For application and registration questions, please contact the Program Coordinator, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics at (818) 677-3952, or by email

Note: Applicants, please see English proficiency requirements.

Application Deadline

While priority consideration will be given to applicants who submit an application by May 1, applications received by July 1 will be considered (to the extent that space is available).

Cohort Priority deadline Final Deadline
Fall 2019 May 1, 2019 July 1, 2019

Application Instructions

Complete the following steps in the order listed to ensure proper submission of your online application and application materials.

Email if you experience any technical issues with your online application. A staff member will contact you to assist you (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm).


Submit online:

You will be given an opportunity to access, complete, and upload the following required documents as part of your online application:

  1. Online Application
  2. Personal Statement- describing:
    • How your professional, academic or personal background fits well with the M.S. in Taxation program at CSUN.
    • How an M.S. in Taxation will assist you advance in your career.
  3. Resume
  4. Application fee - Pay $55 as a nonrefundable application fee
  5. Bank statement and Affidavit of Financial support (Only required of international applicants applying to study on an international student visa).
  6. Copy of passport (Only required of international applicants applying to study on an international student visa).
  7. Professional Credentials are not required for admission to the program. However, if you do have a professional credential (e.g., CPA, Enrolled Agent, CFP, etc.) or passed a professional credential exam, please provide us with a copy of the certification/exam results. 

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.


Submit by Regular Mail:

  1. Submit two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors.
  2. 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 to the exact address below. (If you attended CSUN, you do not need to request CSUN transcripts. We will acquire your CSUN records for your application. No copies of transcripts are accepted. Transcripts must be originals. The applicant must contact each college or university attended and request official transcript.
  3. 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 to the address below (Required of applicants who did not earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution within the United States).

Mail all official transcripts and your recommendation letters together in one package to the exact address below.

Tseng College
ATTN: Taxation program
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8352

All items sent by regular mail must be postmarked by the application deadline date.

DO NOT mail items until AFTER you submit your online application. Otherwise, we will not have a record of you as an applicant and your transcripts and recommendations cannot be processed and evaluated.

DO NOT mail or electronically transmit official transcripts to CSUN’s Office of Admissions & Records. We cannot access transcripts sent to that office for up to three months. This will prevent us from being able to review your application in a timely manner and consider you for admission.

Applicants must submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title V, California Code of Regulations).


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.