Become a Post-Baccalaureate Business Student

Have you already completed a four-year bachelor's degree? Are you now pursuing a second degree or certificate in the School of Business? If so, you are a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) student.

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Start your post-bac business degree in six easy steps:

David Pagliarulo '10  CPA, Deloitte Earned highest score on the Oregon CPA exam in 2010

David Pagliarulo '10

CPA, Deloitte
Earned highest score on the Oregon CPA exam in 2010

Step 1: Research the Program

Visit the Academic Programs webpage for information about post-baccalaureate degree and certificate programs through the School of Business (SB).

Step 2: Apply to Portland State University (4-8 weeks)

Submit an Application for Post-baccalaureate Admission including sealed official transcripts, to the Office of Admissions. Be sure to mark “Undergraduate” on your application when asked to indicate the level of your courses.

Note: If you are too late applying to PSU to be formally admitted for an upcoming term, consider meeting with an admissions counselor in the PSU Welcome Center – ASRC 101 and submitting a PSU Non-Degree Application. Admission as a Non-Degree student allows you to take up to eight credits per term until you are formally admitted to PSU as a post-baccalaureate student.

Step 3: Contact Your Advisor for a Transcript Audit (1-2 weeks)

  • Once you are admitted to PSU and have a PSU ID#, you will need to contact your assigned advisor. Email your advisor with your PSU SID#, full name, and the major and program (degree or certificate) you are pursuing, and let them know that you are a newly admitted Post-Bac to PSU and would like your transcripts evaluated.
  • Your advisor will then request that your courses be entered into the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS). You may run a DARS approximately one to two weeks after you make this request to review how PSU has accepted your transfer credits. This process may take longer if your transcripts are from a school outside of the United States.
  • Run your DARS at
    • If a course is not accepted or applied to the PSU requirements as you had hoped you may need to submit a petition for transfer credit (PDF).

Step 4: Opt in to the SBA

After you are admitted to PSU, opt in to the School of Business in order to access 200, 300, and 400 level business courses at PSU.  

For detailed information on required courses for admission to the SBA and for your PB degree major/option, please refer to the PSU School of Business Advising Guide (PDF).

For detailed information on required courses for admission to the SBA and for your PB Accounting Certificate, please refer to the PBAC Advising Guide (PDF).

Step 5: Meet with an Academic Advisor (Schedule at least 2-4 weeks prior)

After requesting an evaluation of your transcripts, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss the following:

  • Requirements for a second degree or certificate in business
  • Petitions – if applicable
  • DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)
  • Academic and career planning

Step 6: Register for Courses (Approx. 6 weeks before the term begins)

  • The registration system checks for prerequisites. Since you may have completed the prerequisites at another school, the PSU system may give you a prerequisite error when you try to register.  To alleviate this problem, email your advisor prior to registration so they can complete a system override of the prerequisite that will allow you to register online on your registration day.
  • Registration dates:
    • If you've been admitted to PSU and have opted-in to the SBA, register on undergraduate post-baccalaureate day.
    • If you have not been admitted to PSU, register for 100 level business classes or required non-business courses such as economics or statistics on undergraduate post-baccalaureate day. You will be able to register for 200/300/400 level business classes once you have opted-in to the SBA.