What you need to know to finance your graduate business degree

You’re ready to pursue a graduate business degree, but you need to know how to finance it. Whether you are applying for the upcoming fall term or a future admissions cycle, we want to make sure you have all the important information to set yourself up for success.

There are so many ways to finance your graduate business education, including Portland State University assistantships and scholarships, external scholarships and grants and employer tuition assistance.

Internal Assistance

When you apply, there are in-application essay questions that will get you automatically considered for both general Portland State scholarships and those specific to the Business school. There are also program-specific scholarships available.

In addition to scholarships, there are opportunities for graduate assistantships in The School of Business and in other departments. Many students also find on-campus work through Portland State’s internal job posting site, Handshake.

Employer Tuition Assistance
Many of our students are able to utilize an employer tuition assistance program to pay for a certain number of credits or up to a certain amount per year of the program. If you want to learn more, check in with your employer or a recruiter.

The Scholarship Timeline

February 1: The application deadline to be considered for graduate business and PSU general scholarships.

April – May: School of Business scholarship applicants will be notified about which scholarships they have been awarded.

February – July: PSU general scholarship applicants will be notified about which scholarships they have been awarded.

What Alumni Have to Say

“Being awarded a graduate assistantship and merit scholarships were an important part of my choice to attend Portland State. The financial leeway and peace of mind provided by the stipend and tuition remission have allowed me to focus more fully on school and internship opportunities, and will give more freedom in weighing career options after graduation.”

—Max Bielenberg

“My GA position was very helpful. Not only did the stipend and tuition reduction ease the financial burden of graduate school, but my faculty supervisor offered interesting projects that augmented my learning in courses like accounting and finance.”

—Cal Gosla

To learn more, and for important updates, go to our page dedicated program funding.


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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