Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with the Academic Director of the Humanities Master of Arts Program and/or the faculty admissions committee.

Application Deadline

Term Priority Application Deadline Application Deadline
Fall 2018 March 31, 2018 July 2, 2018

Application Instructions


Submit online a formal CSUN Online application, including a one-page statement of purpose describing and explaining the applicant's interest in the CSUN M.A. in Humanities program and how enrollment in the program will contribute to the applicant's personal and/or professional growth and success.

In addition, the material(s) listed below will be required as part of your application. You will be given an opportunity to access, complete, and upload the following required document(s) as part of your online application:

  1. Resume
  2. Payment for the $55 nonrefundable application fee

Note that the online application used for the HUMA 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 HUMA program (e.g., questions about transferrable undergraduate units; questions about family income; questions about having an RN license) 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.

Complete and submit the online Application as soon as possible. Doing so will assure that your application is included in the applicant pool and that Admissions is aware of your application and can track additional materials as they arrive.

Both online application parts must be submitted no later than the application deadline date.


Submit a writing sample. Applicants will be asked to attach a writing sample to their online application.

Writing samples may include: a business letter or marketing materials you have drafted to represent your organization; a grant proposal you have written for work, school or as a volunteer; an artistic abstract, a script, a poem or song, or a traditional college or university term paper, essay or research paper.


Submit Original or certified copies (one copy each) of all official academic records/transcripts by mail (or electronic transcripts if the institution offers that option) to the address below. Note that if you attended CSUN you do not need to submit CSUN transcripts.

Transcripts should be sent for any & all institutions you have attended, not just the ones from which you earned a degree.

  • If you have transcripts sent to you before forwarding them to CSUN, DO NOT open the envelopes in which transcripts arrive; forward all envelopes, sealed, to CSUN.

Send items 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: HUMA OL program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8352

All items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline date in order to be considered for review.


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

* All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 are required to submit GRE General Exam scores to CSUN in order to be reviewed as an applicant for this 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.

Note that GRE scores must be submitted by the application deadline date for your application to be considered for review.


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

You are issued a CSUN email account when you apply to the University. 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.

You should receive a letter from Admissions and Records with your CSUN User ID/Username, initial password, and CSUN email address roughly one week after submission of your application. More information about activating your account is available in the online application to this program. You may use the information below to access your CSUN account for the first time and to log into your CSUN email.

Activate CSUN User ID and Password
Access/Forward CSUN email
Access the SOLAR Student Center
Forgot CSUN User ID and Reset CSUN Password


IMPORTANT NOTE 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.