Per Governor Newsom’s directive, CSUN faculty and staff are working remotely. However, we continue to accept applications and provide assistance. 

Please contact us at for application support.   While there may be a delay in response in some cases, rest assured that we will respond to your email.

For your safety, CSUN is continuing with virtual instruction for the Spring 2021 semester. It’s important your studies continue, even in these difficult times, but your health is our first priority. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Applications and Deadlines for Off-Campus Cohorts

Glendale Community College MPA 236 Spring 2021 November 17, 2020 Apply for MPA236
South El Monte (LAPDSS) MPA 227 Spring 2021 November 17, 2020 Apply for MPA227
Santa Barbara MPA 228 Spring 2021 November 17, 2020 Apply for MPA228

To best facilitate a timely and successful application process, we encourage you to finish your application before the 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.

Online application - Select the online application above that corresponds to your preferred location.

After you register, please complete the online application, which includes the following steps:

  1. Upload Your Documents – you will be asked to submit a statement of purpose and resume.
  2. 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.

  • After you have submitted your online application, and all your official transcripts have been received and evaluated, you will be contacted by email with additional instructions on submitting the required letters of recommendation, if applicable.
    • You will be asked to indicate whether you waive your right to view and access these recommendations per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Your choice will be disclosed to your recommenders in the recommendation request.
    • Your choice will be disclosed to your recommenders in the recommendation request.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative overall undergraduate GPA that is 3.0 or higher will not be required to submit letters of recommendation for this program.

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. State Consumer Protection Information can be found here.

  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application, including all required documents, is complete and has been received in good working order before the application deadline. Please contact us with any questions.
  • Admission does not guarantee cohort launch.
  • Out-of-state applicants that will remain out of state during their program of study should check State Authorizations information relative to their state before applying:


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