Concordia University-Portland: Online

Concordia University Online is a four-year private, not-for-profit, Christian college. Its Portland, Oregon location offers associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, doctorate degrees, and postgraduate certificates. Prospective graduate students can find online, hybrid, and on-campus options. In fall 2016, the student to faculty ratio at Concordia University, Portland was 17 to 1, enabling students to have more close-knit connections and interactions with teachers and classmates.v

Consistent with its Christian roots and the school’s devotion to serving communities, some of the school’s most popular programs are in education. The Concordia School of Education offers programs in the science of teaching, curriculum and instruction, TESOL, secondary education, education administration, and teaching specific subjects such as math and history, all of which engage students in opportunities to be of service.

The Concordia University System

Concordia University has locations throughout the United States. In addition to Concordia, Portland, there are campuses in:  

  • Alabama
  • New York
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Nebraska Minnesota
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

For students who want to study predominately online but prefer to take some courses on campus, any of these locations could be an option. Or, should you begin your hybrid studies in the Concordia University Oregon location and need to move later, these campuses could enable you to stay in the system.

Concordia University’s Mission

Concordia University prompts students to “ask,” “explore,” and “learn” with an intention to use their talents to serve the world. Concordia University values curiosity and asks its students to apply knowledge, think independently, think critically, and honor cultural diversity and differences. The focus at Concordia University is the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.i

Consistent with its Lutheran roots, the school provides an environment grounded in the love of Christ and supportive of students’ discovery of God’s calling and their truest passions. The hope for Concordia University is that students will use their education to contribute to and serve their communities.i

Luther’s Commitments

Luther was a professor and friar, and his religious beliefs and principles serve as Concordia University’s spine. Some of those theories and commitments that shape the school’s practices include:i

  1. Teaching students how to question
  2. Teaching students to embrace science and learn how to leverage technology for good
  3. Helping students discover their unique gifts from God and how to use them to serve others
  4. Offering a rigorous education to all

The primary commitment of the school is to help students explore the mysteries of life and mind and to give their gifts to the world.i

Concordia University Online

Concordia University Online offers several degrees entirely online through its College of Education:vi

  • The Master of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction
  • The Master of Education in Career and Technical Education
  • The Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.)

And through its School of Management:

  • The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Many of Concordia University’s online programs offer accelerated options that enable students to earn their master’s degrees in one, one-and-a-half, or two years. The amount of time it takes to earn the Doctorate of Education online depends on students’ specializations and whether or not they take courses concurrently.

The majority of graduate students at Concordia University Portland, 81 percent, were enrolled entirely in online education. Two percent were enrolled in at least some online education and 17 percent were enrolled entirely in on-campus programming.v

Concordia University online tuition is the same for online students as it is for on-campus students (though fees may differ).

Concordia University Majors

During the 2015-2016 school year, Concordia University Portland conferred 254 bachelor’s degrees, 3,473 master’s degrees, 41 doctorate degrees, and six postgraduate certificates.

Of the students earning master’s degrees that year, the large majority, 2,305 students, did so in Curriculum and Instruction. After that, the most commonly earned degrees that year were in:v

  • Educational Leadership and Administration (557 degrees conferred)
  • Special Education and Teaching (189 degrees conferred)
  • Elementary Education and Teaching (93 degrees conferred)
  • Business Administration and Management (86 degrees conferred)
  • Secondary Education and Teaching (75 degrees conferred)
  • Technical Teacher Education (70 degrees conferred)

With the exception of the degree programs in Elementary and Secondary Education and Teaching, all of the above-mentioned degrees were offered through entirely online or hybrid programming.

The most commonly earned degree at the doctorate level in 2015-2016 was in Law. This program was not offered online at Concordia University that year.v

The few students who earned postgraduate certificates during the 2015-2016 school year did so in Educational Leadership and Administration and Special Education and Teaching. Postgraduate certificates can enhance or specialize an existing master’s degree or help prospective students assess whether or not they want to study a particular subject.v  

Enrollment at Concordia University

In fall 2016, Concordia University had 5,455 total students. Of those students, 1,197 were undergraduate students and 4,258 were graduate students.

Of the graduate students, 83 percent attended classes part-time and 17 percent attended classes full-time.v

Admissions to Concordia University

For admission to Concordia University’s graduate program, students must consult the requirements of their particular program. However, there are some general admissions requirements for all programs. Across the board, applicants must submit:

  • An online application
  • Transcripts from previously attended schools
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A statement of intent
  • A resume
  • Test scores (when required by the program)
  • In most cases, evidence of a 2.8 GPA or higher from the applicant’s undergraduate school

In addition, applicants may have to interview with a graduate program director.

Concordia University Tuition

Based on the graduate tuition rate in the 2017-2018 school, tuition for an entire degrees was as follows:ii 

  • The Master of Education (based on a 34-credit program): $17,840-$23,698 
  • The Masters of Arts in Teaching (based on a 39-credit program): $21,102-$27,190
  • The Master of Business Administration: $26,316-$35,720
  • The Master of Arts in International Development and Service: $54,400-$59,900
  • The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: $15,600-$18,110
  • The Master of Arts in Psychology: Community Psychology: $19,680-$25,640
  • The Doctorate of Education (based on a 59-credit program): $34, 644-$40,720
  • The Juris Doctor: $975 per credit-hour

Added to these costs could be additional technology and students fees as well as costs for books and materials. Keep in mind that inflation will likely increase the costs of tuition each year.

Concordia University Portland tuition is the same of online, on-campus, and hybrid students.

Concordia University Accreditation

Concordia University has institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It has specialized accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

In addition, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission has approved Concordia Portland’s teacher education programs, and Concordia’s School of Management belongs to the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and is a candidate for accreditation.iii

Concordia University Portland Ranking

Teacher.org ranked Concordia University’s M.Ed. in Administration program among the top 10 in the nation in 2016. Of the Concordia University masters programs online, this program was its second most popular.iv

Find Options at Concordia University, Portland, Oregon

Of the many Portland, Oregon colleges and universities, Concordia University is one that offers a Christian-based, graduate-level online education in areas of education and business. If you want to study through a hybrid format, enabling you to take courses online and on-campus, you may find additional subject options.

Explore our site to find degree programs that best fit your goals. Good luck!


i cu-portland.edu/about/why-lutheran-education | ii cu-portland.edu/admission/tuition-fees/graduate-tuition | iii cu-portland.edu/accreditation-approval-licensure | iv cu-portland.edu/news/concordia-university-portland-ranked-top-10-us-education-leadership-teacherorg | v nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=208488 | vi cu-portland.edu/academics/online-undergrad-graduate-degrees

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