Curriculum and Instruction


Admissions criteria

To be considered for admissions in the MS/MA in Curriculum and Instruction, candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 OR
  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (a minimum of 9 credits)

A Master of Science does not require foreign language competency.
Master of Arts indicates competency in a foreign language. The Department of World Languages and Literature administers the required foreign language examination.


The online program is a cohort model that starts every fall term where students proceed as a group through the core courses. This means that you will take the 30 credits of core courses (starting in fall term) as a group at a set pace over 2 years. The 15 credits of electives may be done before, during, or after the core courses but must be approved by the faculty advisor.

  • Online fast track option: take 2 classes per term and complete your core courses in one year.


The on-campus program application is year-round for any term.


First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then your program of study:

  • Curriculum and Instruction, Masters
  • Curriculum and Instruction - Online, Masters

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • 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)
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Apply for FAFSA

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 there are special circumstances that might require you to submit the application later than the preferred deadline, please contact the admissions specialist, Mark Wallace, to discuss your options.

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