Application Deadlines for Fall 2017

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

priority deadline application deadline online application
December 9, 2016 January 17, 2017 Apply Now

*Priority Deadline: Applicants who meet this deadline are reviewed first by the committee. They are also first to be considered for open seats in the program.

Application Instructions


Submit online:

Online application, including a statement of purpose (approximately two pages, maximum 1000 words, double-spaced, with 12 point font) describing your interest in this master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis (MS-ABA) and how enrollment in the program will contribute to your professional and personal growth and success. Your statement of purpose will be uploaded to your application, as below.

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. $55 Application fee

Note that the online application used for the MS-ABA 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 MS-ABA 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.


Send these items in one package, directly to CSUN:

  • 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. (If you attended CSUN you do not need to request CSUN transcripts; we will acquire your CSUN records for your application.)
    • Do not open the envelopes in which transcripts arrive; forward all sealed envelopes to CSUN.

  • If your degree is in progress when you apply, and you will be completing your bachelor's degree this spring, note that if admitted to the MS-ABA program, CSUN must receive official copies of your transcripts showing official degree conferral by or before July 15, 2017 in order for you to remain in the program.

All items must be received at CSUN by the application deadline date in order to be considered for review.

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 Admissions, Registration and Client Services
ATTN: M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St., MC: 8343
Northridge, California 91330-8343


If applicable*, arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to CSUN electronically:

* All applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 are required to submit GRE General Exam scores to CSUN in order to be reviewed as an applicant for this program.

An official copy of your GRE scores must be sent directly to CSUN electronically from ETS. CSUN’s school code for receipt of electronic GRE scores is: 4707.

Note that GRE scores must be submitted by the application deadline date for your application to be considered for review.


Please arrange for three recent letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (preferably from those who can comment on your clinical/behavioral work or related coursework) plus a required waiver form (below) to be EMAILED on your behalf.

Provide this Waive Access form and recommendation form to each of your three recommenders to include with their letter of recommendation. The waiver form must accompany all recommendations. Be sure you fully complete and sign your Waiver form before you send it to your recommenders. Each recommender is to sign the Waiver form before emailing it along with his/her recommendation to CSUN.

Tip: Complete, save, and email your waiver form to each of your recommenders so he/she does not have to scan it.

Recommenders (not you, the applicant) should EMAIL their recommendation along with the waiver directly to this email: and emails should use the Subject line “MS-ABA Academic Faculty Committee”.

All recommendations must be received at CSUN by the application deadline date to be considered for review.


Activate your CSUN online access and check your CSUN email account regularly.

You are issued a CSUN email account when you apply to the University. Your CSUN email account serves as your official email account with the University. This means that the University will use it for official communications and you are responsible for monitoring this account. All updates on your application status will be sent to your CSUN email account only.

You should receive a letter from Admissions and Records with your CSUN User ID/Username, initial password, and CSUN email address roughly one week after submission of your application. More information about activating your account is available in the online application to this program. You may use the information below to access your CSUN account for the first time and to log into your CSUN email.

Activate CSUN User ID and Password
Access/Forward CSUN email
Access the SOLAR Student Center
Forgot CSUN User ID and Reset CSUN Password


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. Please note that we are unable to return any application materials to applicants once they are submitted, including letters of recommendation and transcripts.


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