What is the supplemental evaluation for international students?

Our admissions committee works hard each year to admit students who will enrich classroom conversation and increase learning opportunities. Strong work history, managerial experience, non-traditional undergraduate study and distinct personal backgrounds are some indicators that our committee evaluates, but another area of importance is international citizenship.

Between 30 – 40% of our full-time MBA students come from across the globe — including India, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. They share their cultural traditions, business customs and individual experiences within our cohort structure. We know that a diversity of perspectives increases the value of our curriculum and enhances the overall graduate business experience at Portland State.

Because educational systems vary greatly across regions and countries, the application process for our international students has an additional component that must be completed — the supplemental evaluation. During this process, our Office of International Affairs will confirm that your degree is equivalent to a US 4-year bachelor’s degree and that your GPA meets the university’s minimum requirements.

Additionally, our Office of International Affairs confirms the fulfillment of the English Language Proficiency requirements of our university based on the following:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score report
  • Bachelor’s degree transcripts/marksheets in original language and in English
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • Master’s degree transcripts/marksheets in original language and in English (if applicable)
  • Master’s degree certificate (if applicable)

Once received by our office, your file will be moved to complete (as long as all other required materials have been processed), and you will be notified that your application is being forwarded for review by our committee.

While we don’t have separate application deadlines for international students, it’s important to note that the supplemental evaluation process can take additional time. You can expect a final admissions decision or invitation for an interview 5-9 weeks from the date of a complete application.

If you need any assistance while our Office of International Affairs completes the supplemental evaluation, you can always reach out to our office at SBGradInfo@pdx.edu or 503-725-8001.


Abby Messenger is a recruiting specialist at Portland State University. You can connect with Abby via e-mail at a.g.messenger@pdx.edu or via phone at 503-725-2291.



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