Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

priority deadline FINAL deadline online application
December 10, 2019 January 14, 2020 CLOSED

To best facilitate a timely and successful application process, we encourage you to finish your application before the priority deadline. By applying early, you also facilitate more time for financial aid decisions.

If you experience any technical issues, please email and a staff member will assist you (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Application Instructions

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

STEP 1: Submit Online Application

To start your application, please click on the Online application link below, and then register as a new user or log in with an existing username and password. Helpful tips before completing the application.  After you register, please complete your online application, including all of the following steps:

  1. Online application (CLOSED)
  2. Statement of purpose - a two-page statement (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1000 words maximum) describing your:
    • Reason for applying
    • Desired outcomes from the program
  3. Resume (PDF or Word formats)
  4. Application fee – $70 non-refundable payment by credit card

STEP 2a: Submit Official Transcripts

After completing your online application, please submit official academic records/transcripts electronically or by mail to:

  • Electronic transcripts*:
  • Mail-in transcripts (sealed official) - all mailed transcripts must be sent in one package:
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, California 91330-8343

Note: Transcripts are required from ALL institutions that you have attended, not only those from which you earned a degree. Be sure to notify us of any prior names under which you may possess a transcript. Previous CSUN students do not need to request CSUN transcripts, and should submit only documents related to course work completed after leaving CSUN.

*If you attended a California community college, your institution might be able to send e-transcripts on your behalf, free of charge. Please visit the eTranscript California page to determine your eligibility.

STEP 2b: For Non-U.S. Degree and International Students Only

When submitting transcripts, please include two official copies: one in the original language and one in an official English translation.*

In addition to the above requirements, applicants with a degree from outside the United States must also submit the following:

  • Official or certified copy of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores - Scores can either be sent electronically to CSUN’s school code (4707) or mailed to the address below:
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, California 91330-8343

For international students applying to an on-campus program that requires an F-1 student visa, please also submit:

  1. Bank statement
  2. Affidavit of financial support
  3. Copy of passport

Note: Degrees from outside the United States must be equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.

*Translations must be completed by a member of the American Translators Association; a certified court interpreter or translator; or a staff member of a foreign consulate.

STEP 3: Submit Letters of Recommendation

Please submit three recommendation packets, preferably from those familiar with your clinical/behavioral experience or course work.*

All recommendation packets must include:

Please ask your recommender to email the packet on your behalf to, using the subject line "MS-ABA Academic Faculty Committee."

*No clients, former clients, or family.

STEP 4: GRE Scores

Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 must submit GRE General Exam scores.

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.

GRE scores, if applicable, must be submitted by the application deadline date for your application to be considered for review.

STEP 5: Activate Your Account

After submitting your application, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days containing your username, CSUN email address, and student ID.* Please follow the email’s instructions to activate your CSUN email account and gain access to the myNorthridge Portal.

Note: If you are a returning student or reapplying, please use your existing CSUN username and password.

*If you do not receive an activation email from the Tseng College, please contact

STEP 6: Check Your CSUN Email and myNorthridge Portal

Please regularly check your CSUN email for updates. The university uses this email for all communications, including notification of whether you are accepted into the program.

To reiterate: Updates on your application status will only be sent to your CSUN email account.

Along with your CSUN email, you should regularly use the myNorthridge Portal to access important information and complete necessary tasks. The portal is where you can find your student schedule and access or update your personal and academic records.


IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL APPLICANTS: Please be advised that all communications with University employees, including emails and phone conversations, are considered in admissions decisions.

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