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Welcome to the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Welcome to the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
At the Hatfield School of Government, we are preparing the next generation of change agents.

A Catalyst for Innovation in Public Service

A Catalyst for Innovation in Public Service
The Hatfield School's Center for Public Service finds innovative ways to enhance the legitimacy of - and citizen trust in - public service institutions and the people who work in them.

Pam Campos-Palma is fearless

Pam Campos-Palma is fearless
From Honduran immigrant roots, to active duty in the US Airforce, to membership on the University's new Board of Trustees, Pam Campos-Palma’s story is remarkable and inspiring.
Dedicated to public service and social justice, the Hatfield School does more than teach — we prepare students for community leadership and for making the world a better place.

Located in the vibrant heart of downtown Portland, the Hatfield School offers real-world application of studies only steps away from the classroom. Students actively engage in a variety of hands-on public service projects throughout Oregon, the nation, and the world.

Locally renowned, the Hatfield School has also gained national prestige as one of the top 50 Public Affairs graduate programs in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Whether starting or advancing a career in public service, the Hatfield School has undergraduate, graduate, PhD, certificate and continuing education programs that allow students the flexibility to tailor their education to pursue their passions. 

Our Programs

The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is home to PSU’s Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration divisions. Although each program is distinct, their location under one roof affords students the unique opportunity for collaborative multi-disciplinary study. Explore the programs of the Hatfield School below.

Criminology & Criminal Justice Programs

Consider these Criminal Justice career opportunities that go beyond Law Enforcement:

  • Making & enforcing the law
  • Monitoring organizations that make or enforce the law
  • Working to prevent or reduce crime
  • Analysis of crime prevention & control approaches

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Political Science Programs


Wondering what you could do with a degree in Political Science? Here’s what some recent graduates are doing:

  • Legislative Aid
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Journalist

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Public Administration Programs

A degree in Public Administration can open up roles where you make a real impact in your community:

  • City Management Analyst
  • Economic Development Director
  • Economic Diversification Coordinator
  • Municipal Budget Director
  • Non-Profit Executive Director

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