Portland State University Online

Portland State University Online, with near about 28,000 students, 213 degree programs and 3868 employees, is an internationally recognized urban university known for excellence in student learning, innovative research, and community engagement that contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Portland region and beyond.

With more than 121,000 alumni living around in the world, faculty`s research increased 32 percent and with a motto of “Let Knowledge Serve the City” , Portland State University is devoted to the well being of humanity and education of students since they day it was found. The University recognizes and encourages diversity among faculty, staff and students as a significant asset - diversity is vital to the life of the institution and to the educational knowledge of students.


In June, 1946, the university was established as Vanport Extension Center to fulfill the demand of higher education of returning World War II veterans.  First time classes were held in a Junior High School, teaching 221 students. After facing many difficulties, at last in 1969 the institution was granted the status of university by the Oregon State System of Higher. With the passage of time, the university developed and flourished in it`s field and now has become the leading universities in States possessing a challenging and successful history.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Portland State University is to enhance the intellectual, social, professional, cultural and economic qualities of student lives by providing access throughout the life span to a quality liberal education for undergraduates and an appropriate array of professional and skillful graduate programs especially relevant to metropolitan areas and beyond. The University conducts research and community service that support a high quality educational environment and reflect issues important to the specific region and other parts of the world. It actively promotes the development of a network of educational institutions to serve the community in a better way.

Colleges and Schools:

  • Portland State University`s academic programs are organized into seven major academic units:
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Portland State University School of Business
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Fine and Performing Arts
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Urban and Public Affairs – focusing on various aspects of Urban and Public Affairs:
    • School of Community Health
    • Mark O. Hatfield school of Government
    • Nohad A. Toulan school of Urban Studies and Planning

Portland State University – Overview:

With 27972 undergraduate and graduate students, 213 Degree programs and 3868 highly skilled professional employees, Portland State University has been providing high quality education to its loyal students throughout it`s history. The university offers several courses at undergraduate and graduate level through its seven campuses accredited by Higher Education Authority of US.

Portland State University – Online:

Understanding the needs of modern world, Portland University has expanded it`s educational methods and now emerge resources of World Wide Web. The changed methodologies of education have turned the world into a global village. Now with this online education, University is capable to teach more people throughout the world with it`s online educational campus.

Programs and Majors:

The University offers following majors:

1) Undergraduate
  • Online Bachelor`s of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
2) Graduate
  • Master`s  in Business Administration (eMBA)
  • Master of Social Work Distance Option
  • Master`s of Science in Systems Engineering
  • Master`s of Software Engineering (OMSE)
3) Certificate Programs and Endorsement
  • E-Learning Systems Certificate
  • ReadOregon (formerly CREADE)
  • Infant toddler Mental Health , A Relationship –based Approach
  • Educational Media/Librarianship
  • Systems Engineering Short Courses, Seminars, and Certificates
4) Independent Study
  • Independent Study Online Courses for College
  • Independent Study Online Courses for High School

Quote of the Day

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts"
(C. S. Lewis)