Graduate Program Mathematical Sciences

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Mathematical Sciences Doctorate Overview

PSU Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical sciences form an integral part of emerging fields such as computational medicine and biology, artificial intelligence, information security, and e-sciences.

In today's data-intensive world, PSU's mathematical sciences Ph.D. prepares you to answer questions and solve problems in areas as diverse as economics and finance, government and law, the arts and music, medicine, weather, and air quality forecasting, climate modeling, national defense, and the physical sciences.

Our flexible, collaborative program provides you with the structured environment, professional guidance, and advising support you need to succeed and launch a career as a researcher in private companies, government agencies, or academia.

For program-specific information about degree details or admission requirements, please visit the department. 

About the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.

Degree Details

Mathematical Sciences Doctorate: Why PSU?

In mathematical sciences at PSU, we encourage interdisciplinary work culminating in first-rate, original scholarship. That's why you'll choose a main concentration within the mathematical sciences as well as a secondary concentration that can draw from the natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering.

Common disciplines include computer science, engineering, physics, biology, economics, systems science, finance, urban studies and planning, and public health and medicine.

In your courses, you'll benefit from small classes and personalized attention from faculty whose areas of expertise range from computational neuroscience to numerical analysis and scientific computation for partial differential equations.

You'll have opportunities to gain hands-on experience through an internship with a Portland-area company, and collaborations with faculty and other researchers on projects with the Portland Institute for Computational Science. The PSU-supported initiative aims to promote the effective use of computational technologies to solve scientific problems, create a regional community of researchers interested in using and training others in computational technologies, and procure high-performance computing clusters.

We also offer students support through teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships.

What can I do with a doctorate in Mathematical Sciences?

Our alumni are in high demand for jobs in a variety of settings, from government to industry.

Recent graduates have been hired at Amazon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Defense, Intel, Powin Energy, Cooper University Hospital, iovation, FLIR Systems, Texas A&M Kingsville, and Khalifa University.

Featured Courses

  • MTH 614 Modern Analysis
  • MTH 617 Functional Analysis
  • MTH 621 Advanced Differential Equations
  • MTH 634 Algebraic Topology
  • MTH 641 Modern Algebra
  • MTH 651 Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • MTH 661 Algebraic Graph Theory
  • STAT 661 Advanced Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 664 Theory of Linear Models
  • STAT 671 Statistical Learning
  • STAT 604 Cooperative Education/Internship


The program accommodates a broad range of interdisciplinary partners. Students choose a main concentration within the Mathematical Sciences as well as a secondary concentration. This secondary concentration can be chosen within the Mathematical Sciences or alternatively, within the natural sciences, social sciences, or engineering. Typical examples of secondary concentrations outside of Mathematical Sciences include Computer science, Engineering, Physics, Biology, Economics, Systems Science, Finance, Urban Studies and Planning, Public Health and Medicine.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).