California State University, Northridge: Online

California State University Northridge Online is located in Los Angeles, California, in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Given its home in a bustling, dynamic city, the school’s campus is vibrant and diverse which extends to the California State University, Northridge online classroom.

CSUN online programs are primarily offered at the master’s degree level. However, students can pursue doctorate degrees through a blend of online and on-campus programming.

In fall 2016, Cal State University Northridge employed 925 full-time instructors and 1,180 part-time instructors. In total that semester, the school utilized 219 graduate assistants, all of whom assisted professors and instructors with instruction. The student to faculty ratio that same semester was 26 to 1.i

In fall 208, the Cal State Northridge acceptance rate was 48 percent which U.S. News ranks “less selective.”ii

What Makes Cal State Northridge Unique

California State Northridge serves a large population of immigrant students. As such, it pays close attention to the needs of “Dreamers” and helps ensure they have the support they need to attend college successfully. Through the school, students can gain access to the California Dream Act application (and support in submitting it), plus guidance in secure financial and social resources for attending college.iii

A Diverse Student Body

In fall 2016, nine percent of CSUN Northridge’s students were what the National Center for Education Statistics called “Non-resident Alien.” Forty-six percent were Hispanic/Latino and 11 percent were Asian. CSUN Northridge values its potentially immigrant/descendent of immigrant community and demonstrates such through support services and policy.iii

Cal State Northridge Graduate Programs

Cal State Northridge graduate programs ask students to meet both University and individual departments’ eligibility requirements for admission. The University requirements for admissions are as follows:vi

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing at the last school they attended at the college level
  • Applicants must meet certain GPA requirements, which vary depending on if the applicant currently holds a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.

At the department level, admissions requirements are as follows:vi

  • Applicants must meet the higher admission standards of individual master’s programs even if they have already met the university’s lower admission standards
  • Applicants must submit the academic, professional, and personal information required by their respective graduate program

To apply to doctorate programs, graduate applicants must first apply to and be accepted into an individual program. Once they have been accepted into the program, they can apply to the university for

Cal State Northridge admissions charges applicants $55 to apply to graduate 

California State University Northridge Online

Cal State University Northridge online offers numerous graduate programs:vii

  • An M.S. in Assistive Technology Studies and Human Services
  • An M.S. in Communicative Disorders
  • An M.S. in Engineering Management
  • An M.A. in Humanities
  • An M.P.A. in Public Administration (with multiple options for specialization: Health Administration, Nonprofit Sector Management, Public Sector Management and Leadership)
  • M.P.H. in Public Health: Community Health Education
  • M.S.W. in Social Work

To study CSUN speech pathology online, there are two options: The Certificate of Preparation for Advanced Studies in Speech-Language Pathology; and the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork Experience, Certificate of Advanced Professional Development.vii

Program Formats & Costs

In fall 2016, two percent of Cal State Northridge’s 4,160 graduate students were enrolled entirely in online programming, while 12 percent were enrolled in at least some online education. Eighty-six percent of graduate students attended classes entirely on the Cal State Northridge campus.vii

CSUN online master’s degree programs and doctorate programs cost the same as on-campus ones and may or may not include additional technology fees (depending on the program). See tuition costs for CSUN students below.vii

While you may not be able to study Cal State Northridge speech pathology online, you may be able to do so through a hybrid program. If you want to study CSUN speech pathology online, explore the program for online options.

Similarly, CSU Northridge Nursing programs may be available in hybrid formats. Explore the Cal State Northridge Nursing program for online options.

Cal State Northridge Majors

Cal State Northridge conferred 7,714 bachelor’s degrees, 1,962 master’s degrees, and 49 doctorate degrees during the 2015-2016 school year.

For graduate students earning master’s degrees, the most popular majors were as follows:i

  • Public Administration (a large majority of students earning master’s degrees that year, 421, did so in this area)
  • Social Work (157 master’s degrees conferred) (The CSUN MSW online is a popular option)
  • Educational Leadership and Administration (137 master’s degrees conferred)
  • Engineering/Industrial Management (106 master’s degrees conferred)
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services (103 master’s degrees conferred)

Other Popular Subjects

The next most popular majors were in General Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and various areas of the visual and performance arts.i

For graduate students earning doctorate degrees that year, Physical Therapy and Educational Leadership and Administration were the most popular majors.i

Cal State Northridge Tuition

California State University Northridge tuition varies by program and program level.

Average Cost

For most master’s degree level programs, tuition costs in-state students $4,161 to take seven or more units during the 2018-2019 school year.

Out-of-state students paid an additional $396 per unit. Books and supplies for these groups of students cost an estimated additional $1,001 per semester.iv

Business & Professional Program Costs

That same year, graduate-level business and professional programs cost in-state students $6,591 for nine units per semester, while out-of-state students paid an additional $396 per unit. For this group of students, books and supplies cost an additional estimated $1,001 per semester.iv

Doctoral Degree Programs

To earn a doctorate degree in education, students paid $6,492 per semester for an undisclosed number of units. Out-of-state students may have to pay an additional amount. This group too, paid an estimated additional $1,001 for books and supplies each semester.iv

To earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy, students paid $9,171 per semester for an undisclosed number of units. Out-of-state students may have to pay an additional amount per unit. Books and supplies cost this group of students an additional $1,001 per semester.iv

Costs for International Students

California State University Northridge fees for international students vary by program and may or may not exist.

Money for Students

Many students at California State University, Northridge will be eligible to apply for federal student loans and grants and institutional and other scholarships. They may also be eligible for work study and paid/work-study assistantships.

Tuition Predictions

As is the case with tuition at many colleges across the board, CSU Northridge tuition will likely rise each year.

Cal State Northridge Enrollment

In fall 2016, Cal State Northridge had 39,916 total students. 4,160 of those students were enrolled in graduate programs, and the large majority—35,756 students—were enrolled in undergraduate programs.i

Full-Time vs Part-Time Studies

Fifty-two percent of graduate students at Cal State Northridge attended classes full-time that same semester. Forty-eight percent attended classes part-time.i

Cal State Northridge Accreditation

Cal State Northridge has institutional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College, and University Commission.i

It has additional specialized accreditation from 6 agencies:

  1. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  2. The American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  3. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  4. The Council on Education for Public Health
  5. The National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
  6. The National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation

CSU Northridge has additional specialized accreditation for other academic programs. If the subject you intend to study requires specialized accreditation, check with a program director for the program’s status.

Cal State Northridge Ranking

U.S. News gave a California State University Northridge ranking of #73 (tie) in Regional Universities West. From the same source, the school received ranks of:v

  • #22 (tie) in Top Public Schools
  • #44 (tie) in Engineering Programs (no doctorate)
  • #216 (tie) in Business Programs.

Cal State Northridge’s graduate-level Physical Therapy program ranked:v

  • #136 (tie) in Physical Therapy
  • #141 (tie) in Speech-Language Pathology
  • #123 (tie) in Social Work.

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