The graduate programs offered by Portland State University are listed below.
A graduate certificate program is a linked series of approved graduate-level courses which constitute a coherent body of study with a specific defined focus within a discipline. Candidates for a graduate certificate must earn a minimum of 15 credits in approved graduate courses; many programs have higher minimums. A final project or portfolio may be required to provide for integration of the sequence of course materials.
Master of Arts and Master of Science (M.A. and M.S.)
The University offers programs leading to the Master of Arts and the Master of Science. These programs are designed to develop a mastery of subject matter in a chosen discipline and to provide training and experience in research.
Candidates for the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees must earn a minimum of 45 credits in approved graduate courses; many programs have higher minimums. A thesis may be required, depending on the program. The Master of Arts degree requires a demonstrated proficiency in a second language. Second language proficiency is not required for the Master of Science degree.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Teaching (M.A.T. and M.S.T.)
The Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Teaching degrees are designed to combine coursework in the major discipline with coursework in education. To this end, the programs are developed and administered within flexible guidelines to match the needs of students with varying backgrounds and professional plans. All M.A.T. degrees require a demonstrated proficiency in a second language. Second language proficiency is not required for the M.S.T. degree.
A minimum of 45 graduate credits is required. The program of study includes the following:
- At least 24 graduate credits must be devoted to selected courses in academic fields which strengthen the candidate’s scholarship in a teaching field and related area. This minimum may be higher at the department’s discretion.
- At least 9 credits of courses in education are required.
- A final written and oral examination is required.
PSU offers a variety of degrees which are designed to prepare students for work in professional fields. The programs are designed to develop a mastery of the subject matter in a chosen discipline and to provide practical training and experience in the field. Many professional degrees require more than the minimum 45 credits required for all master's degrees at PSU.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded for scholastic achievement based upon the candidate’s proven comprehensive knowledge in a specialized field of study and for creative scholarship through independent research. Judgment of such attainments is based upon the passing of comprehensive examinations and evaluation of a dissertation grounded in independent research.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
The Doctor of Education degree is granted in recognition of mastery of theory, practice, and research in education. The Ed.D. in educational leadership program prepares highly qualified professional educators for positions in teaching, supervision, and administration in elementary and secondary education, in community and four-year colleges and universities, and in other educational institutions, both public and private.