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Public Administration

Instilling integrity, effectiveness, and transparency in the next generation of public leaders and community builders.
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Today’s — and tomorrow’s — public servants face massive, complex, and sometimes murky, systems of service delivery in the government, health, and nonprofit sectors. With experienced and engaged faculty, accomplished adjunct faculty, and in active partnership with organizations and institutions throughout the city, state and region, Public Administration programs prepare students to navigate, master and improve those systems. 

Housed in PSU’s Mark O. Hatfield School of Government in downtown Portland, the Public Administration division offers students diverse, multi-disciplinary coursework and opportunities to develop leadership skills and build community partnerships while putting theory into practice.

The division offers a Civic Leadership minor for undergraduate students, four accredited Masters degree programs for graduate students, and a post-baccalaureate certificate program. Doctoral students in the Public Affairs and Public Policy program as well as doctoral students in the Health Systems and Policy program may study with or have advisors from Public Administration faculty.

The division also has a community-based Advisory Council to help inform its programs and strategies.

Students of Public Administration go on to enjoy careers as nonprofit administrators and executives, health administrators and executives, policy analysts, city managers, health policy analysts, program coordinators, marketing and communications professionals and more.