Basic Admission Requirements for Postbaccalaureate Applicants

Postbaccalaureate Admission

Admission for postbaccalaureate applicants is determined by the department, not by the Office of Admissions.

If you are interested in pursuing Postbaccalaureate coursework please consult the major department before applying for admission. 

Degree Seeking Postbaccalaureate

Students who would like to earn a subsequent undergraduate degree from OSU may apply for degree seeking Postbaccalaureate admission through the Office of Admissions. Applicants for consideration must submit an admission application along with official transcripts of all college work by the application deadline. Generally, applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • 2.25 accumulated GPA requirements. The GPA is computed on the first baccalaureate degree plus any subsequent credit earned.
  • Complete College Algebra and English Composition with a C- or better
  • Submit Statement of Objectives of 150 to 200 words with their application
  • Provide official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Academic departments may impose additional requirements
  • Nonrefundable $65.00 application fee*

Please note that academic performance is not the sole criterion for admission to the university. The university may evaluate a person's behavior and background to determine their ability to maintain the standards of academic and professional conduct expected at the university.

You cannot earn a Postbaccalaureate degree in the same field in which you earned your original degree.

*Applicants wishing to be considered for admission to multiple programs must submit a new application and fee for each program.

Additional Credentials

Students who want to earn a subsequent credential or certificate from OSU may apply using the Postbaccalaureate Admission Application, and should clarify their educational goals in the Statement of Objectives. Students must complete the current requirements for the credential or certificate and receive the dean's approval. Students must also achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and complete a minimum of 15 credits in residence at OSU. A nonrefundable $65.00 admission application fee is charged. Students pursuing an additional credential or certificate will be categorized as Non-degree Credentials at OSU and not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

Credential Classifications

  • Minor Credential: Additional minor earned after undergraduate work is completed. Baccalaureate work can be completed at OSU or another institution. Students that previously completed a Baccalaureate degree from Oregon State or another college cannot enter the same degree program as the degree program they graduated as an undergraduate.
  • Major Credential:  Additional major earned after undergraduate work is completed at OSU.  Major credential must be completed within the same degree program.
  • Option Credential:  Additional option earned after undergraduate work is completed at OSU.  Option credential must be completed within the same degree and major program.
  • Certificate:  A structured progression of courses that constitute a coherent body of study with a defined focus within a single discipline or a logical combination of disciplines. Undergraduate certificates can be earned at by students with a prior bachelor’s degree, either at OSU or at another regionally accredited college or university, or as a credential seeking graduate or undergraduate in conjunction with an OSU degree. The Certificate requirements and pre-requisites are defined at the college level.

International Applicants

International applicants should also refer to the admissions procedures for undergraduate/graduate international students for deadlines, test score requirements, and additional information.