Graduate Degrees

CSUN is the fourth largest graduate-serving institution in California, with students from over 90 countries. Students learn from faculty who teach in CSUN’s nationally accredited graduate programs and can participate in research opportunities and field work.

Graduate students also gain access to all campus facilities and services, including the Student Recreation Center, Klotz Student Health Center, University Library, The Soraya Center of Performing Arts, intramural sports and over 300 student clubs. Work opportunities can be found on campus or in the surrounding Los Angeles neighborhoods, and students can take advantage of family-friendly on-campus housing or choose to live in one of the many nearby apartment complexes.


How To Apply

CSUN online international student application is available at Cal State Apply.

For specific information, such as international application and document deadlines, visit International Admissions Applicants page.

Please refer to the individual graduate program for specific admission requirements. For a list of graduate programs, visit the Graduate Programs page.

Degrees Offered

Students can choose from more than 60 master’s degrees and three doctoral programs, taught by world-class faculty in a variety of disciplines.

For a full list of CSUN graduate programs, visit the Graduate Programs page.

CSUN has nine academic colleges, each with countless awards, accolades and research projects. Information on featured colleges can be found below:

Applications & Admission Requirements

Application and admission requirements vary based on the applicant’s situation. For details, such as university and English-language requirements, visit the Apply Master's Student page.

Please refer to the individual graduate program for specific admission requirements. For a list of graduate programs, visit the Graduate Programs page.

Please note that all international students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout their F1 student status as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office. To view detailed healthcare information, visit Health Insurance Requirement page.

For questions and concerns, please email


A degree from California State University, Northridge holds long-term national and international credibility. CSUN is consistency ranked in the top 100 as one of the best universities for value in the United States.

At the graduate level, international students attend two semesters per year at a cost of approximately $7,800 per semester. Students who graduate in two years spend approximately $31,000 in tuition.

For a list of current CSUN tuition costs, please visit our Tuition & Other Fees page.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Although CSUN does not provide financial aid or scholarships to international students, we offer a lower tuition than most other universities.

To help students reach their goals in participating in a study abroad program, we have comprised a list of scholarship searches and financial aid information available online below:

International students also have an opportunity to work on campus to help pay for expenses; part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during the semester, and full-time (20+ hours per week) during summer and winter breaks. Detailed employment information is available at Factsheet: On-campus Employment for International Students.

Certain graduate students can work as Teaching Assistants, generally starting in the second or third semester of attendance.

Housing & Residential Life

CSUN Student Housing offers three types of housing options ideally suited for the various members of our student population. The Suites at University Park are exclusively for incoming freshman. The Apartments at University Park are for a combination of incoming freshman, returning undergraduates and graduate students. The Apartments at University Village (family housing) are for students with dependents, children, a spouse or partner.

Convenience, safety, academic assistance and constant support are built into Student Housing. Check out the following videos to get an up-close look at CSUN housing.

Space is limited, and fills up fast, so students are encouraged to apply early. Applications are processed on a first come first served basis. A waitlist will be established for applications received after all housing spaces are filled. Offers will be made to waitlisted students as space becomes available.

To apply for CSUN on-campus housing, complete and submit an online application.

Note: CSUN username and password is required for application login.

For questions, please contact CSUN Housing at or (818) 677-2160.



Graduate applicants usually must submit an additional application to the department directly along with the university application. We recommend to check with the graduate program department for additional application requirements and deadlines.

Note: all dates are subject to change. The most current deadlines are available at International Admissions Applicants page. Important to note, departmental applications have much earlier deadlines.

Please refer to the individual graduate program for specific admission requirements and departmental application deadline. Some graduate programs only offer a fall start. For a list of graduate programs, visit the Graduate Programs page.

Fall semester online application opens October 1. Deadline to apply for Fall semester is May 31.  Documents are due by June 15.

Spring semester online application opens August 1. Deadline to apply for Spring semester is October 31.  Documents are due by November 15.

Note: all dates are subject to change. The most current deadlines are available at International Admissions Applicants page.

Students Who Have Already Applied

If a student has already applied, and has questions or concerns, please contact the assigned admissions advisor directly, or email Once admitted, academic advisors are ready to assist students with first semester enrollment.

Additionally, all new international students are required to complete the Response Questionnaire and other steps at the New F-1 International Student Academic Advisement Process.