Preparing to apply


All programs use our online application system, called CollegeNet. By submitting a single application in our system you will be considered for admission by your program as well as at Portland State University. This web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. There is a $65 application fee plus a $2 processing fee due at the time of submission. You may start your application for free.


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 Office of Graduate Admissions 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:
Graduate Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751 (OGS)
Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
Electronic official transcripts should be sent to

Additional program requirements

Each program requires different supplemental materials which may include:

  • Personal essay or statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Vitae
  • Field Experience relevant to the field you are seeking to enter
  • Prerequisite courses  

To determine which materials are required for your program, click  'Get Started' beside the program name below.

PSU Minimum admissions requirements

To be admitted to PSU for a graduate certificate, masters or doctoral program, applicants must satisfy University requirements and be accepted by the academic department in which the graduate study will occur. Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. Learn more.

International applicants

Learn more about international admission requirements  and English language proficiency on the Graduate School website

Application deadlines

Use the chart below to find the application deadline for your program. 

View application deadlines by department