Master’s Plus Initial Administrator Licensure (M+IAL)


Before applying to our program, applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the highest degree earned.
  • Possess a current Oregon (or Washington) teaching or personnel service license
  • Have three years of successful licensed teaching or personnel service experience (five years teaching experience including at least two years in teacher leadership roles required for the Leading for Learning cohort)

Enrollment in each cohort is limited. The earlier you apply, the better your chance of being admitted to the cohort of your choice.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all application materials are received by the department! Faculty will review applications only after all application materials have been received. Departmental decisions will be emailed to you and are subject to final approval by the university Office of Admissions. You will be notified of your official admission status via email from the Graduate School. After you are officially admitted you will be able to register for courses. The whole admission process may take a minimum of up to four weeks to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Tuition and fees

The cost for the program follows graduate tuition fees. These fees do not include the cost for any required course reading materials. You may wish to review information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs. This program is eligible for financial aid.


First, check the application deadline for your program. To apply, create an account or sign into the Portland State University Admissions Application system. When prompted for the program, select "College of Education" as the College, and then "Educational Leadership and Policy: Initial Administrator License IAL, MS and License" as your program of study.

Application checklist

  • Program-specific application
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted by the College of Education for the program application. You must submit transcripts for all institutions previously attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree or not. If admitted, you must send official transcripts to the Graduate School in order to register for classes.
    • Acceptable unofficial transcripts are:
      • Web-based transcripts downloaded from an institution: institution and student name must be visible on transcripts
      • Photocopies of official transcripts: these must include the front and back of all pages, including transcript key
    • Previous applicants:
      • If you’ve previously submitted official transcripts to PSU, you are still required to upload unofficial transcripts to complete your application.
  • After you are admitted, you must submit official transcripts to:
    • The Graduate School
      Portland State University
      PO Box 751
      Portland, OR 97207 - 0751
      Electronic official transcripts should be sent to
  • Personal statement (writing prompt provided within application)
  • Résumé
  • Three recommendation forms (forms are provided within application)
  • Copy of teaching or personnel service license
  • Designation of Mentor form

To validate your admission you must take a course during the term in which you have requested to be admitted. Should you not take a course in that term, your application will be cancelled and you will need to reapply.

Questions about the application process?

If you have questions about the application process, contact
Learn about available scholarships and financial aid.

Retention of Student Documents

All application documents submitted to PSU become the property of the University and may not be copied or returned to a student. Transcripts from other institutions cannot be copied. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email

Equal Opportunity

PSU supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion and sexual orientation. This policy implements state and federal law (including Title IX), and inquiries about it should be directed to the Affirmative Action Office, 122 Cramer Hall. A major goal of this department is to provide a diverse pool of qualified applicants for educational leadership and administrative positions in Oregon. African, Asian, Native Americans, Hispanics, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.