Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

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March 24, 2020June 23, 2020OPEN

To best facilitate a timely and successful application process, we encourage you to finish your application before the priority deadline. By applying early, you also facilitate more time for financial aid decisions.

If you experience any technical issues, please email and a staff member will assist you (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Application Instructions

STEP 1: Submit Online Application

To start your application, please click on the Online application link below, and then register as a new user or log in with an existing username and password. Helpful tips before completing the application. After you register, please complete your online application, including all of the following steps:

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose - a 300-400 word statement (double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font) describing your:
  3. Resume (PDF or Word formats)
  4. Application fee – $70 non-refundable payment by credit card

Note: Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 must submit three letters of reference from supervisors, describing work performance, professional growth, and potential as a graduate student. Please email letters of reference to

Statement of Purpose Additional Guidelines:

Each candidate’s statement of purpose is unique and, as such, there is no fixed content. However, in general terms, the statement of purpose is designed to confirm that you are a good fit for the program (i.e. that you understand the program and that its curriculum is a good match for your goals). As such, use your statement of purpose as an opportunity not only to demonstrate your ability to create a well-written, viable, and cohesive narrative, but also to “connect the dots” between the program and your goals by explaining in detail HOW you believe that the program can help you to reach those goals.

To that end, please be sure that your statement of purpose helps the academic college to understand your motivation in applying to the program, i.e. what you hope to achieve therefrom. Examples might include some depth related to: academic growth, personal growth, professional development, skill enhancement, community service, knowledge of public administration’s role in providing services, expanding knowledge about policymaking, decision making, how organizations are structured, knowledge about human resource management, the importance of public administration research, etc.

Additionally — and perhaps most importantly — the statement of purpose should clearly, and in some detail, explain HOW you believe that the program’s content will aid in your goal. Examples might include: expanding on existing skills/knowledge, developing new skills/knowledge, contextualizing existing experience with new modes of thinking, broadening scope, etc. This type of statement can only be crafted in relation to the program’s current content, and so please take time to review the “Course Description” section of the program’s “Curriculum” page on the website and ensure that your answers directly relate to the courses and their content.

One of the ways to test that your statement of purpose contains the minimum requisite elements is to ask yourself: Does it answer all of the following questions (directly below)? And, does is do so with a solid level of articulation, depth, and quality?

  • How will the program help you to achieve your educational goals?
  • How will the program help you to achieve your career goals?
  • How will the program’s curriculum help to achieve these goals?
  • What do you hope to gain from the MPA program?
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STEP 2a: Submit Official Transcripts

After completing your online application, please submit official academic records/transcripts electronically or by mail to:

  • Electronic transcripts*:
  • Mail-in transcripts (sealed official):
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, California 91330-8343

Note: Transcripts are required from ALL institutions that you have attended, not only those from which you earned a degree. Be sure to notify us of any prior names under which you may possess a transcript. Previous CSUN students do not need to request CSUN transcripts, and should submit only documents related to course work completed after leaving CSUN.

*If you attended a California community college, your institution might be able to send e-transcripts on your behalf, free of charge. Please visit the eTranscript California page to determine your eligibility.

STEP 2b: For Non-U.S. Degree and International Students Only

When submitting transcripts, please include two official copies: one in the original language and one in an official English translation.*

In addition to the above requirements, applicants with a degree from outside the United States must also submit the following:

  • Official or certified copy of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores – Scores can either be sent electronically to CSUN’s school code (4707) or mailed to the address below:
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8343

Note: Degrees from outside the United States must be equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.

*Translations must be completed by a member of the American Translators Association; a certified court interpreter or translator; or a staff member of a foreign consulate.

STEP 3: Activate Your Account

After submitting your application, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days containing your username, CSUN email address, and student ID.* Please follow the email’s instructions to activate your CSUN email account and gain access to the myNorthridge Portal.

Note: If you are reapplying, please use your existing CSUN username and password.

*If you do not receive an activation email from the Tseng College, please contact

STEP 4: Check Your CSUN Email and myNorthridge Portal

Please regularly check your CSUN email for updates. The university uses this email for all communications, including notification of whether you are accepted into the program.

To reiterate: Updates on your application status will only be sent to your CSUN email account.

Along with your CSUN email, you should regularly use the myNorthridge Portal to access important information and complete necessary tasks. The portal is where you can find your student schedule and access or update your personal and academic records.


IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL APPLICANTS: Please be advised that all communications with University employees, including emails and phone conversations, are considered in admissions decisions.

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