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PACE Master's Degree - 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: PACE specialization, Masters" for ELP: PACE MA/MS

See application requirements below for more information.

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 unless you are currently enrolled in a Portland State Master’s or Doctorate program.* 
  • Online Graduate Admission applications can be accessed here. You can pay the $65 application fee with a credit card through the website.
  • 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

Enrolling in a PSU graduate program incurs a one-time matriculation fee of $325. If you are a former PSU student, you will not be charged the matriculation fee.


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 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.


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 
❑ Official transcripts (from every accredited institution ever attended, including community colleges)
❑ Current resume
❑ Personal goal statement
❑ Two letters of reference (you will request these letters from within the application).

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 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:

**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.