Graduate Application Instructions

Graduate Application Instructions

Step 1: Know when to apply

Doctoral and master's applicants seeking financial support should apply by February 1.

Application open date: One year before the beginning of the term for which you are applying. 

Application close date:

  • PhD Mathematical Sciences - March 24 (fall term admission only)
  • PhD Mathematics Education - February 1 (fall term admission only)
  • MS Statistics - February 1 (fall term admission only)
  • MA/MS Mathematics - 2 weeks before the term starts (rolling admissions: fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • MS Mathematics for Teachers - 2 weeks before the term starts (rolling admissions: fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics - 2 weeks before the term starts (Fall, Winter, Spring terms admissions only)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Mathematics Teachers - 2 weeks before the term starts (rolling admissions: fall, winter, spring, summer)

International applicants are advised to apply 10-12 weeks before you want to receive your admission decision.

Domestic applicants are advised to apply 6-8 weeks before you want to receive your admission decision. 

Step 2: Confirm you meet the university's minimum admission requirements

Applicants wishing to pursue graduate level studies at Portland State University must meet the university's minimum requirements with regard to having earned a bachelor's degree, undergraduate grade point average, and English language proficiency.

Step 3: Confirm you meet the department's minimum program admission requirements

Prior to applying, applicants are expected to have successfully completed the program prerequisites with a grade of "B" or better.  Applicants who are either currently registered for the program prerequisites, or are missing at most two prerequisites, may be offered conditional admission at the department's discretion if the application is otherwise excellent.  Program prerequisites are listed in the admission section of each program description. 

Step 4: Gather the materials you will need to upload when applying

When completing the online graduate application, you may be asked for program specific supplementary materials in addition to uploaded copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please make sure you upload the transcript legend or grading key for all schools. The transcript legend 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 Applied Statistics (GCAS)
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Mathematics Teachers (GCMS)

Step 5: Apply

Login or create a new account in the application portal.

Step 6: Monitor your email and your application status

If materials are needed for your application, you will receive an email noting what is missing.  Access your program application and check your admission status using the account you created in the application portal. 

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

If you have academic advising or career related questions about one of our graduate programs, contact the adviser for your program of interest.

Optional and required supplementary materials by program

All applications allow the option to upload any additional materials that are not required.

MS/MA Mathematics

GRE

Not required 

Recommendation Letters

Not required unless you indicate in the application that you are interested in a graduate teaching assistantship.

If applying for a GA position, you will be required to enter the names and email addresses for two references. Recommendation letters should come from a professional or academic reference who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential.

Personal Statement

Not required unless you indicate in the application that you are interested in a graduate teaching assistantship.

If applying for a GA position, you will be required to upload a statement describing your background in mathematics/statistics, and previous teaching, tutoring, and/or grading experiences.

Resume or CV

Not required 

Proceed to Step 5


MS Statistics

GRE

Not required 

Recommendation Letters

Required - You will be required to enter the names and email addresses for two references. Recommendation letters should come from a professional or academic reference who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential. You do not need to enter additional references if applying for a GA position. 

Personal Statement

Not required unless you indicate in the application that you are interested in a graduate teaching assistantship.

If applying for a GA position, you will be required to upload a statement describing your background in mathematics/statistics, and previous teaching, tutoring, and/or grading experiences.

Resume or CV

Not required 

Proceed to Step 5


MS in Mathematics for Teachers

GRE

Not required 

Recommendation Letters

Required - You will be required to enter the names and email addresses for two references. Recommendation letters should come from a professional or academic reference who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential. You do not need to enter additional references if applying for a GA position. 

Personal Statement

Required - A short statement about your reason for pursuing an MS MTCH degree, including your professional goals.

If applying for a GA position, you will also be required to upload a statement describing your background in mathematics/statistics, and previous teaching, tutoring, and/or grading experiences.

Resume or CV

Not required 

Proceed to Step 5


PhD Mathematical Sciences

GRE

Required - general and math subject GRE scores from tests taken within the last 5 years. You will be required to either upload an unofficial score report or enter registration details for a scheduled test.

The Math Subject GRE requirement will be waived upon request if you already earned a master's degree in mathematics. To request a math subject GRE test waiver, please upload your request as a document under "Upload score report" in the application. The general GRE requirement will not be waived.

Unofficial score report uploads are accepted in the application but must be followed with official score reports sent directly by ETS using the PSU institution code 4610 and major code 0703.

Recommendation Letters

Required - You will be required to enter the names and email addresses for two references. Recommendation letters should come from a professional or academic reference who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential. You do not need to enter additional references if applying for a GA position. 

Personal Statement

Required 

If applying for a GA position, you will also be required to upload a statement describing your background in mathematics/statistics, and previous teaching, tutoring, and/or grading experiences.

Resume or CV

Not required 

Proceed to Step 5


PhD Mathematics Education

GRE

The GRE is no longer required as on October 20th, 2020.

Recommendation Letters

Required - You will be required to enter the names and email addresses for three references. Recommendation letters should come from a professional or academic reference who can comment on your ability to do graduate work and your teaching potential. You do not need to enter additional references if applying for a GA position. 

Personal Statement

Required - You will be required to upload 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.

Resume or CV

Not required 

Proceed to Step 5


Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics

no required supplemental materials

Proceed to Step 5


Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Math Teachers

no required supplemental materials

Proceed to Step 5