Applying to the Program

Applying to both Portland State University and the Conflict Resolution Graduate Program is a one step online process.

Applying to the Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution at PSU is now a fully online process that integrates both the application for admission at PSU and admission into the graduate program, via the ApplyWeb online application. This process allows the electronic submission of all components of the Conflict Resolution Program application, including

  • personal statement (prompt provided in the online application)
  • writing samples (maximum of two samples, one academic sample required, no format specified)
  • transcripts (from all insititutions where post-high school credit was awarded, click here for more information about transcript requirements. Note: we do not require official transcripts to be submitted during the application process).
  • language proficiency scores (click here for more information)
  • three letters of recommendation (two must be academic/professional)

Applicants are encouraged to consult the Office of Graduate Studies website to learn about University policies and procedures regarding application for graduate study at PSU, including minimum requirements, tuition and fee information, and special requirements (like English-language proficiency) for international students. If your first language is not English or if your primary and secondary education were completed in another language, the Admissions Office requires proof of English language proficiency.

To begin the application process, access the ApplyWeb application portal, and select "Create Your Account" to create a username and password. You can either complete and submit the application in one session, or save your work and continue it later. When filling out the form:

  • To save what you have done so far, click the Save button.
  • To save your work and exit to continue later, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit buttons.
  • If you receive a Data Validation Error, you have either skipped a required field or incorrectly entered required information. Look over the form for any fields marked with an error message such as "This is a required field."
  • To navigate through the form without submitting the required fields or data (to come back to these fields later), click the Postpone Data Validation button.
  • To access an application in progress and resume work on it, select Review Your Activity and click the Work on Form button.

Note: Once you submit a completed application, you cannot make any corrections, apart from editing information for letters of recommendation. Please verify all your entries before making your final submission. Need clarification about selecting the Master's of Arts or Master's of Science track? Click here for more information. 

If you have questions about the application, please contact the Conflict Resolution office, either by email at or by phoning +001 503-725-9175.