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PACE Graduate Certificate - Admissions

Applications are now open! We’ve simplified our process - by submitting a single application in our new College Net application system you will be considered for admission by your program as well as at Portland State University. This new web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application:

  • "Educational Leadership and Policy: Training and Development, Certificate" for ELP: Graduate Certificate in Training and Development
  • "Edicational Leadership and Polcy: Student Affairs in Higher Education, Certificate" for ELP: Graduate Certificate in Student Affairs in Higher Education
  • "Educational Leadership and Policy: Teaching Adult Learners, Certificate" for ELP: Graduate Certificates in Teaching Adult Learners

See application requirements below for more information.

The method of applying for admission to any of the PACE Graduate Certificate programs depends on your current admission status.

If you are currently officially admitted to one of the ELP Master’s programs (PACE, LSE, Ed. Leadership Masters, Master’s plus IAL, or CAL) and currently registered for classes, complete one GO-19M, which can be found on the Graduate Studies forms webpage, for each certificate you wish to earn, and return them to the ELP department secretary or admissions assistant in the ELP department office in ED 240-3.

If you are currently officially admitted to any other PSU Master’s or Doctoral degree program and currently registered for classes,

  1. Follow the application instructions below. The department will need you to send only unofficial copies of your transcripts.
  2. Fill out one GO-19M or GO-19D, which can be found on the Graduate Studies forms webpage, for each certificate you wish to earn. Return them with the required signatures from your current department along with your other paper application materials to the ELP department secretary or admissions assistant in the ELP department office in ED 504.

If you are not currently admitted to any PSU Master’s or Doctoral degree program*, complete the following steps. 

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.

Apply for graduate admission to Portland State University

  • All applicants, regardless of which ELP program they are applying for, must fill out the application and pay the corresponding $65 fee.
  • Be sure to indicate the term you intend to take a course as your admission term. You must take a course the term you are admitted to the program or your admission will be automatically cancelled by the university Office of Admissions.**
    • If you have questions about the application process, please email

    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. However, since the program reviews applications continuously, students should apply as soon as possible even if they missed the original deadline.

      Quarter Priority Application Deadline
      Fall July 1
      Winter November 1
      Spring February 15
      Summer May 15

      After the application review is complete, departmental decisions will be mailed 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 second 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.

      PACE graduate certificate application check sheet

      Instructions concerning these documents and links to the forms are included in the online departmental application process. This check sheet is for your reference only.

      A complete application includes:

      • University Application and $65 fee
      • Unofficial transcripts are required for all institutions attended as part of the application process. Please upload copies of your unofficial transcripts into the appropriate section of the online application. Please review what constitutes an unofficial transcript.
        Note: Once admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment.
        Former PSU students do not need to submit transcripts that are already on file. Please use the PSU Transcript Request Form to notify the admissions team to pull your previous records. You will need to upload this completed form in lieu of uploading unofficial transcripts.
      • Current Resume
      • Personal Goal Statement

      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 or call 503-725-4633.

      *If you decide you want to be admitted to the PACE master’s or doctoral program, you will need to reapply for graduate admission, repay the $50 fee and also complete the application procedures specific to those programs.

      **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.