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Division of Public Administration

The Division of Public Administration offers a diversity of academic programs integrating theory and praxis that are designed to enhance critical thinking, develop leadership capacity, build community partnerships, and serve the public interest across the government, health, and nonprofit sectors.


We welcome you to our website and invite you to explore the range of opportunities that Portland State University and the Division of Public Administration have to offer! 

The Division offers four Masters-level programs: Master of Public Administration (MPA), with several areas of specialization; Master of Public Administration in Health Administration (MPA:HA); and Master of Public Health: Health Management and Policy (MPH:HMP), as part of the Oregon MPH Consortium offered by Portland State University, Oregon State University, and Oregon Health and Science University; and the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program, managed through the Center for Public Service. 

The Division faculty participate in the doctoral degree (Ph.D.) program in Public Affairs and Policy. In collaboration with the Education Leadership and Policy Department within the Graduate School of Education, Public Administration serves as the co-director of the University Studies Cluster "Leading Social Change".

In addition, we offer an undergraduate Civic Leadership minor that provides students with the knowledge and skills to build leadership capacity in preparation for engagement in our evolving democratic society. The Civic Leadership minor provides a solid foundation to pursue admission to a graduate program offered by the Division.         

Enjoy your visit to our site!  Please contact us with any further questions.

Meet One of Our Outstanding 2013 Graduates
Paige Hatcher, M.D., M.P.H. '13, was the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) selected student speaker at the CUPA Hooding Ceremony, June 14, 2013 and, also, one of two invited student speakers at the PSU Commencement Ceremony, June 16, 2013 at the Rose Garden. See Paige's moving and inspirational speech about her personal triumph over challenges encountered during her academic quest.