Paying For School
For an estimate of cost, please see Tuition & Fees. Students should check with the Office of Financial Aid for a complete listing of available sources and grant and loan requirements. Additionally, the Graduate School has detailed information about financing your graduate education. Below are summaries of the three major funding categories for graduate students, with links to additional information:
Graduate Assistantships and Student Worker Positions
Research and administrative assistant opportunities occasionally become available through the College of Urban and Public Affairs and Hatfield School of Government. Additionally, the Center for Public Service and Institute for Nonprofit Management may fund student worker positions as needed to help carry out consulting projects. Keep an eye out for announcements on Public Administration Department list-servs, and be sure to let your advisor and other faculty members know if you are interested in these types of opportunities.
Graduate assistant positions may also be available through other departments across campus. Please check out the Graduate School 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
Information is available from at Student Finance. First time graduate students should review the timeline available from the Office of Financial Aid, and continuing graduate students can find information about under the current student link.
University-wide scholarship information is available online and you can search for scholarships in the PSU Scholarship Database. Be sure to check out specific scholarship opportunities through the College of Urban and Public Affairs and the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) is a great resource for information and opportunities to help finance your education.
For our Students:
Please see the SOG Summary List of Awards / Scholarships available to students in the MPA, MPA:HA, MNL, MPP, and PAP programs.
We've provided links to some of the prominent professional associations, networking opportunities, employers, and other professional development resources that may be of interest to public administration students. Be sure to talk to your advisor and other faculty members about additional resources!
- Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management: conferences, publications, and career resources
- American Society for Public Administration: largest professional association for Public Administration
- Handshake: job database for PSU students and alumni
- City Club of Portland: research, advocacy, networking, and civic engagement
- PSU Advising & Career Services: advising, workshops, and career fairs
- Public Service Careers: job postings and career resources
- Student Community Engagement Center: volunteer opportunities on campus and throughout Portland
- City of Portland Employment Center: job postings
- Emerging Local Government Leaders: information, networking, and education
- ICMA (International City/County Management Association: job postings, career development, and events
- International Association for Public Participation (IAP2): news, training, events, and job postings
- Oregon Employment Department: jobs links (city, county, state, federal)
- United States Federal Jobs: news and career resources
- County employment:
- PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions: research, student leadership, and community partnerships
- Careers in Sustainability: information about PSU sustainability courses, volunteer activities, and internships
- Smart Grid Northwest: education, public policy, implementation
- Association of Energy Services Professionals (see also Northwest Chapter): networking and education
- Northwest Environmental Business Council: cross-sector nonprofit trade association
- Courses of interest through the Center for Public Service:
- Nonprofit Association of Oregon: resources, trainings, and job postings
- Mac's List: local nonprofit job postings
- Idealist.org: local, national, and international nonprofit and volunteer opportunity search engine
- Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO): networking, professional advancement, and job postings
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Portland: professional development, networking, and service
- Urban league of Portland Young Professionals: advocacy, civic engagement, and workforce development
- Community Nonprofit Resource Group (CNRG): networking, education, job postings, volunteer opportunities
- American Public Health Association: education, publications, professional development, and job database
- Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health: jobs, fellowships, internships, and more
- Careers in Public Health.net: resources, relevant articles, and job postings
- Oregon Health & Science University Human Resources: job postings
- Oregon Public Health Association: advocacy, professional development, education, and networking
- Oregon Public Health Institute: research, policy, and resources
- Oregon Public Health Division Jobs: job postings
- Public Health Online: career education and resources