How to apply using the Standard Application

Application Timeline
The committee reviews completed applications and makes admission decisions on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  We will continue to accept applications until we are full.

For the Master of Science in Marketing Analytics program, the priority application date is March 31. After that, admission is based on a rolling basis.

International students should apply at least 2 months prior to the start term.

Application Process
Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs.  All official transcripts must be submitted to GradCAS, not PLU.

Follow the steps below to submit your application. If you have questions, contact the Admission Application Counselor.


Use a single online application and set of materials to apply to multiple master’s and graduate certificate programs.

  1. Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox).
  2. Select your desired program.
  3. Complete all required application questions.

(Visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center for questions about the application portal)


  • Identify two references, either academic or professional.
  • Your references will receive an email from GradCAS to complete the reference electronically.
  • You can send them the Recommendation Form which may be submitted in place of a letter of recommendation.


  • Upload your resume via the application portal that includes your:
    • Employment history
    • Significant academic, professional and community achievements
    • Honors and awards

Personal Statement

  • Upload your statement via the application portal.
  • The statement should be 300-400 words, divided into 2 sections addressing the following:
    1. Your educational and professional goals
    2. Your quantitative training and/or skills that make you a good fit for this program.

Application Fee

Pay the nonrefundable $55 application processing fee.

(Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials Solutions, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. GradCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select GradCAS.
  • Include your full GradCAS ID number when entering the GradCAS mailing address.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

GRE or GMAT Scores

GRE or GMAT is no longer required for admission consideration. It is optional to submit the test scores in order to strengthen the application.  If you have taken the test, have scores sent to PLU directly from the testing agency. Our institution code is 4597. Worried about the cost of the exam? We have a limited number of GMAT fee waivers.

In addition to the above listed application requirements, international students must provide:

  • Degree certificate – For completed study, upload a clear and legible copy of your degree certificate via the application portal. Do not send your original document.
  • English translation is required if your documents are not issued in English, precise and word-for-word translations are required. Your documents can be translated by your institution, a certified translation agency such as University Language Services, or any other professional translation service. Upload a clear and legible copy of your translations via the online application portal.
  • Proof of English proficiency
    (See details for the Proficiency in the English Language requirement for graduate admission)

    • Minimum TOEFL-iBT of 83 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL or IELTS may be waived for students who graduate from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university with a bachelor’s degree.
    • Students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission are encouraged to join the University community through the International Pathway Program (IPP).
    • TOEFL scores must be mailed to PLU directly from the testing institution.
    • We can accept a copy of an IELTS score report as we can verify with the testing agency.

The Master of Science in Marketing Analytics is offered as either a fully online program or a hybrid program that will hold some courses on campus. While international students in the hybrid program will be eligible for a F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States as well as OPT benefits, students in the online program will not be eligible.

The Master of Business Administration is offered on campus, international students are eligible for for a F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.

Admitted international students must complete the following steps in order to receive an I-20:

  • Pay the enrollment deposit
  • Submit a Passport picture page
  • Submit the Declaration of Finance form and Proof of financial support dated within 12 months. English translation is required if the documents are not issued in English.

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal and recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.