We’re currently offering up to $3,000 (MEd) & up to $6,000 (EdD) in scholarships.

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Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Concordia University-Portland is revitalizing educators worldwide through our fully online Master of Education and Doctorate of Education programs. We look for applicants who are eager to make an impact, refuse to settle for the status quo, and appreciate the value of lifelong learning.

For questions about cohort start dates, application criteria, funding opportunities, career outcomes, and more, connect with an enrollment specialist now. Rather just get started? Pencils down. Hand in your application. (It’s free and only takes a few minutes to complete.)

U.S. ADMISSIONS

If you share our belief that education can change the world, apply today.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Concordia’s MEd and EdD programs. Chat with an enrollment specialist for full details.

  • Completed online application

  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university with posted bachelor’s or master’s degree. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.

  • Work History Form

  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher*

  • Statement of Intent, 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process. Please respond to the following prompts individually, and number each response:

    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study 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)

    Note: Individual programs may have supplemental requirements, such as a character questionnaire form for Oregon and Washington residents (ask us for specifics).

    Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. After applying online, you may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) by one of the following methods:

  • Upload items through your online application account

  • Scan and email to: admissions@education.cu-portland.edu

  • Online Admission Office – Processing Center
    1721 W. Rio Salado Parkway
    Tempe, AZ 85281

  • Completed online application

  • Applicants must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in a master’s degree program from a regionally accredited institution

  • Official transcripts from your graduate degree-granting institution and any post-graduate coursework. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University−Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.

  • Current résumé including references (please explain your relationship with the references and include their contact information)

  • Letter of Intent, no more than two pages, citing evidence as to why you should be admitted to the doctoral program, including reasons why you chose Concordia University and illustrating your commitment to degree completion

    • Please state in your cover letter: I certify that I am the author of this paper and that any assistance I received in its preparation is fully acknowledged and disclosed in the paper. I have also cited any sources from which I used data, ideas, or words, either quoted directly or paraphrased.

  • Submit an example of original scholarly writing from graduate-level work that demonstrates your best scholarly writing. The sample should be approximately 10 pages with APA formatting and should be double-spaced.

  • An interview may be required upon request from the review committee

  • Note: Candidates for the Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation specialization will submit to the Director of Doctoral Studies a rationale that includes their purpose and goals, along with a selection of the six specialization courses to be taken.

    Please make sure your first and last names appear on all of your application materials. After applying online, you may submit your materials (preferably in one packet) by one of the following methods:

  • Upload items through your online application account

  • Scan and email to: admissions@education.cu-portland.edu

  • Online Admission Office – Processing Center
    1721 W. Rio Salado Parkway
    Tempe, AZ 85281

If You Don't Meet Certain Requirements:

Certain criteria and GPA requirements vary by program. Find out from an Enrollment Specialist now if you qualify for your program, or if you qualify for conditional admission, which may simply require additional materials.

If You’re Transferring In From Another University:

We want to help you get the most of out of the credits you’ve already earned. Connect with an enrollment specialist now to discuss the transfer credit policies specific to the MEd or EdD program that interests you.

My Enrollment Specialist was extremely helpful and one of the reasons why I signed up; she helped me figure out it was a good fit for me.

DENISE DEMPSEY,
MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Online Teaching & Learning

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Concordia accepts students from around the globe.

This criteria is for international students (anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who would like 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 and equivalent to a bachelor's or master's degree earned in the United States

  • Statement of Financial Guarantee

  • Your university or college transcripts will need to be evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation partner (see full list provided on this page)

  • 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

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.

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
E-mail: acei@acei1.com
Website: www.acei1.com
Phone: 310-275-3530 or 800-234-1597
Fax: 310-275-3528

AACRAO: Office of International
Education Services (OIES)

One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 520
Washington, D.C. 20036-1135
E-mail: oies@aacrao.org
Website: www.aacrao.org
Phone: 202-296-3359
Fax: 202-872-8857

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

P.O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
E-mail: eval@ece.org
Website: www.ece.org
Phone: 414-289-3400
Fax: 414-289-3411

Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS)

505 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020
E-mail: info@fis-web.com
Website: www.fis-web.com
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
Email: info@wes.org
Web: www.wes.org
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100

The professors were phenomenal. They were personable, understood we were humans with human issues, and worked with us.

JOY STRAUB,
MEd in Educational Leadership

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