12 months
683 USD/credit 30735 USD/year
683 USD/credit 30735 USD/year
456 USD/credit 20520 USD/year
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In today's increasingly complex world, the Systems Science program from Portland State University prepares you to understand and address high-impact problems that have proven resistant to traditional problem-solving methods.

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Systems ideas and methods support innovative approaches to areas as diverse as climate and environmental science, urban studies, energy, transportation, education, public health, management, finance, national security, and engineering. These ideas and methods also promote creativity and productivity in the full range of intellectual pursuits taken up in academia.

In the Systems Science program from Portland State University , you will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, learn a rich set of concepts, theories, and methods for understanding complex systems, and enhance your research, decision-making, and leadership abilities.

We offer the only Systems Science program in the State of Oregon, and our alumni have gone on to successful careers in industry, government, nonprofits, and academia, with positions ranging from analysts and senior leadership to professors.


In industry, government, and public service, and academia, demand exists for professionals who are broadly educated, skilled at modern methods of decision-making and design, and capable of understanding and managing complex social and technical systems.

PSU's Systems Science graduate program prepares you for a career in any of these types of organizations by encompassing both theory- and applied-based aspects of the systems field. You'll graduate with the critical thinking and modeling skills that are sought after by employers and essential to being able to address local, regional and global needs.

Graduates of our program are prepared to work in a number of jobs, including:

  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Public utilities specialist
  • Operations manager
  • Systems planner or manager
  • And many other types of positions

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Holistic Strategies for Problem Solving
  • Systems Thinking for Business
  • Sustainable Systems and Organizational Resilience
  • Data Mining with Information Theory
  • Systems Philosophy
  • Network Science
  • Game Theory
  • Artificial Life

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30735 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    30735 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    20520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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