Admission to the Leadership in Sustainability Education (LSE) Master’s program is a two step process. Applicants must complete one application to Portland State University graduate admissions (step 1 below) and one application to the Educational Leadership & Policy (ELP) department (step 2 below).
Before applying to our program you must:
- Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the highest degree earned.
The Graduate School of Education will be using a new application system for those applying in 2016. This new web based system will allow applicants to input information, upload materials and track their application status from any online location. The new system will also consolidate the admission process into a single application for both the program and university. The new application system will go live September, 2015. You can start gathering materials for your application now.
A complete application includes:
❑ University Application and $65 fee (completed online or by paper form)
❑ Official transcripts (from every accredited institution ever attended, including community colleges)
❑ Current resume
❑ Personal goal statement: A 500-1,000 word essay describing: 1) Your background, experience, and interest in Sustainability Education; 2) Your career goals and why you think LSE program is appropriate for you; 3) How the LSE mission and guiding principles resonate with your goals; 4)What you hope to contribute to the LSE program.
❑ Letters of reference (these must come directly from the reviewer). Letters should address the following: 1) In what capacity have you know this applicant and for how long? 2) What are the applicant’s qualifications and capabilities for success in a master’s program? 3) What are some indicators that the applicant will be successful as a leader in Sustainability Education? 4) What type of leadership positions do you expect this candidate to be capable of assuming in the future?
Accepted students will be assessed a one-time matriculation fee if this is their first admission to a graduate program at PSU as of Fall 2009.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring all application materials are received by the department by the deadlines noted below! Faculty will review applications only after all application materials have been received. A timely admission decision cannot be guaranteed for incomplete applications.
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After the application review is complete, departmental decisions will be emailed to the student and are subject to final approval by the university Office of Admissions. You will be notified of your official admission status via a mailed letter from the Office of Admissions. Only after you are officially admitted you will be able to register for courses. The whole admission process may take a minimum of up to 4 weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Retention of Student Documents:
All application documents submitted to PSU become the property of the University and may not be copied or returned to a student. Transcripts from other institutions cannot be copied (PSU Bulletin, 2009-2010, p. 41). If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email email@example.com or call 503-725-4633.
*If you are already enrolled in a Portland State Master’s or Doctorate program that you have not yet completed, you may add the program you are applying for to your current program with a GO-19. This form takes the place of the Graduate Admissions form and corresponding $50 fee. You can download a GO-19 here: http://www.pdx.edu/ogs/forms.
**It is a University requirement that students register and pay for at least one credit in the term they are admitted. Failure to do so will result in automatic cancellation of your admission. If you need to change the term for which you intend to begin classes after you have submitted your application, please contact the ELP Department at 503-725-4633 to discuss your options.
PSU supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall. A major goal of this department is to provide a diverse pool of qualified applicants for educational leadership and administrative positions in Oregon. African, Asian, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.