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How to Apply

Step 1: Read about the university's minimum admission requirements and the application process on the Office of Graduate Studies website .

From this site, applicants will be able to:

Step 2: Know when to apply

IMPORTANT: If you are also applying for a graduate teaching assistantship, then the online program application is due by February 1st for the following academic year for all graduate degrees except the PhD in Mathematics Education which is due by January 10th. You will be asked to indicate in the online program application whether you are interested in a graduate teaching assistantship. Certificate programs are ineligible for a graduate teaching assistantship.

Graduate programs in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics currently offer rolling admissions. Applications for winter and spring terms are accepted up to two months before the start of the term.  If you plan on applying for summer or fall terms, we suggest you submit your application by May 31st to ensure it can be evaluated in a timely manner.

Starting academic year 2017-2018, the PhD in Mathematical Sciences will only admit for the fall term with an application deadline of  March 24th (if not also applying for a graduae teaching assistantship). Also starting in academic year 2017-2018, the PhD in Mathematics Education will only admit for fall term with an appilcation deadline of January 10th. 

Step 3: Gather the materials you will need to upload when applying

When completing the online graduate application, you will be asked for program specific supplementary materials in addition to uploaded copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. We must see uploads for ALL schools attended - even if the credits earned were transferred to another school at a later date. Please make sure you upload the grading key for all schools. The grading key is typically found on the back side of each page of the official transcripts. 

Here are the optional and required supplementary materials by program:

Master of Sciences/Master of Arts in Mathematics (MTH)
Master of Science in Statistics (STAT)
Master of Science in Mathematics for Teachers (MS-MTCH)
Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences (MTHS)
Ph.D. in Mathematics Education (MTED)
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Mathematics Teachers (GCMS)
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (GCAS)

Step 4: Apply!

If you experience any difficulties while applying, you can consult the ApplyWeb help manual or email the Office of Graduate Studies at askogs@pdx.edu.

Step 5: Monitor your email and your application checklist

If materials are needed for your application, you will receive an email noting what is missing. You can also be proactive by monitoring your application "checklist".  To view the checklist, simply log back into your account and choose "Manage Your Account". Through "View Checklist", you will have the opportunity to replace or upload any needed materials.  From "Manage Your Account", you can also use the "Action" drop down menu to send your recommenders reminders if they still have not submitted their letters or change/edit your recommenders.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact Graduate Program Administrator Kathie Leck at 503-725-8244, leck@pdx.edu.

If you have questions about one of our graduate programs, contact the Program Director for your program of interest.

Master of Science/Master of Arts in Mathematics

  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation is required only if applying for a graduate teaching assistantship. These letters should come from a professional or academic author who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential.  You will need to enter the name and email address for each author before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for providing a letter of recommendation. You can see the status of each letter by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.  If you are not applying for a graduate teaching assistantship then you do not have to submit recommendation letters for this graduate program.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.S. / M.A. in Mathematics.

Master of Science in Statistics

  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation. These should come from a professional or academic author who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential.  You will need to enter the name and email address for each author before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for providing a letter of recommendation. You can see the status of each letter by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.
  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.S. in Statistics.

Master of Science in Mathematics for Teachers

  • A short statement about your reason for pursuing an MS MTCH degree, including your professional goals. You will be asked to upload your statement in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation. These should come from a professional or academic author who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential.  You will need to enter the name and email address for each author before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for providing a letter of recommendation. You can see the status of each letter by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.
  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the M.S. in Mathematics for Teachers.

Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences

  • An allied area statement explaining your background in an allied area.  The allied area statement is very important since the program is designed around the principle that the student should be sufficiently proficient in an allied discipline to effectively interact with scientists in that field. The student will be expected to take graduate level courses in an allied area. For this purpose the applicant is expected to have some minimal background at the undergraduate level. You will be asked to upload your allied area statement in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation. These should come from a professional or academic author who can comment on your potential for graduate study.  You will need to enter the name and email address for each author before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for providing a letter of recommendation. You can see the status of each letter by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.
  • General and Math Subject GRE scores. PLEASE NOTE:  This requirement may be waived under special circumstances by the Program Coordinator.  Please check the box to request to have this requirement waived. You will be asked to enter your general and math subject test scores and upload a copy of your score report, if they are available to you at the time you complete your application, in one of the following supported file types: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF.     

Important: All applicants for the Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences program are required to send in their official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General and Math Subject Test score report via ETS using the PSU institution code 4610 and major code 0703.  Review the ETS web site for how to have general test scores sent: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/send/  and subject test scores sent: http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/scores/send/.

  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Ph.D. in Mathematics Education

  • A professional portfolio that includes:  (a.) one page statement of your experience in teaching or tutoring mathematics at the school or college level, (b.) a written statement that includes personal and professional goals in mathematics education, philosophy of teaching and learning mathematics, and reasons for applying to this Ph.D. program in mathematics education, and (c.) a sample of previous work that demonstrates potential for creative and independent work necessary to success in the Ph.D. Mathematics Education program.  You will be asked to upload your professional portfolio in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. These letters should come from a professional or academic author qualified to comment on your previous experience in mathematics education and potential for success in the Ph.D. Mathematics Education program.  At least one of these letters should comment on your teaching experience.  You will need to enter the name and email address for each author before selecting the “Submit Recommendation Request” button. Once selected, the recommender will be sent instructions for providing a letter of recommendation. You can see the status of each letter by going to the online application system and selecting the link titled “Review Your Activity”.
  • General GRE scores. You will be asked to enter your general GRE test scores and upload a copy of your score report, if they are available to you at the time you complete your application, in one of the following supported file types: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF.

Important: All applicants for the Ph.D. in Mathematics Education program are required to send in their official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score report via ETS using the PSU institution code 4610 and major code 0703.  Review the ETS web site for how to have general test scores sent: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores/send/.

  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Mathematics Teachers

  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers.

Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Statistics

  • Optional additional material in the form of a C.V. or resume may be uploaded in one of the following supported file types: PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, or TXT.

Important: GRE scores are not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Statistics.