Curriculum and Instruction Admissions

Curriculum and Instruction


Admissions criteria

To be considered for admissions in the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, candidates must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If your GPA is lower than 3.0, contact the pre-admissions advisor

This program admits every term so check the application deadline and choose your term in the application. If there are special circumstances that might require you to submit the application later than the deadline, please contact the admissions specialist, Mark Wallace, to discuss your options.

A Master of Science (MS) does not require foreign language competency.

Master of Arts(MA)  indicates competency in a foreign language. The Department of World Languages and Literature administers the required foreign language examination.


Use the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select College of Education as the College, and then Curriculum and Instruction, Masters or Curriculum and Instruction online masters program as your program of study.

  • The on campus program is not a cohort so you can apply and start taking your core courses and electives at any time.
  • The online program starts their core courses Fall term as a cohort. You may apply for admission for the online program for a different term, start by taking your elective courses, and then jump in with the new cohort Fall term and begin your core courses together online.

Application checklist

  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Graduate School in order to register for classes.
    • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
      • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
      • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    • Previous applicants:
      • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • Statement of purpose: Describe your career goals, professional experiences and/or accomplishments, and your reason for applying to the program.
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)

To validate your admission you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

If you have questions about the application process, contact

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