Applying to a graduate program (master's, doctoral, or graduate certificate) at Portland State University can be done in two easy steps:

Individual program requirements in addition to the university's minimum requirements may apply. Make sure to review the program specific  application deadlines, procedures and requirements. 


Submit your Graduate Application online! A non-refundable $65 application fee and $2 processing fee will be required to successfully complete the application. Payment can be made via VISA or MasterCard.

    Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:

    • Copies of your transcripts from each post-secondary institution (community college, college and/or university) attended
    • Proof of English Language Proficiency through the submission of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exam scores (for applicants who have not earned a degree from a qualifying institution)

    Depending on the individual graduate program that you are applying for, additional department requirements may include:

    • Personal essay or statement of purpose
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
    • Resume
    • Writing samples
    • Portfolio

    International applicants must also submit:

    Once your application has been submitted, visit your student portal for the latest updates on your application status.