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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Prospective Students

  1. How much does the program cost?
  2. How long is the program?
  3. Are there any minimum requirements for undergraduate GPA or GRE scores?
  4. What are the school and department codes?
  5. What is the basis for admission?
  6. What specializations do you offer?
  7. Do I need to have a specific undergraduate major?
  8. What kind of financial aid is available?
  9. What is the policy for minimum enrollment?
  10. What is the difference between full-time and part-time students?
  11. If I have taken courses prior to admission, how many credits can I apply to my degree?
  12. If I work, are there evening classes available in the programs?

Current Students

  1. Can I substitute other comparable courses for required courses in the programs?
  2. Can I take courses in other departments?
  3. How do I register for classes at PSU?
  4. How do I find out about class conflicts with traveling classes?
  5. How do I get a PSU email account?
  6. How do I park when taking courses at PSU?
  7. How do I arrange Reading and Conference credits?
  8. How do I access my enrollment fields and transcripts?
  9. What are my rights regarding my file?
  10. What are the required procedures for graduation?
  11. How do I sign up for the MPA and/or MPH listservs?
  12. How do I forward e-mails from my PSU webmail account to my personal e-mail account?
  13. Where are the on campus computer labs?
  14. What health services are available?
  15. What other resources are available to me as a student at PSU?

General

  1. How do I contact the Division of Public Administration Office?
  2. What is the Office of Graduate Studies?
  3. How is Summer Session different from Fall, Winter or Spring term?
  4. Are all courses held on campus?
  5. What is a “510” course?
  6. What should I know about plagiarism?
  7. How can I improve my study skills?
  8. What is service-learning or community-based learning?
  9. How do I get more involved in the Division of Public Administration?
  10. Can I take a class at another University in the Oregon University System?
  11. What are websites of interest to graduate student of the Division of Public Administration?
  12. Where can I find information about important dates and deadlines?

International Students

  1. What are the required TOFEL scores?
  2. Do you accept IELTS scores?
  3. How is the admission process different for international students?

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS 

1. How much does the program cost?
Current rates for instate and out of state tuition can be found here. There are no “hidden” required courses such as can be found with some programs – the 60 credits (or 61 in the case of the MPH:HMP) cover your degree requirements.

2. How long is the program?
Full-time students typically complete the program in 2 years (including one summer term). Our program also has many part-time students who choose to work full-time or part-time while taking 1 or 2 classes per term, which lengthens the time to degree. Students work with their advisors to set up a schedule that meets their needs.

3. Are there any minimum requirements for undergraduate GPA or GRE scores?

Please see our admission criteria located on our Application Guidelines page.

4. What is the school code and department codes?

The school code is 4610 and the department code is 4801.

5. What is the basis for admission?
The admissions committee will consider all aspects of the applications including letters of recommendation, GPA, GRE scores, and previous work and/or volunteer experience. Previous work experience is not necessary for admission to the program but is considered helpful.

6. What specializations do you offer?

The MPA program currently offers specializations in public sector human resource management and labor relations, nonprofit management, global leadership and management, and natural resources policy and administration. Other specializations can be designed by working with your faculty advisor.

Note: Students who select the MPA:HA or the MPH:HMP have already selected their specialization.

7. Do I need to have a specific undergraduate major?
No, although students may find previous coursework in the social sciences useful, as well as skill development in verbal and written communications.

8. What kind of financial aid is available?
Students should check with the University Office of Financial Aid for a complete listing of available sources and grant and loan requirements. Following is a partial list of scholarship opportunities available to graduate students at Portland State University. Financial aid is available primarily for full time graduate students although some loans and grants are open to part-time students. This aid is of three general types: (1) graduate assistantships available through the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Hatfield School of Government; (2) loans and work study available through the University’s Office of Financial Aid; and (3) awards, grants, and scholarships available through PSU.

Graduate Assistantships

We are currently unable to offer any Graduate Assistantships at this time. If any do become availble, students will be notified via the listerv. Graduate assistant positions may be available throughout the year in other departments across campus. Students should check the Office of Graduate Studies webpage for current openings. Students interested in applying for graduate assistantships must have regular admission status and maintain good standing in the graduate program. GA positions also require that students be registered for, and satisfactorily complete, a minimum of nine graduate credits each term with the exception of summer term. Graduate assistants usually receive tuition remission and a stipend.


Financial Assistance Available Through the University: Loans and Work Study
Graduate students may receive consideration for financial assistance through the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, and Federal Direct Stafford Loan programs. The Office of Financial Aid is located in Neuberger Hall lobby, 503-725-3461.

Federal Perkins Loans

This federally funded loan program is available to graduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. This is a long term, low interest rate loan for which repayment commences nine months after the student is no longer enrolled, on at least a part-time basis.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans
These loans are available to PSU graduate students through the cooperation of the University and the U.S. Department of Education. Both interest subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available. Repayment begins six months after the student drops below half-time status, or leaves the University. The federal government pays interest on the subsidized loans while the student is in school. Unsubsidized loan eligibility is based on the difference between the student’s cost of attendance and the financial aid awarded. Repayment begins while the student is still enrolled. The federal government does not make interest payments. Annual loan maximums for graduate students receiving either subsidized or unsubsidized Perkins loans are $10,000.

Work Study

Graduate students are eligible for Federal Work Study funds. Federal Work Study is a need-based program in which the Federal government pays from 70-90 percent of student wages and the institution or agency pays the remainder. This program assists students who demonstrate a need for part-time employment to pursue a college education. Sources of work include metropolitan non-profit agencies and/or campus employment. For other student employment opportunities contact the Student Employment Office at 503-725-4958, University Services Building, Room 402F.

Awards Available Through the University
The Scholarship Guide is available through the Office of Academic Affairs, Cramer Hall, Room 349, 503-725-3422. You may also access scholarship information and application materials at www.pdx.edu/finaid/scholarships. Many other scholarships are available to graduate students through the Oregon Community Foundation and other organizations including the Oregon Sports Lottery Scholarship, the University Club Scholarship, the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, the Mike Lindberg Public Works Scholarship to name a few. Another good resource is the Oregon Student Assistance Commission scholarship database: http://www.osac.state.or.us/osac_programs.html.

Ron Cease Founder’s Award

In 2001, retired professor Ron Cease and his wife Jane established the Ron Cease Founder’s Award endowment program. The endowment is supported by contributions made by the Ceases, as well as faculty, alumni, and friends of Portland State and the public administration program. The endowment currently provides funds to assist three to four students each year. Applications are available in the Division of Public Administration Office and are usually due in February.

Helen Oliver Memorial Fellowship Award
This is an annual cash award given to a graduating student with an official degree who demonstrates the promise of being a responsible and mature civic leader. The award is not based on need or scholastic achievement (although good scholarship is assumed), but rather on good character and dedicated spirit. Students may apply through the Office of Academic Affairs, Cramer Hall, Room 349, 503-725-5251.

Robert and Rosemary Low Memorial Award

One award, given in years when funds are available. This scholarship gives special recognition to academically qualified graduate students with physical handicaps. Eligible students must be admitted to PSU as regular graduate students. Selection will be based on scholarship and academic potential. Financial need may be considered, but is not a requirement. The deadline for application is April 15 for the following academic year. Information is available after March 1, at the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 600 Unitus Building, 503-725-8410.

Oregon Laurels Tuition Remission Program
These are annual awards of tuition credit equivalent to the instructional portion of graduate fees for full and part time PSU graduate students. Awards are merit-based. Financial need is a consideration for some of these awards. Deadline for application is April 15 for the following academic year. For further information contact the Office of Graduate Studies after March 1st of the year in which you wish to apply (Office of Graduate Studies, 600 Unitus Building, 503-725-8410).   

Frank Roberts Community Service Scholarship

Awarded to a PSU graduate student who exemplifies a spirit of public service and commitment to community, applicants must be admitted to a PSU graduate program, in good academic standing, and enrolled for at least 6 credit hours per term. They must also have excellent undergraduate portfolios and demonstrate financial need. For information contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 600 Unitus Building, 503-725-8410.

Under Represented Minorities Achievement Scholarship Program – Graduate-Level

A limited number of UMAS awards are available to PSU graduate students who are Oregon residents and of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Hispanic American heritage. Awards are made in the amount of instructional fees. For information contact Educational Equity Programs and Services, Smith Memorial Center, Room 120, 503-725-4457.

9. What is the policy for minimum enrollment?

The College of Urban and Public Affairs requires that students be continuously enrolled for at least three credits per quarter until the completion of their degree unless they are on an approved leave of absence.

10. What is the difference between full-time and part-time students?

Full-time students are enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours of classes each term for three terms per year. Part-time students take up to eight credit hours each term. Both full and part-time students may be enrolled in the Division’s graduate programs. In order to be eligible for the services of the Center for Student Health and Counseling students must be enrolled for nine regular credit hours. This does not include self-support courses, however, students can pay an additional health fee to maintain the student insurance and access to the Center. Ask the Cashier’s office about this if you are taking off-campus courses or courses you have been told are considered “self-support.”

11. If I have taken courses prior to admission, how many credits can I apply to my degree?

You may apply 12 credits (with a B- or higher) completed pre-admission to your degree in the MPH:HMP, MPA or MPA:HA program. You may apply 7 credits (with a B- or higher) completed pre-admission to the Graduate Certificate. If you apply to the MPA or MPA:HA program from the Graduate Certificate, it is possible to then apply all 21 pre-admission credits (with a B- or higher) into the program.


12. If I work, are there evening classes available in the programs?
The faculty understands that many students wish to pursue a master’s degree while working full or part-time. Most classes are offered in the evenings so as not to interrupt the work day. Most of the core courses are offered in time slots beginning at 4 p.m. or 6:40 p.m. on a once-per-week basis. However, it may not be possible to complete the degree by solely taking courses offered in the late afternoon or evening. Intensive seminars are also offered periodically. These seminars allow students to complete courses over a series of weekend seminars rather than once a week over ten weeks. Such courses have special notes in the Schedule of Classes that denote “intensive” course. Several web-based classes are also offered.

 

CURRENT STUDENTS


13. Can I substitute other comparable courses for required courses in the programs?

You should check with your advisor regarding any potential substitutions before enrolling in a course.

14. Can I take courses in other departments?

The majority of the courses for the graduate programs are courses taught within the Division of Public Administration. Upon completion of the required coursework students may choose to complete relevant coursework in other departments such as Urban Studies, Political Science, Dispute Resolution, Communications, Community Health, Sociology, etc. Students should consult with their advisor to ensure that such coursework will satisfy requirements of their respective area of specialization or skill development.

15. How do I register for classes at PSU?

1. Students register for PSU courses online using the PSU Information System. Students must either be formally admitted to the University, have gone through the “Quick Entry” process or be enrolled with “Post baccalaureate” status prior to registering for classes. The PSU Information System can be accessed at https://banweb.pdx.edu or from a link on PSU’s homepage at www.pdx.edu.

Logging onto the PSU Information System requires a student ID and PIN number. Your login ID is your PSU ID number. Your initial PIN is a six-digit number representing the month, day, and year of your birth. For example, a student born on April 1, 1960 uses 040160 as the initial PIN. Students are required to change their PIN to a unique number upon their first login. Portland State recommends changing PINs at frequent intervals and choosing PINs that are easy to remember but difficult for others to guess. PIN changes may be made online or at the registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. Please note that entering an incorrect PIN five times in a single session will disable the account. Instructions for resolving this issue are included in the Help link on the PSU Information System login page.

2. After successfully logging in, select the "Student Services and Financial Aid" link. Next, select "Registration". Update student information if appropriate, otherwise click on "Continue to Registration Menu".

To search for classes, select "Look-up Classes to Add". The search feature allows students to look for classes according to subject, course number, title, part of term, instructor, start and end times, and days of the week. Choose one parameter or several, and then click on the "Get Classes” button. Select courses using the check box on the left side of the search results screen, then click on either "Register " or "Add to Worksheet" at the bottom of the page. Proceed to add classes using this procedure, or use the "Add/Drop Classes" link from the main Registration Menu.

When finished add/dropping classes and/or making other changes, click on the "Please click here to complete your registration" link at the bottom of the page. Students who fail to perform this crucial step are not registered.
Students may view their completed registration/class schedule by selecting "Student Schedule Detail" or "Student Schedule by Day and Time" links from the main Registration Menu.

Exit the PSU Information System by clicking on "Exit" near the top right-hand corner of the page. If using a shared computer, close the browser application to ensure privacy of personal data.

NOTE: Some classes fill up early. To be sure to get into a specific offering of a course, be sure to register very soon after registration opens for the next quarter. If a course is full, check to see if there is an online waiting list you can join; if not, please contact the Division.

 

16. How do I find out about class conflicts with classes that involve travel?
Check the footnote in the class schedule located here for exact dates of classes that involve travel. Also check with your other professors to see if there will be any conflicts with the class schedule.

17. How do I get a PSU email account
?
Portland State University provides many computing resources to students. An "Odin" account will allow you to access most of these resources, including:
• A PSU Email account accessible from Webmail (username@pdx.edu)
• Dial-up Internet access
• Campus computer labs
• UNIX shell access (odin.pdx.edu)
• Disk space for personal files and web pages

Go to https://www.account.pdx.edu/setup/index.php to set up your Odin account.

For questions about computer related services contact the PSU Help Desk at 503-725-HELP or http://www.uss.pdx.edu/

18. How do I park when taking courses at PSU?
Graduate students are eligible to purchase limited-term parking permits at PSU. For more information on parking procedures, please use the contact information listed below.

PSU Parking Services: #503-725-3442
http://www.transportation.pdx.edu

19. How do I arrange Reading and Conference credits?
If you have a topic that you would like to explore in depth outside of a regular class, you may talk with a potential faculty supervisor who is interested in the topic about signing up for a Reading and Conference class as an independent study. If the faculty member agrees, you can register for the class through completion of special paperwork. You will be expected to do reading in this area and to write a paper on the topic in order to earn a grade; the deliverables and grading scheme are negotiated with the faculty supervisor.

20. How do I access my enrollment files and transcripts?

Students may request to view their official files by contacting the division administrator, or may access their transcripts on-line via PSU Information Systems at https://banweb.pdx.edu.

21. What are my rights regarding my file?

Listed below is a summary of the rights and privileges relating to the privacy and release of student records and enrollment information provided by the Office of Academic Affairs. All questions relating to the release and maintenance of your student records should be directed to the administrator in the Division of Public Administration or Agnes Hoffman, Office of Admissions and Records, 503-725-5502.

Faculty, staff, and those under departmental supervision may not release protected student information to any outside party, including parents of minors, except as provided by public records law. Care should be exercised to protect the privacy of students. The student information listed below is considered strictly confidential at all times.
• Student identification number or social security number
• Age, race, gender, national origin, religious affiliation
• Exam or course grades
• Class schedule
• Financial, medical or public safety records
• Email addresses

Data such as email addresses, class rosters, grade reports, student ID numbers, exams and papers shall not be routed or posted openly in the classroom or faculty offices. These documents and data are protected under the student privacy regulations. Under public records authority, faculty may release information for current or previously registered students which is designated as “public” or “directory” information. Such public information is limited to:
• Student name
• Current address and telephone number
• Number of academic credits earned
• Dates of attendance and the fact of enrollment, including full or part-time students
• Degrees and awards received

Students have a right to restrict distribution of the “public” information listed above. No information, including public directory information, may be released for students who have requested this confidential, non-disclosure status. Students concerns or complaints regarding records or enrollment information should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs, 503-725-3422.

22. What are the required procedures for graduation?

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research provides the necessary forms for applying for graduation. They are available online at www.pdx.edu/hatfieldschool/graduation-information.

Graduating students must complete the form GO-12, Approved Graduate Degree Program. This form requires the listing of all courses taken to complete your degree, and must be submitted according to the deadlines listed at www.gsr.pdx.edu/ogs_general_deadlines.php.

The Application for Advanced Degree must be filled out at the same time as the GO-12. This form is available at http://www.gsr.pdx.edu/application.php or from the Office of Graduate Studies (184 Extended Studies Building).

It is strongly recommended that students submit these two completed forms to the departmental administrator during the quarter prior to when they wish to graduate. This will help to ensure sufficient time for the advisor to sign the forms and have them submitted in a timely fashion. Students should check with the departmental administrator to make sure that forms have been signed by all relevant administrators and submitted prior to the deadline. See Appendix H: the Graduation Paperwork – Quick Information to learn more.

23. How do I sign up for the MPA and/or MPH listservs?

As a graduate student, you are encouraged to subscribe to the Division’s graduate student listervs. The listservs are open only to graduate students enrolled in the Division’s programs, faculty, staff, and alumni. Through the listservs, students will find the most current information about job-related opportunities, internships, new class offerings, related seminars, upcoming events, fellowships and other items of interest. It is also a great way to communicate with other students. The listserv is not to be used to send personal messages, fund-raising, or other solicitations or to disseminate information not directly related to the programs and please observe proper “netiquette.” To subscribe to the list, students should send an email message to Becky Fidler at rfidler@pdx.edu with the message “subscribe MPA” or “subscribe MPH” in the subject area indicating their program of study. In the body of the message, please provide your name and the program in which you are enrolled. You will be subscribed to the listserv for your program of study. All questions related to the MPA and MPH listservs should be directed to publicad@pdx.edu.


24. How do I forward e-mails from my PSU webmail account to my personal e-mail account?

Gmail lets you automatically forward incoming mail to another address.
Here's how to forward messages automatically:
1. Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
2. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
3. From the first drop-down menu in the "Forwarding" section, select 'Add new email address.'
4. Enter the email address to which you'd like your messages forwarded.
5. For your security, we'll send a verification to that email address.
6. Open your forwarding email account, and find the confirmation message from the Gmail team.
7. Click the verification link in that email.
8. Back in your Gmail account, select the 'Forward a copy of incoming mail to...' option and select your forwarding address from the drop-down menu.
9. Select the action you'd like your messages to take from the drop-down menu. You can choose to keep Gmail's copy of the message in your inbox, or you can send it automatically to All Mail or Trash.
10. Click Save Changes.
You also can set up filters to forward messages that meet specific criteria. You can create 20 filters that forward to other addresses. You can maximize your filtered forwarding by combining filters that send to the same address.

 

25. Where are the on-campus computer labs?
PSU's Office of Information Technologies maintains numerous microcomputer laboratories on campus. These labs provide students, faculty, and staff with access to a variety of general purpose microcomputer hardware and software for use in the academically related tasks. The computers provided include word processors, databases, programming languages, spreadsheets, graphics applications, and a range of instructional software. Lab attendants are on duty at all times to help with user problems. In addition, software manuals, user guides, and tutorials are on hand for reference and self paced instruction.

The College of Urban and Public Affairs provides a lab designated for graduate students within the college. The lab is located on the 2nd floor of the Urban Center. For more information on hours of operations call 503-725-4017.

A lab exclusively for use by graduate students is located in the basement of Smith Center.

The main general access labs are located at Neuberger Hall Room 96 (503-725-3280), on the first floor of Millar Library (503-725-8425), Broadway Housing Building Room 226 (Open 24 hours a day from Sunday at 10 AM to Friday at 7 PM) (503-725-2940). Other labs around campus are available for general access when not scheduled for specific purposes. Each lab has its own schedule. You can find information on seat availability for computer labs on campus here: http://www.oit.pdx.edu/irs/tl/services.phtml. Students may also contact the Help Desk at 503-725-HELP for more information.


26. What health services are available to students?

The Center for Student Health and Counseling
The Center for Student Health and Counseling is a primary care clinic that provides outpatient medical treatment, women's health care, lab and x-ray facilities, immunizations, dispensary services, wellness resource center, health education, dental services and psychological counseling.

A basic insurance plan is automatically provided fall, winter, and spring quarters, for students enrolled for 9 or more credits but it must be purchased separately for the summer term, unless a student is enrolled for at least one credit. An extended plan can be purchased each quarter that provides additional coverage for the student, spouse or family. For further information regarding services available, measles vaccination requirements, or insurance information, please contact SHAC at 503-725-2800 or their website: www.shac.pdx.edu. The Center for Student Health and Counseling is located in the University Center Building, Suite 200 (SW 6th and Hall St.).

The Student Health Center offers pain reliever, band aids and several other sundries free of charge in the lobby.

Please be aware that some courses are considered “self-support.” Self-support courses are not assessed the standard fees and therefore if you are registered for two classes and one self-support course, you will not be assessed the health fee and thus will not have access to the health services unless you ask the cashier’s office to charge you the health fee. This is particularly important for those graduating spring term, who would like to continue the student health insurance through the summer. Be sure to pay the health fee in the spring and enroll for summer insurance. This will not be done automatically.

Counseling and Psychological Services
The Testing Service for Counseling and Psychological Services provides assistance to PSU students in the following areas: academic major and career counseling, educational counseling, biofeedback, relaxation training, and stress management, national test program preparation. CAPS is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For inquiries, phone 503-725-2800, or visit the center at 1880 SW 6th Ave. (University Center Building, Suite 200.) The website is http://www.shac.pdx.edu/caps.

27. What other resources are available to me as a student at PSU?


Branford P. Millar Library
The Branford P. Millar Library has holding of more than one million volumes and more than 10,000 subscriptions and serials in support of teaching and research. The Information Desk, Reserve Section, guides to library use, and catalog files are located on the ground floor. The library has an on-line public access catalog file. For library hours call 503-725-3065. The website is www.lib.pdx.edu.

If desired books are not available at the PSU library, books can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) using Summit (request “pick-up anywhere” to retrieve at any campus library). MPA students can request copies of journal articles via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), if not owned by the home library. In most cases journal articles will be delivered electronically to the student's email account. If you have questions about library resources, contact your campus library office.

If you have questions specific to sources for research of public administration contact Emily Ford, 503-725-3689.

Student Lounge and CUPA Library

A student lounge is located within the College of Urban and Public Affairs on the 2nd Floor of the Urban Center. The lounge is equipped with a microwave oven, refrigerator, sink, tables, chairs and couches. Vending machines are nearby on the 2nd floor. Students are also encouraged to use the CUPA Resource Library located on the 7th floor as a quiet area to study and conduct research.

Campus Public Safety
The Campus Public Safety Office provides assistance in emergency situations, an evening escort service, and routes emergency messages on campus. It is located at the corner of SW Broadway and College. In cases of emergency, call 503-725-4404 or use any of the emergency phones located around campus. For non-emergency inquiries, call 503-725-4407.

Student Recreation and Intramurals
Located in the Peter Stott Center, student recreation is a program that allows students registered for at least one credit hour, to utilize various facilities for recreational purposes. This includes an extensive weight room, circuit training room, open basketball, racquetball and squash courts, table tennis, and a swimming pool. Locker-room services are also available for a limited fee.

Intramural sports offers an organized delivery of team sports, and some individual sports that provide a level of competition to students of all abilities. Some activities include flag football, basketball, softball, step aerobics. These activities are free to students. Both the student recreation and intramurals offices are located in the lower level lobby of Peter Stott Center.

Lockers
A limited number of lockers are available in the College of Urban and Public Affairs on the second floor. Lockers are available on a first come first served basis. Go to the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning on the third floor of the College of Urban and Public Affairs to find out if a locker is available.

 

GENERAL


28. How do I contact the Division of Public Administration office?
Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
C/O Division of Public Administration
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
503-725-3920
1-800-547-8887 Ext. 3920
E-mail: publicad@pdx.edu

29. What is the Office of Graduate Studies?
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research, located at 600 Unitus Building, provides guidelines for graduation and thesis preparation, scholarship information, and access to many other resources. The website is http://www.pdx.edu/ogs/.

30. How is Summer Session different from Fall, Winter or Spring term?
During Summer Term classes are offered on a condensed scale. Summer Session schedule of classes is posted during Spring Term. Visit http://www.summer.pdx.edu/ for course offerings.

31. Are all courses held on campus?
All regular courses are held on the PSU campus, but a few courses include community-based projects or web-based instruction. Some elective public administration courses are held in sites such as Washington, DC; Hanoi, Vietnam; Oaxaca, Mexico; Canada; and India.

32. What is a “510” course?

PA 510 is the course number for new or experimental courses that have not received a permanent course number. Consult your advisor to find out if specific PA 510 courses can be applied to your degree requirements.

33. What should I know about plagiarism?
Plagiarism is an extremely serious academic offense. You must document your sources
whenever you use words or ideas that are not your own. Making sure you have not
plagiarized is your responsibility, not the instructor’s. If you are uncertain about how to use source material, please review the following guidelines for properly documenting a research paper.

1. Use quotation marks to set off borrowed passages a few words to three lines long; cite the source (always include page numbers) of the quoted passage.
2. Indent and single space quoted passages of three or more lines; cite the source of the quoted passage.
3. Cite the reference of any facts, ideas, or information that is not common knowledge.

Please ask the instructor, the writing associate, or a tutor at the PSU Writing Center if you have any questions. A useful article by the Writing Tutorial Service entitled, “Understanding Plagiarism,” can be found on the Internet at: http://www.indiana.edu/~tedfrick/plagiarism/.

Any assignment containing plagiarized material will receive a failing grade on the assignment and will be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. A second offense will result in a failing grade for the course.

34. How can I improve my study skills?
For a very useful website with recommendations on how to improve your study skills, go to http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdyhlp.html. You can also contact the Information and Academic Support Center for more materials on ways to study to enhance your chances for academic success at PSU.

35. What is service-learning or community-based learning?

According to Campus Compact, a national higher education advocacy organization, “service-learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility.” Service-learning (also called community-based learning) has been incorporated into courses throughout Portland State University and the Division of Public Administration. Through these courses, students gain valuable experience and make connections with community organizations. The experience with the organizations is then integrated into the classroom to provide students with a deeper understanding of the course material

36. How do I get more involved in the Division of Public Administration?

Each year there are a number of opportunities for students to become involved in the Division and its events.  Opportunities often arise for student representation on committees; please let your advisor know if you are interested. The Public Administration Student Association (PASA) is also a way to get involved. The student-run student group meets periodically throughout the year for social and professional development events. Contact PASA by email at pasapsu@pdx.edu.

37. Can I take a class at another university in the Oregon University System?
It may be possible to take a class at another university in the Oregon University System through a process called “By Arrangement.” Be sure to meet with your advisor to discuss this prior to enrolling in such a course.


38. What are websites of interest to graduate students of the Division of Public Administration?


Portland State University
www.pdx.edu

The American Society for Public Administration
http://www.aspanet.org
National news, conferences, career development

ICMA (International City/County Management Association
http://www.iap2.org
Job posting, career development and events

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)
http://ci.portland.or.us.jobs
News, training, events, job postings

City of Portland Human Resources
http://www5.ci.portland.or.us/jobs/
Job postings

Oregon Employment Department
http://www.employment.oregon.gov
Job links: city, county, state, federal, etc.

United States Federal Jobs
http://www.usajobs.gov/
News, career resources

39. Where can I find information about important dates and deadlines?

Upcoming dates and deadlines are listed at the Hatfield School calendar: http://www.pdx.edu/hatfieldschool/events/.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


40. What are the required TOEFL scores?

Please see our admission criteria locted on our Application Guidelines page.

41. Do you accept IELTS (International English Learning Testing Service) scores?
Please see our admission criteria locted on our Application Guidelines page.

42. Is there a different application process for international students?

International students need to fill out the international student application for Portland State University admissions and the International Student Measles Form. Links to both of these items and further information on the admissions process can be found here.