Application Deadlines for Fall 2018

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

priority deadline application deadline online application
December 8, 2017 January 22, 2018 CLOSED

*Priority Deadline: Applicants who meet this deadline are reviewed first by the committee. They are also first to be considered for open seats in the program.

Application Instructions

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

Submit the Online Application

Online Application (CLOSED)

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 ABA program you are only required to complete this application.  You do not need to submit a separate application through Cal State Apply.  

The following documents must be uploaded to your application:

  1. Statement of purpose - Describe your interest in the Applied Behavior Analysis (MS-ABA) program and how enrollment in the program will contribute to your professional and personal growth and success. Approximately two pages, maximum 1000 words, double-spaced, with 12 point font.
  2. Resume

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.

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.

Note that the online application used for the ABA 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 ABA 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.


Send the following in one package to Tseng College:

  • 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.
  • If your degree is in progress when you apply, and you will be completing your bachelor's degree this spring, note that if admitted to the MS-ABA program, CSUN must receive official copies of your transcripts showing official degree conferral by or before July 16, 2018.

All official transcripts must be received at the Tseng College by the application deadline. No exceptions will be made. It will be the responsibility of the student to verify the status update of received application materials.

Send the official transcripts in ONE PACKAGE 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: Applied Behavior Analysis Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8352

Letters of Recommendation

Please arrange for three strong recent letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (preferably from those who can comment on your clinical/behavioral work or related coursework - no clients, former clients or family) plus a required waiver form to be EMAILED on your behalf.

All recommendation packets must include:

Recommenders must EMAIL their recommendation packet to

  • Emails should use the Subject line “MS-ABA Academic Faculty Committee”.
  • Recommendation letters submitted by applicants will not be considered for review.

All letters of recommendation must be received at the Tseng College by the application deadline. No exceptions will be made. It will be the responsibility of the student 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 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.

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. Please note that we are unable to return any application materials to applicants once they are submitted, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.


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