Concordia University-Portland Online

A private, faith-based institution, Concordia University was founded in 1905. Since it first opened its doors, it has continuously provided liberal arts education to undergraduate and graduate students alike. There are more than 20 fields of study in total, and undergraduates can choose from over 19 majors. The average class consists of 20 students, most of which receive financial aid. Concordia University offers classes online. The master’s of education degree, which Concordia began in 2005, was the first program that the university offered entirely online. Today, education students still have the option of completing their master’s degree online, and there are many specializations from which they can choose. Concordia will open a new law school in fall of 2012, thereby expanding its mission into further advanced studies.

Programs Offered

The fields of study open to students at Concordia are separated into four schools: the school of management; the college of education; the college of theology, arts, and sciences; and the college of health and human services. Concordia offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students. The master’s of education degree can be completed online, and there are a variety of specializations from which students can choose: administration; educational leadership; curriculum and instruction; special education; and TESL. Concordia also offers a master’s degree in career and technical education. There are a variety of clubs and organizations available to students as well, including literary arts journals, business clubs, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Portland’s Concordia University was first accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 1962. Since then, it has upheld the standards set in place by the accrediting agency, and has therefore remained recognized for its dedication to higher education.


Concordia University provides an online application. There are three deadlines for admission, corresponding with each term. Fall semester applicants must submit their applications in May, spring applicants must submit all materials by December, and summer applicants need to submit their materials by March. Prospective undergraduate students must submit high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, and an essay. Graduate students must have at least a bachelor’s degree, and must submit final transcripts from their previous schools to Concordia. Graduate students must also provide a statement of intent, two recommendation letters, and a resume or curricula vitae. Some professional or internship experience is preferred as well. Concordia does not list GPA or standardized test score requirements on its website; however, the higher those are, the more likely it is that you will be admitted into the university.

Admissions Contact

Concordia University – Portland Online
The Office of Admission
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97211-6099
(503) 280-8501

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