How to Apply

All Fall 2020 graduate applications must be submitted by September 1.

Step 1: Know when to apply.

IMPORTANT: If you are also applying for a graduate teaching assistantship and/or any scholarships, then the online program application is due by February 1st unless the program application has an earlier deadline (see below).  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.

The default application open date is one year before the beginning of the term for which you are applying.

 

The following graduate programs admit once per year for the fall term only:

PhD in Mathematical Sciences - application submission deadline March 24th.
PhD in Mathematics Education - application submission deadline February 1st
MS in Statistics - application submission deadline February 1st

 The application submission deadline means that you, as the applicant, must complete your portion of the application and choose "submit" by the deadline. If you are soliciting someone to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf, that person will still be able to do so after the deadline. However, complete applications receive first consideration. It is to your advantage to encourage your references to submit their letters as soon as possible.

The following graduate programs currently offer rolling admissions:

MA/MS in Mathematics
MS in Mathematics for Teachers
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (Fall, Winter, Spring only)
Graduate Certificate in Mathematics for Middle School Teachers

If you are an international applicant and not currently living in the United States, we strongly encourage you to apply 10-12 weeks before you want to receive your admission decision. If you currently reside in the United States, you should apply 6-8 weeks prior to the date you want to receive your admission decision.

Step 2: Read about the university's minimum admission requirements and the application process on the Graduate School's application landing page.

 

Step 3: 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 Mathematics for Middle School Mathematics Teachers (GCMS)
Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (GCAS)

Step 4: Apply!

If you experience any difficulties while applying,please email the Graduate School at gradschool@pdx.edu.

Step 5: Monitor your email and your application status

If materials are needed for your application, you will receive an email noting what is missing. Use the same application link to access an existing application and to check your admission status.

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 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 reference 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 reference 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 reference 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

  •  A personal statement is required. You will be asked to upload your personal 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 reference 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. The Math Subject GRE requirement will be waived 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.  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. While we can use uploaded score reports to evaluate your application, you still need to instruct ETS to send the official score report to Portland State.    

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/. Test scores MUST be reportable by ETS, usually tests taken within the last five years.

  • 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 reference 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/. Test scores MUST be reportable by ETS, usually tests taken within the last five years.

  • 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.