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Important Notice!

Application for the 2011 EMPA Cohort has been closed. Unless you are permitted by the program faculty to start the 2011 Cohort as a non-degree entry student, please visit our website later in November to view the 2012 Cohort application. We plan on accepting applications in winter term 2012. Thank you for your understanding.

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Applicants must submit two application packets: one to Portland State University's Office of Admissions and one to the Certificate in Public Management Program. The admission process will be delayed if incomplete applications are submitted.

 

Application Packet 1: Submit to the PSU Office of Admissions

Return the following items to the Office of Admissions, Registration, and Records as a complete packet:
  • University Application for Graduate Admission form, also located at the Graduate Studies website.
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee. The fee is good for one year. Pay by check, money order, or credit card. Do not send cash.
  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution) from each post-secondary institution attended (a transcript from PSU is not required). Official transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be translated into English by a certified translation agency and submitted to Portland State along with the original official documents. Contact the Office of Admissions at 503-725-3511 for additional details on this requirment.
  • Measles Form 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed undergraduate degree requirements at an accredited U.S. institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores. The required minimum score is 550 for the paper-based test and 213 for the computer-based test. Visit the TOEFL web site for information about testing and ordering score reports. When ordering test score reports, please use Portland State's institutional code: 4610.

For additional information on the university application process, please visit the Admissions Office website at http://www.pdx.edu/admissions/graduate-admission.

Return Application Packet #1 to:

Portland State University
Office of Admissions
P.O. BOX 901
Portland, OR 97207-0901

Application Packet 2: Submit to the Certificate in Public Management Program

Return the following items to the Center for Public Service as a complete packet:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts or degree certificates issued in languages other than English must be translated into English by a certified translation agency and submitted to the department along with the original official documents. Contact the Office of Admissions at 503-725-3511 for additional details on this requirment.
  • Application essay (essay question is included in the CPM Application form).
  • Copy of current professional resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references (no standardized form required). Each letter should comment on the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program and the six year significan work experience requirement. Letters must be written on official letterhead and sealed in an envelope.
  • Copies of official course descriptions and syllabi for all non-PSU graduate courses that you would like evaluated for pre-admission/transfer credit.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed undergraduate degree requirements at an accredited U.S. institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores. The required minimum score is 550 for the paper-based test and 213 for the computer-based test. Visit the TOEFL web site for information about testing and ordering score reports. When ordering test score reports, please use Portland State's institutional code: 4610.

No GRE test scores are required for program admission.

Return Application Packet #2 to:

Certificate in Public Management Program
Center for Public Service
Public Administration Division
P.O. BOX 751 (PA-ELI) 
Portland, OR 97207-0751

 

Application Review Process

Upon receipt of your application, the Admissions Committee will review your application packet and notify you of their decision. Admissions decisions fall into three categories:

  • Unconditional Admission: An applicant is admitted into the program with no conditions or restrictions.
  • Conditional Admission: An applicant is conditionally admitted into the program and must demonstrate satisfactory performance in 2 or more courses (as determined by their advisor) before granted unconditional student status.
  • Denial: An applicant's qualifications and experience do not meet admissions criteria.

Important Note: Interviews with applicants may be requested by the Admissions Committee prior to issuing an admissions decision.

If you do not join the CPM Program to which you are admitted, your admission application will be automatically cancelled unless you notify PSU Admissions and theCenter for Public Service.