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Important Application Information

Portland State University requires that the applicant send two applications, one to the PSU Admission's Office and one directly to the Division of Public Administration. Materials sent to one office will not be forwarded to the other. Questions about the admission process or about the status of an individual application should be directed to

*Note: If you are planning to apply to the Masters of Public Health: Health Management and Policy program, please click here. If you are applying to the Masters of Public Administration or Masters of Public Administration: Health Administration, remain on this page.

Application I: PSU Admissions Office

  • The University Application for Graduate Admission
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee (no cash)
  • One official transcript, in its unopened envelope, from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • Measles Vaccine Form

These materials should be submitted through the PSU's Online Application.


Application II : Division of Public Administration

  • The Division Application
  • A 500 word statement of intent. The statement should address the following: 1) Professional goals; 2) Planned area of study and field of specialization; 3) Desired employment sector; 4) How the degree (MPA, MPA:HA) furthers achievement of your professional goals
  • Three recommendation letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities. Preferably, two of the three letters should be from former instructors or from individuals with knowledge of your professional performance and potential.
  • A copy, official or unofficial, of all transcripts
  • A current resume
  • The scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.
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If you have already submitted any materials for your application in hardcopy, please do not try to submit the rest online. We can only accept complete online applications, or complete hardcopy applications. Please see the Forms page for the materials.


All documents submitted become property of PSU and cannot be copied or released. Omission of any required document(s) will result in serious delay in evaluation of your application. Applications will not be evaluated until your file is complete.