Certificate Admission

Online Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate

Certificate Admissions

PSU students walking on the Park blocks

When you are admitted into Portland State University, you become part of a civic-oriented university that is a leader in collaborative governance. Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate students gain access to an extensive network of scholars and practitioners and other university resources.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate Program, applicants must meet Portland State University’s minimum graduate admission requirements, which include:

Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate students gain access to an extensive network of scholars and practitioners.

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or—if you have nine or more graduate credits—a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • English language proficiency if your undergraduate degree is not from the United States, Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

For a full description of requirements, see PSU’s Office of Graduate Studies minimum admissions requirements webpage.

Application Process

Certificate-Only Students

  • If you plan to complete the full certificate and are not currently a PSU master’s or doctoral student, do the following:
  • Apply for graduate admission through PSU's Graduate Admissions webpage. There is a $65 application fee.
  • As part of your application, you’ll submit the following additional materials that are required by our program:
    • One transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable when you apply; however, you will need to provide official transcripts if you are admitted to the university.)
    • A current professional resume.
    • A statement of intent or purpose (300−500 words) summarizing your work and educational background, identifying your objective in applying to this program, outlining your academic interests and career goals, and  describing the relevancy of the certificate to these goals.
    • Two letters of recommendation from references speaking to your potential for academic success in a graduate program and your experience and potential in the practice of collaborative governance.

PSU Master’s and Doctoral Degree Students Seeking the Certificate

If you are currently enrolled full- or part-time in a master’s or doctoral degree program at Portland State University, you may add the Collaborative Governance Graduate Certificate by submitting the GO-19 Request for Change of Program form available by contacting the PSU Graduate Studies program.

Taking Classes without Pursuing the Certificate

PSU graduate degree students can opt to register for one or more courses without pursuing the certificate. (These courses often meet your degree requirements—check with your advisor to be sure, and register at PSU’s registration webpage.) Non-students who have an undergraduate degree may also take individual courses without pursuing the certificate. To register for a course without pursuing the certificate, please contact cgcert@pdx.edu.

Application Deadlines

Below are the priority application deadlines for each term. After the priority deadline, applications will be accepted based on available space in the program.

    Fall: July 15
    Winter: October 15
    Spring: February 1
    Summer: April 15


For program information and student advising:

Kristen Wright
(503) 725-9078

For registration and admissions:

Public Administration Department, Main Office
T (503) 725-3921
F (503) 725-8250