Portland State University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(3.77 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 105 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 26,627 (21,071 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 52% part-time, 48% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $15,816 in-state; $23,160 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

I am a GTA in the German Department at Portland State University. This program has given me the opportunity to work with the wonderful and supportive Faculty and Staff in the World Languages and Literatures Department at Portland State University. The German graduate program is a unique program that supports individual learning and teaching experience for future employment opportunities. The professors each have unique input in my graduate education and are available to assist in the writing process of my thesis. I have valued this opportunity and have heard similar feedback from other German graduate students.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

Portland State is a fantastic school -- affordable, diverse and motivated to change the school!
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of this program are the supportive and knowledgeable professors. The cons are that some professors accept less that high quality writing from their students, which sets a lower standard for them to achieve by.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Good school, but downtown environment is not as safe as it could be.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

Safety score is only because it is a metropolitan college and recently female safety has been an issue, but the college is working on improving the situation. PSU is located in downtown Portland Oregon exactly dead center between skiing in the mountains or enjoying the beach it has great public transportation so having to live on campus is not necessary. Teachers in my MSW program are excellent.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The counseling program at Portland State has changed my view of the importance of a school counselor. I have learned more than I even imagined even though its hard work and keeps me very busy. We need qualified counselors in our school districts to be effective and supportive to our kids in the surrounding communities. Our kids are in trouble and sometimes our counselors are the only ones with the opportunity to give a helping hand
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

Great professors and great learning environment!
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2013

There are several difficulties currently with this program. First, although they have an applied track there is currently no established program for completing this track. This means current students are left to figure things out on their own, working harder than necessary to help develop this program. This also means students in the applied track have limited support from the staff (many who are not comfortable with applied work), and limited access to career support. Finally, these students are not given the same opportunities as others (like those in archaeology and environmental anthropology) - there are no research or funding opportunities provided and students are left to fend for themselves.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

Extremely supportive teachers create an atmosphere of respect for all students. Focus on self-reflection and critical thinking.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall, I have had a good experience at PSU, but I wish that nonprofit management was able to branch out into its own program.
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