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Application Requirements
Scholarship Opportunities
Additional International Student Requirements


MBA Application Requirements

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Laura Bald, Admissions Manager

 Portland State University is proud to be a member school for the Graduate Management Admission Council

  • Meet PSU minimum admission requirement
  • Professional resume
  • Unofficial transcripts/mark sheets from each college or university attended 
    • Note: If admitted, official transcripts will be required in order to register for classes. View frequently asked questions about transcripts.
  • Official score reports for either GMAT or GRE
  • Application essays (3)
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • Interview by the admissions committee
    • After an initial application review, selected candidates will be invited to an on-campus or virtual interview. This is a positive indicator of our interest in your application but does not guarantee admission.
  • $67 application fee

Essay Questions (250 words maximum per essay)

Essays are your time to let us know who you are beyond GPAs and test scores. Use this opportunity to provide us with a better understanding of your personal interest, unique background, and overall fit for our program.

  1. What aspects of The Portland MBA's curriculum do you find particularly compelling and why? 
  2. Our program values a cohort model where students complete all of their courses with the same group they were admitted with in order to increase engagement in the classroom and deepen professional relationships through the program. If admitted to our program, what unique skills and experiences will you be able to bring to your MBA cohort and our larger graduate business community?
  3. In what ways are you planning to leverage The Portland MBA for your career or educational goals?

    Additional International Student Requirements


    Application Deadlines for Fall 2019 Start

    Applications are reviewed in rounds based on the month they are completed. Completing your application by a specific Deadline Date guarantees you an admissions decision by the corresponding Decision Date*.
    Benefits of applying earlier in the application cycle:
    • Eligibility for a larger amount of admissions scholarships
    • More time to prepare for the start of term
    • Invitations to exclusive events for students

    *Decision dates are based on a complete application. All required materials must be submitted to begin the application review.

    Month Deadline Date DECISION DATE*
    October Round October 31, 2018 December 1, 2018
    November Round November 30, 2018 January 1, 2019
    December Round December 31, 2018 February 1, 2019
    January Round February 1, 2018 March 1, 2019
    PSU Scholarship Application Final Deadline & Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships Priority Deadline**
    February 1st
    February Round February 28, 2019 April 1, 2019
    March Round March 31, 2019 May 1, 2019
    April Round April 30, 2019 June 1, 2019

    Rolling Admissions begins May 1, 2019. After May 1st, admission may be granted if space is available. 
    If you are applying after May 1st, please contact the Graduate Business Programs office
    at or 503-725-8001 to discuss space availability

    **The PSU Scholarships are distributed by the university-wide scholarship system and are awarded separately from the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships, which can be awarded at the time of admission. It is important to note that our Admissions Team expects to award approximately 60-70% of the Graduate Business Admissions Scholarships to applicants who apply by the February 1st deadline.