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Master of Urban Studies (MUS) Admissions


If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, contact or by phone at (503) 725-4016.

If you are interested in learning more about the MUS program, please contact Dr. Karen Gibson, MUS Program Coordinator, at or by phone (503) 725-8265.

Applying to the MUS Program for Fall 2018

The deadline for applications to the MUS program is January 16th. While completed applications for the MUS degree are under review, new applications will be accepted through June 1 for Fall 2018. Applications submitted by the January 16th deadline are given priority for consideration for graduate research assistantships.

International Admissions

It takes longer to evaluate and process international materials.  For this reason, we strongly recommend that you submit your materials to us by December 1st

Applicants to the masters or doctoral programs must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses or must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate credits earned at accredited institutions. If admitted, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 24 of the 72 credits (quarter system).

Application Requirements

  • Transcript(s): A scanned copy of your official transcript (front and back) from each post-secondary education institution you've attended (this includes any study abroad), must be included in your application. If admitted, you will then be required to submit a sealed official transcript to the Office of Graduate Studies before you can register for your first term at PSU. Official transcripts should reach us by the beginning of May.  Registration for fall quarter typically opens towards the end of May. Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for complete instructions on submitting transcripts.
  •  Statement of Purpose: This is an important part of the evaluation process and should be no more than 1000 words. Visit our FAQ page for more detailed instructions.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background. It is recommended that the individuals chosen have supervised you in some capacity. Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application system. An e-mail request automatically will be sent to your letter writer once you have entered their details. Visit our FAQ page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Resume/CV: A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.
  • GRE Scores: GRE scores, taken within 5 years, are required. Please report your scores on the application. GRE scores should be sent to PSU using code 4610. You will also have an option to upload a copy of your GRE score into the online application system. Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (international applicants only): a TOEFL score of 550 or better, taken within the past two years.

International Applicants

Portland State University English Language Requirements
Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based -
550 213 Minimum overall score of 80; Minimum subscore of 18 in reading & writing Minimum overall score of 6.5; Minimum subscore of 6.5 in reading & writing


Funding Information

Financial Resources at TSUSP

Graduate Research Assistantships

Deferral Policy

 In certain cases, MUS students may defer their admission. Financial awards, however, cannot be deferred.