Graduate Assistantships



A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Acceptance into the graduate program does not guarantee financial assistance.  

Current students who did not receive a GA award for any part of the 2019-2020 academic year, apply for a 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Assistant award via this link. Priority will be given to doctoral students. 

If you are a current student who received a GA award for part or all of academic year 2019-2020, you will receive emailed instructions from Department Administrator Lissa Hansen.

If you are applying for a mathematics or statistics graduate program, you will have the opportunity to apply for a GA award via the online program application.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: We begin reviewing GA applications on February 1st for all masters and doctoral programs except the PhD in Mathematics Education which has an earlier deadline of January 10th.

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Portland State University hires Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) to teach beginning level courses such as college algebra, trigonometry, and introductory statistics. GTAs are hired for a nine-month appointment to begin Fall term. Appointments are awarded to graduate students working on MA/MS in Mathematics, MS in Statistics, MS in Mathematics for Teachers, Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences, and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. Some summer teaching appointments may be available.

The 2019-2020 stipend for a new GA at the Master’s level is $12,987; for a new GA at the Ph.D. level the stipend is $13,878; after passing the Ph.D. Comprehensive examinations the new GA stipend will be $14,769. In addition to your stipend, GAs receive a tuition waiver which pays for instructional fees for 9 credit hours. GA’s may not have outside employment.

Responsibilities for a GTA appointment include:

  • teaching one class per quarter for three quarters each year
  • conducting office hours (normally 2 hours per week)
  • tutoring math or statistics students (lower-division algebra and calculus, or statistics) 1 hour per week
  • attending a 1-hour weekly seminar on the teaching of mathematics/statistics. 

All GAs are required to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours and to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better. 

A five-day orientation workshop will be held for new GTAs prior to the beginning of Fall term. Topics covered will include university and departmental orientation, individual advising, teaching assignments, model lessons, and methods of assessing what students have learned in your class.

Renewal of a graduate teaching assistantship is not guaranteed, however, an attempt will be made to renew appointments for those whose academic and teaching performance is satisfactory. MA/MS and MAT/MST students may receive a GA position for a maximum of 2 academic years; Ph.D. students may receive a GA position for a maximum of 4 academic years.

For more information, please refer to the Graduate School's web page on graduate assistantships and other funding opportunities.



Some professors are able to provide Research Assistantships from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. Students are selected by their excellence in scholarship and potential as researchers. The responsibilities and financial support vary based on the grant work. Students interested in this type of assistantship should speak directly with the faculty member that they are interested in working with.