Apply to Grad School

Apply to graduate school

Change doesn’t come from just anywhere. It comes from within.

And at Portland State University, it’s here for everybody. We stand out among graduate schools in Oregon with more than 100 master’s degrees, 48 graduate certificates, and 20 doctoral offerings. 

Challenge yourself to take the next step in your education and career.


What you'll need to apply

Congratulations on taking the first step to earning your graduate degree at Portland State. Check individual program requirements of the graduate program you’re interested in. Review the program’s deadlines, procedures and requirements in addition to our minimum admissions requirements.

University admissions requirements:

Additional department requirements may include:

  • Personal essay or statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
  • Resume
  • Writing samples
  • Portfolio

International students

Review Portland State's minimum requirements

University Requirements

To be admitted to PSU for a graduate certificate, masters or doctoral program, applicants must satisfy University requirements and be accepted by the academic department in which the graduate study will occur. Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. prior to matriculating into a graduate program.

Admitted students must meet the university's minimum English language proficiency requirements in order to enroll in graduate courses.

The Graduate School reserves the right to request official or updated transcripts at any time.

Regular Admission

To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.74 or the equivalent are eligible for University Conditional status. After completing 9 letter-graded graduate credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, students with University Conditional status will automatically be given Regular status.

United States 4.0 Grading Scale

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and student performance is evaluated based on the following grades:

Grade Undergraduate Graduate
A Excellent Excellent
B Good Satisfactory
C Satisfactory Below standards
D Inferior Failure (no credit)
F Failure Failure

Grade point averages are calculated based on the following values for each grade:

A: 4.0 A-: 3.67  
B+: 3.33 B: 3.0 B-: 2.67
C+: 2.33 C: 2.0 C-: 1.67
D+: 1.33 D: 1.0 D-: 0.67
F: 0.0    

Departmental Requirements

A department may have additional admission requirements based on previous academic achievement, scores on Graduate Record Examinations or other tests, letters of recommendation, a portfolio, or an autobiographical statement. Information regarding departmental requirements can only be obtained directly from the specific department. Admission is selective and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The number of students admitted to a particular program is limited to the resources available.

Special Approval Request

In cases when a student does not meet minimum University admission requirements, departments may choose to submit a Request for Special Approval to Graduate Admissions. This process may only be initiated by a department.

Fee waivers

Request a fee waiver

A non-refundable $65 application fee and $2 processing fee is required to successfully complete the Portland State University graduate application. 

Qualifying graduate applicants must submit a request for a fee waiver with required documentation while filling out their graduate application. Fee waiver requests should be submitted prior to the completion of the application and at least two weeks before the application deadline for processing. If approved, a waiver will be applied to the application and you will be emailed to complete your graduate application for submission.

Unlimited Application Fee Waivers Include:

Applicant Type Required Documentation Waiver
Currently enrolled PSU graduate students (adding/changing programs) PSU ID Number $27 Fee instead of $67
Applicants who have already submitted a PSU graduate admission application and paid the $65 fee for the same academic school year (fall - summer) CollegeNET Login Name $27 Fee instead of $67
PSU-benefits eligible Faculty and Staff  PSU ID Number $0 Fee
Participant in the McNair Scholars Program, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, TRIO, Project 1000, or Gates Millennium Scholars program  Signed letter from the program director verifying participation $0 Fee
Participant in Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or Teach for America A signed letter from program director verifying the applicant's participation within the past year from application date $0 Fee 
U.S. armed services active member, reservist, or veteran Copy of current orders or DD-214 (with SSN redacted) $0 Fee

A limited number of application fee waivers are available on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible under the following category:

Limited Application Fee Waivers Include:
Application Type Required Documentation Waiver
Current recipients of unemployment benefits OR State of Oregon or U.S. Public Assistance (SNAP, TANF, Oregon Health Plan, Medicaid) Unemployment benefits statement dated within the previous three months or a signed and dated statement from caseworker verifying receipt of benefits within the previous three months $0 Fee
Currently enrolled undergraduate student with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $5,234 or less toward tuition for the current academic year A letter or FAFSA from a representative at the institution where the applicant is currently enrolled as a student indicating the EFC. Alternately, applicants may submit a copy of Part One of Student Aid Report (SAR) from the institution they are currently attending $0 Fee

Start your application

If you are ready to start your graduate application, login or create a new account in the application portal. Use this same link to access an existing application and to check your admission status.