Portland State University

Portland State University Admissions and School Information

Portland State University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in such fields as social work, psychology, environmental science, computer science and chemistry.

General Information on Portland State University

Portland State University serves 20,515 undergraduate students and 6,072 graduate students each year. The school's 49-acre campus is located in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Founded in 1946, Portland State University continues to actively incorporate community and civic engagement into its curriculum. The university was granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Those interested in attending Portland State University may apply online or complete a paper application. Admission counselors are available to assist with the enrollment process; counselors are listed by state or region on the school's website. Official high school or college transcripts are required as well as any applicable test scores, such as SAT or GED scores.

Portland State University's Academic Departments

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the university's largest academic unit. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the natural and physical sciences, arts and letters, and the social sciences. The college also offers three pre-professional programs: pre-dental, pre-teacher education and pre-medical. Available degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Master of Science in Chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Psychology.

School of Extended Studies

This school offers nontraditional learning opportunities. Students may earn a bachelor's or master's degree by completing coursework during the evenings and weekends or online. Programs include certificate in early childhood education, B.S. in Social Science and B.A. in Liberal Studies.

Graduate School of Education

Portland State University students can choose from 50 graduate programs. Areas of study include curriculum and instruction, post secondary adult education, leadership, counseling, special education and administration. The school also offers licensure programs in administration, general education and special education.

School of Business Administration

Students may earn B.S. or B.A. degrees in Business Administration. Areas of specialization include supply and logistics management, human resource management, accounting, finance, management, marketing, information systems, real estate finance or advertising management. Graduate programs include a Master of Science in Financial Analysis, Master of International Management or Master of Business Administration. The School of Business Administration has accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an international accreditation agency.

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Program offerings include areas such as mechanical and materials engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and computer science. The college also offers an Oregon Master of Software Engineering degree and a distance-learning master's program for systems engineering.

College of Urban and Public Affairs

This college of comprised of three schools: government, urban planning and community health. Among its many program offerings, the Hatfield School of Government offers a B.A. in Political Science, B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. Students may pursue a bachelor's degree in community development, a master's degree in urban and regional planning, or a doctorate in regional science through the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. Programs offered by the School of Community Health include a B.A. in Health Studies, M.S. in Health Studies and Master of Public Health.

School of Fine and Performing Arts

Students may pursue undergraduate and graduates degrees through Portland State's School of Fine and Performing Arts. Areas of study include music, art, architecture and theater arts. Degree options include Bachelor of Arts in Film, Bachelor of Music in Voice, Master of Architecture and Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice.

School of Social Work

This school offers programs culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Master of Social Work or Ph.D. in Social Work and Research. The master's program can be completed through a combination of onsite and online learning. In addition to coursework, students must complete internships in or around Portland, OR.

Contact Information

  • Address: 724 S.W. Harrison, Portland, Oregon 97201
  • Phone Number: (503) 725-4433