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Applications are now open! We’ve simplified our process - by submitting a single application in our College Net application system you will be considered for admission by your program as well as at Portland State University. This new web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application: "Special Education: Visually Impaired Masters" for Special Education: Visually Impaired Learner.

See application requirements below for more information.

Before applying to our program you must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a least 3.00
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework and tests (TVI)

Application checklist

❒ Program specific application
❑ 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

❒ Personal statement (writing prompt provided within application)
❒ Resume
❒ Two recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)
❒ Prerequisites courses
❒ Apply for scholarships
❒ Apply for FAFSA

If you have questions about the application process, please email