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 Deadlines for Fall 2019

priority deadline final deadline online application
March 28, 2019 July 16, 2019 CLOSED

Application Instructions


Submit online a formal CSUN Online Application (CLOSED), 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.


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.