Concordia University-Portland encourages all interested, academically qualified students to apply for admission into the degree program of their choice.

If you have questions, please contact us for more information, and an Enrollment Specialist will walk you through the enrollment process.

If you’re ready, you can apply online now.

Common Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements for U.S. citizens or permanent residents are standard across all online degree programs:

  • Completed online application
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution (master’s degree for EdD programs)
  • Official transcripts are required from each degree-granting institution attended, as well as post-bachelor’s or master’s level transcripts (if applicable). If your program requires prerequisite courses, official transcripts verifying the successful completion will be required. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf
  • A Statement of Intent. Statement of Intent content requirements vary by program; please review the details needed for your specific program with your enrollment specialist
  • Current résumé

Standard admission is provided to students who meet all the admission requirements of the specific program to which they are applying.



The following items are also required for specific degree programs as indicated.
If you have questions, please contact us for more information.


Master of Education

  • Regular-acceptance applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Students can be conditionally accepted with a GPA below 2.8; however, you may be required to submit additional material
  • Your required Statement of Intent should be 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process and should:
    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your MEd at Concordia (approx. 75-100 words).
    • Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia's overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approx. 200-250 words).
    • Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge affecting P-12 educational settings. Provide an example. What action should educators take to address this challenge (approx. 200-250 words)?
  • Individual programs may have supplemental requirements, including but not necessarily limited to letters of recommendation. An Enrollment Specialist can discuss any other requirements or additional documents needed


Doctorate of Education

  • Applicants must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a master’s degree program or any post-master’s credit from a regionally accredited institution or institutions
  • The Statement of Intent should be formatted as a letter and should be addressed to the Director of Doctoral Studies. It should not exceed two pages and include 4 or so paragraphs speaking the following points:
    • Be sure to include the full program name, including specialization
    • Information about you that is not on your resume
    • What do you want to do with your doctorate (why do you want one, how is this going to help the community, etc.)?
    • Why did you choose Concordia to pursue your doctorate?
    • How do you plan to be successful (time management, support structure, ability to overcome the challenges inherent in a program of this nature, etc.)?
  • Your writing sample should be one paper of 8 to 12 pages in length, or two papers of 4 to 6 pages. title page, references or an abstract are not included in the page count. Writing samples should be literature review in nature. If you have questions or concerns regarding your accessible writing samples, please contact your enrollment specialist.
  • Your résumé, which includes 3 references, with the following information:
    • Name of reference
    • Position/job title
    • Phone number
    • Your relation to the reference (former supervisor, friend, colleague) and if they are associated with a particular organization from your resume
  • Unofficial transcripts which include the name of the school, your name, classes taken, GPA, and the date your degree was conferred
  • An interview will be required with your enrollment specialist


Concordia Portland accepts students from around the world. International students enrolled in an online program will not be issued an I-20 and will not be eligible to receive an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. International students (anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) will need to fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission into any of our online programs:

The same requirements as U.S. citizens/permanent residents, plus the following additions –

  • Proof of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree that is recognized by the Ministry of Education from that country
  • Your university or college transcripts will need to be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation partner (full list provided on this page)
  • Statement of Financial Guarantee
  • For applicants educated in a university or college where English is not the medium of instruction or where English is not the native language, official score results for the TOEFL or IELTS must be submitted. Any English test score older than two years will not be accepted. Score requirements vary by institution and program:

    Concordia University-Portland, MEd:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 80; paper-based score - 550
    IELTS: 6.5

    Concordia University-Portland, EdD:
    TOEFL: Internet-based score - 100; paper-based score - 600


An evaluation may be obtained from one of the following institutions. Please note that a "comprehensive" or "course by course" report is required.

  • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
    P.O. Box 6908
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310-275-3530 or 800-234-1597
    Fax: 310-275-3528
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
    P.O. Box 92970
    Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
    Phone: 414-289-3400
    Fax: 414-289-3411
  • Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)
    505 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
    Edmonds, WA 98020
    Phone: 425-248-2255
    Fax: 425-248-2262
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    Fax: 212-739-6100


Is the GRE or other test score required?

No. At this time, we do not require a GRE score.

How do I know if Concordia University-Portland offers quality online programs?

Concordia University-Portland’s online degree programs, including the Doctorate of Education degrees and Master of Education degrees, are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Affiliated with the Concordia University System, including 10 campuses located throughout the United States, Concordia University-Portland was founded more than 100 years ago and is regionally accredited by the NWCCU.

How do I register for classes?

As soon as an admission decision is made, your advisor will contact you to register for your first class. For late applicants, you may be enrolled immediately following admission to the university.

Can I afford a master’s or doctorate degree?

Concordia University-Portland offers numerous choices, such as school-based scholarships, grants and federal financial aid, monthly payments, and military benefits to those candidates who qualify. You might also qualify for a combination of options and other offers. We will provide you with an Enrollment Specialist who will discuss all your funding options and other questions you may have. Also, please check with your employer to see if tuition reimbursement is offered.

Should I wait to start my graduate degree?

It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is “no,” because your personal and professional life will go on whether or not you are in school. Receiving your graduate degree will need to be one of your many priorities – but it doesn’t need to be your only priority during your studies. Investing in yourself and your career is the best return on investment you can receive! We also help you get started by streamlining the admissions process for our online students.

May I apply to a Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?

Yes. Even though some of the graduate education programs of Concordia University-Portland require previous classroom experience, many MEd students are not working in a classroom at the time they apply.

I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?

Many first-time online students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed compared to traditional in-class learning; however, we’ve found that after the first two weeks, students are usually comfortable with online learning and enjoy its benefits and flexibility. Concordia University-Portland also offers outstanding student-focused support: you will have access to technical support and Student Services teams, and an Enrollment Specialist who will be with you until you graduate.

I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?

Yes, online instruction is provided in a user-friendly format, based on proven, reliable technology. You should have a basic comfort level with computers and will need to be familiar with the most commonly used web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. In addition, you should be open to learning how to use any new technologies that your instructor chooses to use in his/her course.

I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?

Every online degree program offered by Concordia University-Portland is designed for working professionals. The majority of students have an extremely busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is 15-20 hours (maximum of 27 hours) a week, which includes reading, posting on the Learning Management System, and normally submitting one assignment weekly.

Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below the program requirements?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, conditional admission may be provided to students who do not meet the GPA requirements; however, additional material and documentation will be required. GPA requirements vary by program. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss admission into your degree program of interest.

When do classes start?

Depending on the program to which you are applying, there are normally six or more starts per year. The sooner you start, the faster you can complete your master’s degree and reach your career goals.

How many students are in a course?

Online classes have between 6-18 students, with the average being about 15 students.

Do you offer monthly payment plans?

Yes. Some programs offer an automatic monthly payment plan to students who have a balance due on their student account that is not covered by financial aid. In order to avoid account delinquency, students choosing to utilize the payment plan must enroll in the plan before the first day of the term. The installment payments occur monthly during the length of the student’s academic term. A payment plan enrollment fee of $35.00 per term will be assessed. Payments can be made with any major credit card or E-Check. A 2.75% convenience fee will be charged to credit/debit card payments.



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