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Postbaccalaureate: How & When to Apply

Admission Requirements

Students who have earned a regionally accredited bachelor's degree or the equivalent will apply to Portland State as a postbaccalaureate. You must submit an official transcript with the bachelor's degree posted from the institution granting your first undergraduate degree.

  • Postbaccalaureate (undergraduate): Postbaccalaureate students may be seeking a second bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate.
  • Postbaccalaureate (other): Postbaccalaureate students may be taking undergraduate or graduate level courses in preparation for admission to a future advanced degree. Postbaccalaureate students are not yet admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to contact a graduate adviser for information about transferring postbaccalaureate credit hours to a graduate degree program.

    A candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must complete the following:

    1. Residence credit after earning first degree: If the first degree was from Portland State University, 36 additional credits must be taken at Portland State. If the first degree was from another accredited college or university, 45 credits must be taken at Portland State. Restriction: At least 25 of the 45 credits must be for differentiated grades (A-F).
    2. Requirements for degree: if second degree sought is different type (i.e., B.A. versus. B.S.) then student must also complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Music. Please consult an academic adviser or current University Bulletin for the specific degree requirements.
    3. Requirements for the major: Courses taken as a postbaccalaureate student or as part of the first degree program count toward the major. Students do not need to meet the general education requirement, however they must complete the minimum number of credits in residence at Portland State that are required.

    Postbaccalaureate students who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English must satisfy the Writing 323 requirements before graduation from Portland State University.

    Transfer evaluations are not done automatically for postbaccalaureate students seeking a second degree.These students should work with an academic adviser in their major area of study to request an evaluation of eligible transfer work from their first degree.

    How to Apply

    1. Go to Portland State University's online application system and create a login and password. (Remember to write down your info so you can access your application later.)

    2. Select POST-BAC as your student type from the drop down menu.

    3. With your application you must submit a non-refundable $50 application fee; you will be required to pay this via Visa or MasterCard. A $2 processing fee will apply. If you are eligible for the PSU fee deferral as an undergraduate, you will be able to choose this option for payment.

    4. Submit official transcripts in the original sealed envelopes from school where bachelor's degree was earned.
      • Mail Submission: Portland State University; Office of Undergraduate Admissions; PO Box 751; Portland OR 97207-0751 
      • Electronic Submission: Transcripts must be submitted electronically via Parchment or sent directly from a school official to


    Application Deadlines & Important Dates

    Portland State University accepts applications for each term on a rolling admissions basis. Please note that the following dates are priority filing dates only. Applications will still be accepted after these dates. Once all documents have been received, please allow four to six weeks for an admissions decision. Students applying for financial aid should apply as early as possible. Priority is given to applicants who have submitted complete files by the following dates.

    Fall (September start) November 1
    Winter (January start) October 1
    Spring (March start) December 1
    Summer (June start) February 1

    There are a limited number of undergraduate programs that require an additional application for students wishing to enroll in restricted upper-division coursework. Please consult your academic adviser for information on application deadlines, prerequisite courses, and grade point average restrictions. Examples of restricted programs are engineering and child and family studies.