Application Deadlines for Fall 2018

All materials must be received in our offices by the following dates.

MSW22 – Online Friday, December 15, 2017
11:59 p.m. (PST)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 
11:59 p.m. (PST)
MSW21 – College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Friday, December 15, 2017
11:59 p.m. (PST)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11:59 p.m. (PST)
Apply for MSW21

*Priority Deadline: Applicants who meet this deadline are reviewed first by the committee. This may result in receiving an earlier admissions decision, but not necessarily. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by May 15, 2018.

Application Instructions

Please use the steps below and the Fall 2018 MSW Application Checklist to complete your application.

Submit the Online Application

Online Application (select a link in the table above)

In order to submit your online application, you will be required to pay a $55 non-refundable application fee via debit/credit card.  To be considered for the Online or Off-Site MSW program you are only required to complete this application.  You do not need to submit a separate application through Cal State Apply.  

Please download the following documents and once completed, upload them to page 8 of the online application:

Please refer to the Application Checklist for detailed instructions for each required document. Online applications submitted without these completed attachments will not be considered for review.

Note that the online application used for the MSW program is a general application used by all programs in the Tseng College. Some of the questions on the application may not be directly applicable to the MSW program (e.g., questions about transferrable undergraduate units; questions about family income) but are questions required by the state or federal government. Answering these questions with a “Decline to State” response will not negatively impact your application to this program in any way.

Transcripts Recommendation Packets, and Checklist

Send the following items in ONE PACKAGE directly to the exact address below. Using other CSUN addresses will result in your application not being received at the correct location and can delay the application process thus omitting your application from the pool of complete, on-time applications.

Tseng College
ATTN: MSW Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8352

  • Original/Sealed official academic records/transcripts from any/all academic institutions you have attended in the past. This includes community colleges and institutions where you completed post-baccalaureate work. Do not open transcripts before forwarding them to CSUN. Transcripts must be sealed.
  • Please arrange for three recommendations as instructed on the Application Checklist. Each recommendation packet must include:
  • Your signed Fall 2018 MSW Application Checklist

All application items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline. No exceptions will be made. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to verify the status update of received application materials.

GRE Scores

If applicable*, arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to CSUN electronically.

* All admitted students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 are required to submit GRE General Exam scores to CSUN prior to completing 12 semester units. Your cumulative undergraduate GPA refers to the GPA you earned upon graduation from your undergraduate program.

An official copy of your GRE scores must be sent directly to CSUN electronically from ETS. CSUN’s school code for receipt of electronic GRE scores is 4707.

International students and students with international degrees

The following is required of international applicants who did not earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States, regardless of citizenship.

  • Official Transcripts - Please mail original or certified copies of all official academic records/transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended in the past, not just from institutions at which you earned a degree. No copies of transcripts are accepted. Transcripts must be originals. The applicant must contact each college or university attended and request an official transcript.
  • Original or certified copy of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic score - Scores can either be electronically transmitted to CSUN's school code (4707) or official copies can be mailed. See the required scores on the Admissions Requirements page.
CSUN Email

Activate your CSUN online access and check your CSUN email account regularly.

You should receive an email from Admissions, Registration, and Client Services with your CSUN User ID/Username, initial password, and CSUN email address roughly one week after submission of your application. Your CSUN email account serves as your official email account with the University. This means that the University will use it for official communications and you are responsible for monitoring this account. All updates on your application status will be sent to your CSUN email account only.

More information about activating your account is available in the online application to this program.


IMPORTANT NOTES TO APPLICANTS: All communications between CSUN staff/faculty and potential or actual applicants to our programs are treated as part of the overall application processes and may be considered in making appropriate admissions decision to any CSUN program.

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