionals

CSUN has made a special commitment to serving working adults. Through unique formats such as online and cohort, courses are designed to fit students professional schedule. Being able to focus on one course at a time allows a full level of comprehension that can be applied in the workplace.

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Formats and Scheduling for Midcareer Professionals

All aspects of degree programs offered by CSUN through its Tseng College are crafted to meet the needs of midcareer professionals. Most scheduling (whether evenings, weekends and/or online) allows students to take one course at a time (typically, two courses per term in back-to-back, eight-week formats), so that students can focus on the demands of each course without distraction. Scheduling is year-round so that the typical master’s degree can be completed within less than two years.

CSUN’s Thoughtful and Comprehensive Approach to Online Programs

All CSUN online programs are increasingly recognized nationally for their excellence. They are crafted by the same distinguished faculty and leading practitioners as CSUN's on-campus programs and are held to the same high standards of academic excellence and student achievement as all other CSUN programs. This leads to high on-time graduation rates. The online programs team CSUN faculty with instructional design and technical professionals to ensure that the online learning experience creates an engaged learning community of students and faculty throughout each cohort of the program. At the same time, these programs offer working adults a valuable level of flexibility for managing how the program fits into demanding professional and personal lives.

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CSUN’s Thoughtful and Comprehensive Approach to Online Programs

A growing number of CSUN programs for midcareer professionals are fully online, providing maximum flexibility in terms of when and where to study. These programs bring together students from across the nation and, increasingly, from other countries. The cohort format creates a cohesive and supportive learning community.

CSUN’s fully online degree and degree-completion programs offer a curriculum taught by the same faculty and practitioners that teach these programs on the CSUN campus. Faculty receive individualized training and ongoing support to ensure smooth and effective use of online educational technology. The Tseng College’s professional distance-learning staff also provides training and start-to-finish technical support to students in online degree programs.

Education-technology specialists assigned to each online program and cohort develop strong working relationships with those enrolled, so that students soon discover that their support comes from people on the CSUN campus dedicated to helping them succeed – and not just a virtual “help desk”.

These programs have both a national and an international reach. As a result, midcareer professionals benefit from studying with counterparts in a variety of locations and working environments.

Also valuable are the “hybrid” graduate-degree programs in which online instruction is blended with face-to-face instruction delivered at off-campus locations. This face-to-face component enables students to network with fellow professionals from different parts of their organization.

Commitment to Student Success

Focused on the needs of working adults, CSUN provides the outstanding student support services that one would expect to find only at very high-priced private and/or for-profit universities. This level of exceptional and tightly coordinated support services frees busy professionals to focus on their education and graduation.

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Commitment to Student Success through Excellent Support Services

Starting a degree program is a big step, but – for working adults – the real value is in completing the program. That is why CSUN focuses on providing the outstanding student support services needed to keep graduation rates high. Programs offered through the Tseng College are designed to ensure that participants meet their educational goals and succeed in graduating.

Through the Tseng College, which is not state funded, CSUN provides responsive student support services that one would expect to find at high-priced private and/or for-profit universities. These services include a program manager and an academic lead assigned to each program and cohort to ensure that all students have direct personal support for administrative and academic issues. Students need only contact their assigned program manager to access the wider range of university services and navigate all aspects of the university, from application through graduation, including financial aid.

On-time graduation rates of 75 percent or more are commonplace in CSUN programs for midcareer professionals, with most achieving on-time graduation rates of 70 to 90 percent.

Graduates of CSUN advanced-degree programs in fields that require licensure exams for practitioners (e.g., graduates of the online Master of Science in Communications Disorders and Sciences) pass their exams on the first try at rates well above the national average.

The Value Proposition

Working adults who choose CSUN get an exceptional, carefully crafted learning experience with a high level of on-time graduation (starting a degree program is a big step, but the real goal is finishing); a degree earned from a highly respected major California public university giving their degree long-term credibility at the national and international levels; excellent support services; a robust and distinguished network of CSUN alumni that stretches across the globe; and a moderate price when compared to similar programs from other providers.

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The Value Proposition for Those Choosing CSUN

Tuition for CSUN degree and degree-completion programs through the Tseng College is typically below that charged by private and for-profit providers or public universities outside of California offering similar programs.

When developing programs for working adults, CSUN invests in features of high value to midcareer professionals, including curriculum design, ongoing program reviews and updates, team teaching and field projects, online and off-site program delivery, cohort formats, and extensive support services. CSUN’s dedication to student success provides significant advantages to those who choose CSUN for their advanced professional education.

 

For those who want their education to be powerful and their degree to be of high value for the decades ahead, CSUN is indeed a wise choice.

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