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Bridge Program

If you received your undergraduate degree from outside the U.S. and hold a  3 year undergraduate degree, you may be eligible  for admission into Portland State University's Graduate Business Programs through the PSU Bridge Program. 

What is the Bridge Program?

The Bridge Program offers incoming international students holding a 3 year undergraduate degree a pathway for admission into a Graduate Business Program. This program requires incoming students to take 26 General Education credits and 16 graduate business program credits at PSU before the Bridge Program condition is removed. Once you have completed all 42 required pre-admissions credits of the bridge program, you will be fully admitted as a Graduate Business student at PSU. It is important to note that completion of the bridge program does not result in a Bachelor’s degree at Portland State University, it does however allow you to be fully eligible for graduate program admission.

How does this program work?

Students wishing to participate in the bridge program must first complete all the steps in the Admissions Process & Requirements and apply for admission to one of the following programs: MBA, MIM, MSFA, MRED or MS GSCM. Once your complete application is received and you have been recommended for admission, the Graduate Business Programs admissions team will assist you with setting up your pre-admission path into the bridge program.

The Path to the Bridge Program Includes:

  1. Bridge Program students are admitted with the condition they complete the bridge program before starting their graduate degree
  2. Students will then complete 26 General Education undergraduate credits and 16 graduate credits of their graduate business program.
  3. General Education classes include:
    • Writing 121 (4 credits)
    • Communications 220 (4 credits)
    • Math 105 (4 credits)
      Based on an applicant’s transcripts, some of the General Educations credits may be waived.  The Office of International Admissions will decide if the above mentioned classes can be waived. If waived, the student will be notified and their schedule will be altered accordingly. 
  4. After successful completion of all 42 credits, the pre-admission requirements are officially completed and bridge program students will have their "conditional admission" removed. These students will then become regular graduate students at PSU.

When are applications due?

Students admitted to the Bridge Program will need to arrive two or three terms early to ensure enough time for completion of the 26 General Education credit requirements. Students should plan to apply for admission to PSU's graduate Business Programs at least 5 months prior to the start of the quarter by using the following guidelines:

Application & Enrollment Timeline

Application Deadline

Bridge Program StartS

 Graduate Program StartS

May 1, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

July 1, 2014

Winter 2015

Fall 2015

November 1, 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2015
February 1, 2015
Summer 2015 Fall 2016

What is the cost of the PSU Bridge Program?

Students enrolling in the Bridge Program classes estimated tuition and fees per quarter will be as follows:


12 Credits

14 Credits

Tuition per quarter



University Fees



TOTAL $6,800