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Graduate Certificate Admissions

To apply for admission to the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning in pursuit of a Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and ManagementGraduate Certificate in Real Estate Development, Graduate Certificate in Transportation, or Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, follow the steps listed below:

If you are applying to begin in the Fall 2015 term, please see the instructions at the bottom of this page. 

Applying to a USP Graduate Certificate Program

Applicants intending to start a graduate certificate program in the Winter 2016 term or later can apply using PSU's new online application. Please note that there are no application deadlines—applicants can apply at any time.


Prerequisites for Graduate Certificate Admission

Candidates for our post-baccalaureate certificate programs must have a Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Backgrounds may include planning, civil & environmental engineering, business administration, geography, mathematics, statistics, economics, political science, computer science, and other liberal arts and sciences majors.

Please note: We will be moving to CollegeNet for application processes, ETA to be determined. While we diligently work on getting this in place, please apply using hardcopy application materials as detailed below. 


International Applicants










minimum overall score of 80*: minimum subscore of 18* in reading & writing

6.5* overall;

minimum 6.5* on reading & writing


 Application Process for Fall 2015 Start Only

If applying to the FAll 2015 term, you will need to submit 2 applications: 1 to PSU and 1 to the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning.

PSU Admissions: Process 1 Requirements


TSUSP Departmental Graduate Certificate Admissions: Process 2 Requirements

  • Complete the Graduate Certificate Program Application. (Check the CRTGR box.)
  • A $65 non-refundable application fee (may be paid online with application submission or mailed to University Admissions Office; do not send cash);
  • One official transcript, in a sealed envelope, from each post-secondary education institution you've attended. 
  • Note: If you are already admitted to a Master's or Ph.D. degree program at Portland State University and currently registered for coursework, you can use the GO-19M or GO-19D form to request addition of the Graduate Certificate Program.



  • Apply: Departmental Graduate Certificate Application for Admissions.
  • Transcript(s): copies of your transcripts from each post-secondary education institution you've attended (this includes any study abroad)
  • Statement of Purpose: one page maximum
  • Resume/CV: A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.


Sending transcripts by USPS, use
mailing address:

Office of Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751-ADM
Portland, OR 97207-0751



Sending application materials by USPS. Use mailing address:


Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning

Portland State University
P.O. Box 751-USP
Portland, OR 97207-0751


Sending by UPS or FedEx, please use physical address:

Office of Admissions
105 Neuberger Hall
724 SW Harrison St.
Portland, OR 97201



Sending application materials by UPS or FedEx, please use physical address:

College of Urban and Public Affairs
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning
506 SW Mill Street, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97201

(Office Location: Room 350, Urban Center Building) 





If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, contact: or by phone at (503) 725-4045.

For more information about Toulan School Graduate Certificate Programs, please contact the program director:
Dr. Connie Ozawa, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning,, 503-725-5126.