LSE Admissions

Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE)


University requirements

In order to be admitted to the program, students must be able to verify that they received their previous degree(s) from an accredited institution. Students must also be able to verify that they received a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for any undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

International students must have an official TOEFL score report sent directly to PSU Office of Admission from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Have the report mailed to: PSU, Office of Admissions and Records, PO Box 751, Portland, OR 97207

A Master of Arts differs from a Master of Science in that there is a second language proficiency requirement for Master of Arts degrees.


Students may enroll in courses prior to formal admission into the program. Pre-admission credits are defined as credits taken at any institution, including PSU before the term of formal admission.

Students may also transfer credit hours into the degree program subject to approval by the department. These credits are defined as credits earned at any institution other than Portland State University.

Students are limited to 15 credits of any combination of pre-admission and transfer credits to use towards their degree. Courses must not have been used towards any other degree. Courses with grades lower than a “B” and those graded as “Pass/No Pass” are not transferable into the program.


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 "Educational Leadership and Policy: LSE Specialization, MS" as your program of study.

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
  • Personal statement: A 500-1,000 word essay describing: 1) Your background, experience, and interest in Sustainability Education; 2) Your career goals and why you think the LSE program is appropriate for you; 3) How the LSE mission and guiding principles resonate with your goals; 4) What you hope to contribute to the LSE program.
  • Résumé
  • Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)

After the application review is complete, departmental decisions will be emailed to you from the Office of Admissions. Only after you are officially admitted will you be able to register for courses. The whole admission process may take a minimum of up to 4 weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.

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.

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Retention of Student Documents:

All application documents submitted to PSU become the property of the University and may not be copied or returned to a student. Transcripts from other institutions cannot be copied. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email

Equal opportunity

PSU supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall. A major goal of this department is to provide a diverse pool of qualified applicants for educational leadership and administrative positions in Oregon. African, Asian, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.