New Beginnings: Reboot Your Career


Complete the prerequisites to enter PSU's Computer Science  masters degree program in only nine months!


Many computing professionals bring a background in another field to their work. New Beginnings is designed to prepare high-achieving post-baccalaureate students with diverse educational backgrounds for graduate study in Computer Science.

New Beginnings uses a cohort-based, integrative, immersive format.  It is a full-time program that combines lecture and laboratory work, and requires students to be on campus five days a week.  Upon successful completion of New Beginnings, students will begin their graduate program with PSU in Computer Science.

To begin the application process please submit an inquiry.  A graduate advisor will touch base to provide more information and admissions support. 

Applications for the 2019-20 cohort will open in 2019.


Admission to New Beginnings is competitive with the following minimum qualifications:
  • GRE scores are required. The minimum for acceptance is a quantitative GRE score in the 70th percentile or above, and a verbal GRE score in the 50th percentile or above. (For more information, visit
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Additional preferred qualifications: 
  • At least one year of mathematics beyond pre-calculus (Calculus, Linear Algebra, etc.)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher
No prior programming experience is expected. 

Students who successfully complete the program are accepted into Portland State's Computer Science M.S. program. 

No Application Fee!

There is no cost to apply for New Beginnings. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to pay PSU application fees.  Admission to New Beginnings does not grant you formal admission to the University.

Want to learn more?

Visit FAQs for New Beginnings, or contact and an adviser will be in touch to help you determine if this program, or another post-baccalaureate opportunity is right for you. 

If you are in the Portland-area you can also attend one of our monthly post-baccalaureate information sessions

Be sure to check out our New Beginnings Alumni profiles and our social media to see where this program can take you.