Graduate programs

Admissions and Application Requirements

The entire application process can take up to 12 weeks, so it is best to apply early, taking care to ensure everything is completed properly. An admissions coordinator will contact you with a confirmation once your application is received at the Graduate Business Programs Office.

Applying to the Graduate Business Programs at Portland State University is a two-step process which involves applying to both Portland State University’s Office of Admissions and the Graduate Business Programs Office.

Dates for Fall Admission

Application and all supporting documents:

  • November 1—Early Admission Decisions
  • February 1—Scholarship Deadline
  • May 1—Priority Admission
  • August 1— Space Available Admission

Dates for Spring Admission

Currently, the only graduate business program that admits in the Spring is the part-time MRED program. Applications and all supporting documents:

  • February 1 – Spring MRED deadline

Admission to the Graduate Business Programs program is competitive, based on an applicant’s ability to meet a range of application criteria. To be admitted to this program the student must complete the following:

  1. A four year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or its equivalent, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. Typically, students with a GPA less than 2.5 will need to complete 9 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher

  2. A competitive GMAT or GRE score

  3. A current resume

  4. Two letters of recommendation

  5. Essay of Intent

  6. Interview (MBA and The Healthcare MBA)

  7. English proficiency: All graduate students, including resident aliens and citizens, whose first language is not English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to enrollment in academic classes. See the University policy:

Pathway Programs:


The Accounting Bachelors plus Master of Science in Financial Analysis Pathway Program allows undergraduate business students majoring in accounting at Portland State to pursue their master's degree in a more seamless and cost effective manner. To be admitted to this program the student must complete the following:

  • Admitted to the School of Business Administration at a Junior standing or higher

  • Completion of at least 12 credit hours of upper division (300/400) accounting courses, with 8 of the 12credits being ACTG 381 and 382

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher

  • Upper division Accounting courses GPA of 3.4 or higher

  • ACTG+MSFA Pathway application

  • Two professional/academic references

  • Resume

  • Essay