About the Department

The Department of Public Administration

The Public Administration Department resides in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University and is both locally regarded and nationally recognized as having one of the top Public Affairs graduate programs in the United States. The Hatfield School is part of a century-long Oregonian tradition of good governance leadership and reforms that have led the nation in areas of land use planning, natural resource planning, and voting reform. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, our Department demonstrates its value by integrating theory and practice in the classroom and through partnerships across the city, state, nation, and abroad.

PSU was recently named Oregon's coolest school by the Sierra Club for sustainability. Two new sustainability certificate programs, the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and the Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management. The addition of these programs contributed to the jump in rankings.