Application Deadline for Spring 2020

Please follow all instructions on the application, and submit the filing fee and all required transcripts and testing scores to the appropriate departments as noted on the application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the department.

final deadline online application
June 3, 2019 CLOSED

The program classes begin the following year at the start of the Spring semester in January 2020.

Application Process

STEP 1 Completing the online application (CLOSED) completes the requirement for both the University application and the CDS department application. You do not need to submit a separate application through Cal State Apply.

If you have questions about the application process please contact us at 818-677-2803 or

STEP 2 In order to submit your online application, you will be required to pay a $55 non-refundable application fee via debit/credit card.

On page 8 of the online application, you will download the following documents:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Letter of Recommendation Form

You must complete, and then attach the following documents to the online application. Online applications submitted without these completed attachments will not be considered:

  • Unofficial Transcripts/academic records from any/all academic institutions you have attended in the past
  • Unofficial GRE or MAT scores
  • Statement of Intent
  • UDWPE Test Results (if graduated from a CSU campus)
  • Résumé

Submit 3 completed Recommendation Forms via mail (may also be mailed directly by the recommender) to:

CDS Distance Learning Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8279

All items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline date. No exceptions will be made.

STEP 4 Submit the following via regular mail to the address below:
  • Original/Sealed Official 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.
  • Official GRE or MAT scores

Submit Official Transcripts and Official GRE/MAT scores to:

Tseng College
Attn: CDS Program
California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8352

Again, all items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline date. No exceptions will be made.
Send items to the exact addresses listed above. 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.


Activate Your CSUN Online Access

You will receive an email from The Tseng College Office of Admissions, Registration and Client Services (ARC) that contains your CSUN User ID/Username, CSUN email address, and CSUN Student ID. If you do not receive this email please contact If you are a returning student or reapplying, please use your existing CSUN User ID and password. If you are a new applicant or do not have a CSUN student account, use the information provided in the email to activate your access to myNorthridge Portal and your CSUN e-mail account.


Check your CSUN Email Account and MyNorthridge Student Portal Regularly for Official Communication

You are issued a CSUN email account when you apply to the University. Your CSUN email account serves as your official means for University communication. The University will use it for all communications and you are responsible for monitoring this account. All updates on your application status will be sent to your CSUN email account only.

The MyNorthridge Student Portal is CSUN's official web portal for applicant, admitted and current students. It is designed to provide a wealth of campus resources and services in one central location. The portal is where you can find your student schedule, course contents, unofficial transcript, register for classes, update and access personal and academic records. You are encouraged to become familiar with all the functions of your student portal. You are expected to use your student portal regularly at CSUN.


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.

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