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LSE Admissions

Application process

Applications are now open via the CollegeNet system! Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application: "Educational Leadership and Policy: LSE specialization, Masters."

See application requirements below for more information.

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the highest degree earned.

A complete application includes:

❑ Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required as part of the official application.  Transcripts should be sent to the Portland State University Graduate School of Education PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751. Electronic official transcripts should be emailed to

To complete your application to the Graduate School of Education (GSE), you are required to submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education that you have ever attended. This is true regardless of whether or not you earned a credential from that institution, or if those credits were transferred to another school. Please review the transcript requirements.

Transcripts are due by the application submission deadline. Applications without official transcripts submitted will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified from the review process or may not be reviewed in time for you to be admitted for your desired term. 

PSU graduates will have any former transcripts on file automatically pulled and uploaded to their current GSE application. You do not need to re-submit these transcripts. 

PSU Graduates DO need to submit official transcripts if:
You attended another institution after your enrollment at PSU
You completed any additional coursework not reflected in your previously submitted transcripts

❑ Current resume
❑ Personal goal 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.
❑ Two letters of reference (you will request these letters from within the application).


Application deadlines

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.

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.