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Admissions Process


We have implemented a single online graduate application. Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:

  • Copies of your transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency through the submission of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exam scores (for applicants whose first language is not English)

In addition to the above requirements, our department requires:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores (not to be more than 2 years old at time of application)

International applicants must also submit:

Once your departmental application requirements are complete you will receive an email from the ECE Department letting you know this component of the admission process is complete, and indicating an approximate processing time. When both the PSU and ECE requirements are complete, and the application deadline has passed, the ECE Department will evaluate all application materials. For selected applicants, an ECE departmental recommendation for admission letter will be emailed to PSU Admissions and to the applicant. PSU Admissions will then review all application materials. If all is in order, PSU Admissions will send a formal letter to the applicant and generate an I-20, if needed.

Deadlines for applying to the masters program:

  • Fall (September start) - February 1 
  • Winter (January start) - September 1
  • Due to the sequence of classes, we generally do not admit students to our masters program for Spring or Summer

Deadlines for applying to the PhD program:

  • Fall (September start) - March 1
  • Winter (January start) - September 1 (prior year)
  • Spring (March start) - November 1 (prior year)
  • Summer (June start) - February 1

All materials, for both the PSU application and the ECE departmental application, must be received by these deadlines. Applications that are not complete by the deadline, will not be considered. Admissions are selective.

The Graduate Coordinator tries to answer all questions and inquiries within one business day. If you haven't heard back in a day or so, please be patient and don't send multiple emails. Please send one inquiry to Sending the same message to several email addresses slows down processing.

Frequently-Asked Questions for Graduate Applications

What is your GRE score cutoff?

Because all applicants are unique, we have no specific cutoff or minimum. It depends on your other qualifications.
Scores are not accepted if more than 2 years old at time of application.

What is your TOEFL/IELTS score cutoff? (International students)

We adhere to PSU standards. If your English language score is not passing, we will contact you to ask you whether you are willing to be considered for conditional admission. Remember, English language scores are taken into consideration when the Graduate Director makes admission decisions.

What's the GPA requirement?

By PSU standards, all incoming students must have a 2.5 GPA for conditional admission and a 2.75 GPA for regular admission. We normally expect students to have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

If a student has earned nine graduate credits or more, a 3.0 graduate GPA is required. The graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA in that case.

Can you accept my application, even though it's after the deadline?

Unfortunately, we cannot. If you are a local student who wishes to start your program, please discuss your options with Dr. Hall. 

Do you accept applications for Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer?

PSU works on a quarter system. Fall normally starts in late September, Winter starts in January, Spring starts in March, and Summer starts in June.

Prospective masters students should apply for Fall or Winter. The ECE Department will not admit masters students for Spring and Summer quarters; please contact the Graduate Coordinator with questions.

Ph.D. applicants can apply for any term, but must have a complete application by the aforementioned deadlines.

Will I be admitted with my profile?

We cannot predict whether you would be admitted. 

What's my application status?

You will receive an update on your application whenever we have one for you. If you haven't heard from us, you can assume that your application status is the same as the last time you were contacted.

Do not email or call to request an update on your application status.

How can I check my application status online?

You can check your letters of recommendation online.

Have you recieved my GRE/TOEFL score?

It takes about two weeks for scores to arrive after being reported. Please plan to report your scores with plenty of time to arrive before the deadline.

We will confirm the completeness of your application when it is processed. We cannot confirm receipt of scores before that time. Please plan to apply early.

How do I apply for financial aid?

There are several forms of financial aid.

For information on financial aid for domestic students, please contact PSU's Financial Aid office.

Scholarships are available for international and domestic students.

Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships are rarely given at the time of admission.

When will I get my I-20?

International Admissions will process the I-20 for international students after admission. The ECE Department has no involvement in the I-20 processing, so please direct any questions regarding this to

How do I get my PSU ID number?

Your PSU ID number will be provided by Graduate Admissions after you apply and pay the application fee.

What do I need to mail to the ECE Department?

Nothing! The application for ECE is all done online. When you apply to PSU through the Admissions Office, they do need official documents. Please do not mail materials for the ECE application to PSU Admissions or any other office.

If you need to submit GRE scores, they should be submitted directly through ETS to University Code 4610, Department Code 1201 or 1203.

How can I submit my resume or SOP?

We do not review non-required items for MS students. Please do not send or submit them.

Is my file complete? The deadline is coming up!

Please be patient and wait to be updated. We want your application to be complete before the deadline, so we must work in the most efficient way possible.