Application Deadlines for Spring 2020

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

priority deadline final deadline online application
August 27, 2019* September 24, 2019 Apply for Spring 2020

*Priority Deadline: Applicants who meet this deadline are reviewed first by the committee. This may result in receiving an earlier admissions decision, but not necessarily.

Application Instructions

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

Submit the Online Application

Online Application (select a link in the table above)

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

Please download the following documents and once completed, upload them to page 8 of the online application:

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.

Note that the online application used for the MSW 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 MSW 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.

Transcripts Recommendation Packets, and Checklist

Send the following items in ONE PACKAGE directly 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: MSW Program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8352

  • 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.
  • Please arrange for three recommendations as instructed on the Application Checklist. Each recommendation packet must include:
  • Your signed MSW Application Checklist

All application items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline. No exceptions will be made. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to verify the status update of received application materials.

Applicants with international degrees

The following is required of 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.
Activate CSUN Account

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.

CSUN Email and MyNorthridge Portal

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 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.

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