Admission – Graduate
Admission requirements for each graduate program at Concordia University are listed at: www.cu-portland.edu/admission/admission-requirements/graduate-students. The requirements may include but may not be limited to:
- Completing an online application
- Submitting confidential Letters of Recommendation
- Submitting official Transcripts
- Submitting a Letter of Intent
- Submitting a résumé
- Attending an interview
Priority Admission Application Deadlines
Admission to Concordia University graduate programs is competitive. While Concordia University has a rolling admission deadline for most graduate programs, applications submitted by the deadlines listed below are given priority for admission. Some programs may have different deadlines and policies regarding wait lists. Please contact the Office of Admission to confirm all deadlines.
|Fall Semester||June 1|
|Spring Semester||November 1|
|Summer Semester||March 1|
For most programs, students will be notified of the admission decision electronically or by mail within approximately two weeks after all necessary application documents for initial file review have been submitted. This timeline may change if there is a wait list for a specific program start. When acceptance is granted, the student will be required to submit the following:
MAT, MA PSY, MBA, MA TESOL Programs:
- A tuition deposit of $300 to confirm enrollment. The deposit is due 30 days after the financial aid award is received. However, students applying within a month of the start of the semester may be required to remit the deposit upon acceptance. The deposit is applied directly to the student’s tuition account and is non-refundable.
M.Ed., Certificate, Ed.D. Programs:
- An Intent to Enroll statement: Candidates must state in writing (email is acceptable) their desire to be enrolled in a specific program and the semester in which they intend to begin.
- Certificate of Immunization Form (required by Oregon State Law)*
- Health History Form*
Not required for students who are completing their entire program online.
Letter of Recommendation Policy
Letters of recommendation, if required for admission to the University, are guaranteed confidential and will not become a part of the student’s permanent record. After the admission decision is made, all letters of recommendation are shredded to comply with Concordia University policy. Students do not have access to their permanent file until they become an enrolled student at Concordia University.
Letter of Intent, Essay, Scholarly Writing Policy
Application materials submitted during the admissions process such as letters of intent, essays, and scholarly writing samples may be used by the University for accreditation purposes.
In addition to the stated Graduate Admission Requirements referred to above, the following criteria and process is applicable to graduate applicants who will enter the United States on an F-1 student visa:
- Transcripts: All official college transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be sent to a pre-approved transcript evaluation agency . It is the responsibility of the student to submit the required documents to the evaluation organization and request the report to be sent to Concordia's Office of Admission. Admission will be based on the University’s ability to equate the student’s academic records with that of U.S. grading standards. GPA does not transfer from international institutions into Concordia.
- English Proficiency: A score which is no more than two years old from one of the following:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirements:
- 80 – Internet-based (88 for MA PSY; 100 for Ed.D.)
- 213 – Computer-based
- 550 – Paper-based (575 for MA PSY; 600 for Ed.D.)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) minimum requirement: 6.5 (7.0 for MA PSY)
- MELICET (Michigan English Language Institute College Entrance Test) minimum requirement: 79 for MBA
- Concordia’s TOEFL code is 4079
- Other testing may be acceptable or an the English proficiency test score may be waived if a student attended their last two years of undergraduate schooling in the United States, Canada (English-speaking provinces), the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and/or South Africa. Students born in one of these countries, yet educated elsewhere, are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Contact the Assistant Director of International Admission for more information.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirements:
- Copies and Forms: Provide the following:
- An International Statement of Financial Guarantee form, completed by the student or student’s financial sponsor, and supporting bank statements, dated within 6 months of the program start date, showing that there are sufficient funds to pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses for one academic year.
- A copy of the picture and registration page of the passport1
- A completed the Certificate of Immunization form (required by Oregon state law). Students will not be allowed to attend classes until the form has been received by Health Services.
- A completed Health History Form.
- Proof of health and repatriation insurance (must be submitted before starting classes)
- For students transferring a visa from another school within the U.S. – a completed International Student Transfer Recommendation Form and copies of the student’s current I-20 and Visa.1
An I-20 will not be issued until all required items have been received by Concordia's Office of Admission, the student is admitted, and the deposit is received.
For students bringing dependents to the U.S., a copy of each dependent’s passport and proof of financial support must also be received.
International Graduate Admission Decision
Upon receipt of the above documents, the candidate for admission will be considered for acceptance. Upon acceptance to the University, a non-refundable deposit of 300 USD is required for enrollment confirmation. Upon registration, the fee will be applied to the student’s tuition account.
Note: Application materials submitted during the admissions process such as letters of intent, essays, and scholarly writing samples may be used for institutional assessment and accreditation purposes.
- ACT – 3458
- SAT – 4079
- TOEFL – 4079
Transfer of Credit
To students pursuing a graduate degree, the Office of Admissions awards transfer credit according to the guidelines discussed here. The Admission Office and the Registrar reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other institutions of higher education. In general, it is University policy to accept credits earned at institutions fully accredited by their regional accrediting association for colleges and universities, provided that such credits have been earned through university-level courses appropriate to the student’s degree program at Concordia University (CU).
Full time students at Concordia who wish to take a course at another institution, to be applied toward graduation at Concordia University, must consult with the student’s advisor, in coordination with the Office of the Registrar, before enrolling in such courses. If students do not receive such input, these courses may not apply to Concordia University graduation requirements.
The Registrar and the Department will evaluate transcripts of transfer students' degrees to determine acceptance or rejection of transfer courses into Concordia University’s graduate degree programs.
A graduate student’s transcripts of courses taken at other accredited institutions are assessed to determined acceptance or rejection of such transfer credits into Concordia University’s graduate programs. All courses requested for transfer to Concordia University must be no more than seven years old and be graduate level credit. Only final course grades of an A or B from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted for credit towards completion of a master's degree or program.
See specific program information for possible additional policies regarding transfer credits.
Re-Admission to Concordia University
- Graduate students who leave Concordia University in good academic standing may resume their studies in the following way:
- Students who wish to return within one academic year (twelve months) may contact the advising office to re-enroll and continue their previous academic roadmap.
- Students who have been absent for one academic year (twelve months) or more must complete the online application for admission, and will be subject to any changes in admission requirements, program requirements, and tuition increases. Institutional scholarships, Concordia Grants, and Concordia Merit Awards at the time of initial admission are subject to change upon re-admission. Students may need to submit additional, updated application materials as well. Speak with an admission counselor to determine what items must be submitted.
- Students who have been academically dismissed from the University and wish to resume their education should obtain instructions by contacting the Graduate Scholastic Standards Committee at: email@example.com. If a student is re-admitted, they will be placed on academic probation until they meet minimum GPA requirements for their program.
All students must submit official transcripts for any coursework taken at other institutions during their absence.
All students will be notified by electronically or in writing of their re-admission status.
Students who return to a program will need to work with an academic advisor and the Office of Financial Aid to determine when they can begin classes and finish their coursework. Term structures and financial aid policies will affect this timeline.
All previous course work at Concordia University remains part of the permanent record for students who have been re-admitted, and the cumulative GPA includes all prior grades.
Other Admission Processes
Students who do not wish to pursue a degree but are interested in taking courses must complete the online application as a non-matriculating student. Non-degree students must demonstrate sufficient academic qualifications and required degree level for the courses for which they wish to register and course prerequisites must be satisfied as stated in the catalog. No more than nine credits may be taken per term and undergraduate registration is through the Office of the Registrar (graduate registration is done in the Department). Once a student desires to pursue a degree, the full application process must be completed. Payment for courses is due at time of registration.
Students who have been admitted to Concordia University during the past academic year, but who have not enrolled and have not attended an academic institution since acceptance, may have their applications reactivated by submitting a written request to the Office of Admission. After one academic year from the initial application entry term has passed, students will need to reapply to the University and will be subject to any program requirement changes.
- Applicants may request to defer their application entry term one time only up to three semesters (including summer, fall, and spring) without being required to reapply.
- If an applicant previously submitted a free online application or had the fee waived by the admission counselor, they must pay an application fee with their new application, if required.
- MAT-E applicants may defer from a summer start date to the following year’s fall start date.
- Applicants who have requested deferment of their application entry term may, without reapplying, decide to begin classes at an earlier date (if they are admitted and if space is available). However, they may not again request to defer their application entry term without reapplying.
- Applicants deferring their entry term more than one time or past the allotted time frame are required to submit a new application, the current application fee, updated transcripts, and new documentation, if required. Please contact the Office of Admission for details on exceptions regarding new documentation, and prior acceptance and enrollment confirmation to the University.
- When an application entry term is deferred, transfer credits previously approved by the Registrar will need to be reevaluated. It is possible that a different GPA or program credit could be assessed in the new evaluation, due to the age of certain credits. Please contact the Registrar for details.
Applicants deferring their entry term to a new academic year will need to submit a new FAFSA for the correct academic year. Note, a standard academic year consist of three terms beginning in the Fall and finishing at the end of the following Summer. For programs not following the standard terms, contact the program director or the Office of Financial Aid for dates specific to your program.
Concordia's Office of Admission
Phone: 503-280-8501 or toll free at 1-800-321-9371
Mailing Address: 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211
Physical Location: Concordia House - First Floor
- Please be sure the first and last names of the applicant appear on all application materials.
- Concordia must receive ALL items from the applicant before the application will be considered for review, including transcripts.
- Materials may be submitted (preferably in one packet) using one of the following methods:
- Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to 503-280-8531
- Mail to:
Office of Admission
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211