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Graduate Admissions Requirements

The departmental application is page three of the PDF version of the University Application for Graduate Admissions.

Application Priority Deadlines

IMPORTANT: If you are also applying for a graduate teaching assistantship, then the university and departmental program applications are 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.  Certificate programs are ineligible for a graduate teaching assistantship.

Graduate programs in the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics offer rolling admissions and follow the same priority application deadlines as the university. Please note that the following dates are priority filing dates only. Applications will still be accepted after these dates.
Fall Term: April 1
Winter Term: September 1
Spring Term: November 1
Summer Session: February 1

International applicants with F-1 or J-1 Visas have earlier recommended filing dates in some cases:
Fall Term: March 1
Winter Term: July 1
Spring Term: November 1
Summer Term: February 1

Graduate Programs Application Information

When applying to a graduate program, one must submit two separate application packets – one to the Office of Admissions, and one to the Mathematics & Statistics Department (or to the Systems Science Department if applying to the Ph.D. in Systems Science/Mathematics). Please refer to the University Application for Graduate Admission to determine what is needed for the Office of Admissions packet (read the included information CAREFULLY). Applying online to the university still requires sending a 2nd packet to the Mathematics and Statistics Department.

See below for departmental application requirements: 

For MA/MS Mathematics applicants, please include:
  1. Departmental Graduate Admission Application.
  2. Official transcript from each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.
For MS Statistics applicants, please include:
  1. Departmental Graduate Admission Application.
  2. Official transcript from each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.
  3. Two recommendation letters.
For MAT/MST applicants, please include:
  1. Departmental Graduate Admission Application.
  2. Official transcript from each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.
  3. Two recommendation letters - one concentrating on applicant’s ability to do graduate work, the other concentrating on teaching potential.
  4. A short statement about the applicant’s reason for pursuing an MAT/MST degree, including his/her professional goals.

GRE scores are not required when applying for a Masters program in Mathematics or Statistics.

For all Ph.D. applicants, please include:
  1. Departmental Graduate Admission Application
  2. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution you’ve attended.
  3. GRE scores for  the general test sent directly from ETS (school code 4610, dept code 0703)
  4. (See additional requirements below)
For Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences, ALSO include:
  1. Two recommendation letters describing the applicant’s potential for graduate study.
  2. A statement from the applicant indicating possible allied areas of interest, and how their background has prepared them to carry out advance studies in those areas.
  3. GRE scores for the subject test in Mathematics sent directly from ETS (school code 4610, dept code 0703)
For Ph.D. Systems Science-Math Option, ALSO include:
  1. Three recommendation letters describing the applicant’s potential for graduate study.
  2. A statement from the applicant indicating how their background has prepared them to undertake study leading to a doctoral degree in mathematics.
  3. Applicants are encouraged to to submit a list of courses taken, text books used, and topics covered.
    Mail all departmenal application materials to:  Systems Science Graduate Program, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207-0751
For Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, ALSO include:
  1. Three recommendation letters from persons able to comment on applicant’s previous experience in math education and potential for success in the program. At least one letter should comment on the applicant’s teaching experience.
  2. A professional portfolio that includes:
    1. Evidence of experience in teaching mathematics at the school or college level.
    2. 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.
    3. A sample of previous work that demonstrates potential for creative and independent work necessary to succeed in this Ph.D. program in mathematics education.
Please have recommendation letters mailed directly to the department, or you may include them in sealed envelopes with the rest of your application.
Mail the Departmental Application Packet to:
Portland State University
Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Graduate Programs Administrator
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Graduate Admission requirements for  Master of Arts or Master of Science in Mathematics, Master of Science in Statistics, Master of Science in Teaching or Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics.

In addition to meeting the University admission requirements, students seeking regular admission status in master's programs are expected to have successfully completed courses in:

For M.A./M.S. in mathematics:  linear algebra, abstract algebra/group theory, introductory analysis/advanced calculus, and differential equations
For M.S. in statistics: basic statistical methods (stat 244 or higher), linear algebra, introductory analysis/advanced calculus, and differential equations
For M.A.T./M.S.T: linear algebra, abstract algebra/group theory, advanced calculus, and college geometry.

Please note that the introductory analysis/advanced calculus course listed above is a proof-based course - it is NOT part of the traditional calculus sequence.

The M.A./M.S. programs are designed for the student who wish to prepare for community college teaching, industrial work in mathematics or statistics, or further advanced work toward a Ph.D. in mathematics. The M.A.T./M.S.T. programs offer advanced training and specialized courses for secondary school teachers of mathematics.