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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Oregon, Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM)

Program Comparison Highlights

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Program Summary


University: University of Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "A central focus of the University of Oregon’s master of public administration (MPA) program is to prepare students to become evidence-based policy makers, analysts, and managers. Evidence based policy making is a concept that has been gaining widespread acceptance in the policy community, both in the U.S. and abroad. It is based on the idea that the formulation of policy and its implementation should be based on evidence of effectiveness. We further extend this concept to management, as managerial decisions benefit from an evidence-based approach as well. Fostering evidence based decision making requires a closer connection between research and practice. On the one hand, it requires that researchers ask policy relevant questions and conduct meaningful and timely analyses that can support the policy process. On the other hand, it requires that policy makers, managers, and leaders think critically about research and integrate appropriate evidence in the implementation and formulation of policy and administrative practice. The MPA curriculum has been developed to train students in applied research and provide opportunities for real world applications. The faculty strives to support evidence based decision making through our research and community outreach activities, as well as our teaching." (At, accessed 9 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per year: Approximately 25

Academic Unit within University: School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Master of Community and Regional Planning, Master of Nonprofit Management, The Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Certificate Program

Posted Tuition: Tuition is calculated on $490 per credit. For 72 credits, Oregon residents would pay $35,280 and non-residents would pay $55,728

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The 72 credit (13.8 one-semester-course equivalents) program prepares students to become effective and creative leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum provides students with a combination of substantive knowledge, analytic skills, and professional experience that prepares students for careers as evidence-based policymakers, analysts, or managers. The program is comprised of four components: 1) core courses, 2) a field of interest, 3) an internship and professional development training, and 4) synthesizing applied research and policy analysis projects.

Note 1. Most of the MPA programs are 4-credit-courses. In the Course Map below, courses that are 5 credits or 3 credits are noted as fractions of the normal 4-credit courses.

Note 2. We have used the equivalency of 4 University of Oregon credits = 10/13 one-semester-course equivalent because a typical 4-credit course has 10 170-minute classes plus an exam period compared to the median for semester courses of 13 170-minute classes plus an exam period. It is worth noting that the University of Oregon Office of the Register has higher expectations for the amount of student work per hour of class than that described in Credit Requirements and Course Equivalents, which are assumes that that a standard one-semester-equivalent American graduate course requires approximately 120 hours of student engagement. The University of Oregon Office of the Register site states: 
"Under the UO quarter system, each undergraduate credit reflects approximately thirty hours of student engagement. Therefore, a 3-credit course would engage students for approximately 90 hours total among the activities listed below, whereas a 4-credit course would entail approximately 120 hours of activities in which students are actively engaged in learning over the course of the term. Graduate students are expected to perform work of higher quality and quantity, typically with forty hours of student engagement for each student credit hour. Therefore, a 3-credit graduate course would typically engage students approximately 120 hours; a 4-credit graduate course may be expected to entail approximately 160 hours for the average student for whom the course is designed." (At accessed 9 June 2014.)

Degree Requirements

Summary: Students take 33 credits in core courses, 24 credits in an MPA field of interest, 3 credits from internships and professional development, and 11 credits in applied research projects including a final capstone course for the remaining credit.

MPA Fields of Interest (24 Credits): In consultation with a faculty advisor, students develop a substantive area of expertise by taking a minimum of 24 credits of coursework in a field of interest.  Students may develop their own field (again, in consultation with the faculty advisor), or model their choice on one of the following 11 sample fields:

  • public management 
  • nonprofit management
  • community and regional planning
  • environmental policy
  • education & labor policy
  • health policy
  • transportation policy
  • economic development
  • international development
  • research methods
  • general policy

Internships and Professional Development (3 Credits): There are two components of the MPA internship requirement.  The first is enrollment in the PPPM 623 Professional Development (1 credit).  Students begin the course during orientation week and continue through Fall term of their first year.  Through this course students identify their career goals and develop a plan to prepare themselves to meet the goals.  Students identify summer internship and post-graduation fellowship opportunities, and develop polished resume and cover letters. The second component is completion of an internship.  Internships offer students opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply academic learning, enhance and learn new skills, gain experience, and network with professionals.  Unlike jobs, internships are supervised training experiences with the explicit intent of developing skills.  Internships are highly recommended for all MPA students, and required for those with fewer than two years of relevant professional experience.

MPA Policy Analysis and Applied Research Projects (11 Credits): 48-Hour MPA Project. At the start of the second year, students engage in a 48-hour  project. It is intended to simulate the real world environment where analysts and managers are given short time frames to research a topic that they know little or nothing about. The Capstone Applied Research Project. In their second year of MPA study, students enroll in a two-term terminal project sequence that serves as the synthesizing Capstone of the curriculum. Working as student consultant groups, students conduct real world applied policy or management research for public agencies or nonprofit organizations. A faculty member works closely with each student group on these projects.

Duration: 2 years

Academic Prerequisites: GREs are highly recommended for admission.  The average undergraduate GPA for students in the program is 3.6 and their mean GRE scores are 580 for verbal reasoning, 624 for quantitative reasoning, and 5 for analytical writing. We also accept the GMAT score, but the GRE is preferred.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses required for Completion: 13.8

Number of required Courses: 9.2 one-semester-equivalents

Number of elective courses typically taken: 4.6 one-semester-equivalents

Number of electives offered within program: 53

Comprehensive examination: No

Thesis required: No

Internship required: Yes (for students with less than two years of professional experience). 

International study required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: Yes

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 Oregon courses is found at: The courses listed on the Course Map are those from the required courses plus those listed on the University of Oregon MPA Fields of Interest Course List (at, accessed 9 June 2014).

Course Material Online: Many syllabi are available to the public online at

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Oregon Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of elective courses offered (69) and number of electives typically taken (6), is displayed below.  [See PEACO Algorithm.]  


I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


Source: At, and (accessed 20 May 2014).

Page Created By: Kyle Richardson on 20 May 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 14 June 2014 and Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Oregon MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PPPM 636: Public Policy Analysis (R)
  PPPM 633: Public Management (R)

 Economic Analysis

  EC 540: Public Economics
  EC 523, 524, 525: Econometrics
  PPPM 628: Public Sector Economy (R)

 Quantitative Methods

  PPPM 656: Quantitative Methods in Planning & Public Policy (5R/4)

 Analytic Methods

  GEOG 581: GIScience I
  GEOG 582: GIScience II
  GEOG 597: Qualitative Methods in Geography
  PPPM 525: Project Management
  PPPM 555: Cost Benefit Analysis and Social Policy
  PPPM 657: Research Methods in Public Policy and Management (R)
  PPPM 688: Nonprofit Management Consultancy
  SOC 547: Sociology of Organizations

 Leadership Skills

  PPPM 507: Public Sector Leadership
  OLIS 608: Sustainability Leadership Workshop

 Communication Skills

Multiple Subjects

 Capstone Courses, Internships, Major Projects, Theses, etc.

  PPPM 507: Seminar: Policy Simulation
  PPPM 604: Internship (2x9R/8))
  PPPM 623: Professional Development in Public Administration (R/4)
  PPPM 637: MPA 48-Hour Policy Analysis Project (R/4)
  PPPM 638: MPA Capstone (5R/4)
  PPPM 639: MPA Capstone (5R/4)
  OLIS 607: Professional Paper

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PPPM 518: Introduction to Public Law
  PPPM 552: Public Participation in Diverse Communities
  PPPM 618: Public Sector Theory (R)

 Social and Political Context

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PPPM 629: Public Budget Administration (R)
  PPPM 684: Public and Nonprofit Financial Management (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  PPPM 565: Program Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  EDLD 644: Learning Organizations

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  CRES 510: Nonprofit Law and Management Clinic
  LAW 610: Nonprofit Law
  PPPM 522: Grant Proposal Writing

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  EC 522: Economic Forecasting

 International Development

  INTL 520: International Community Development
  INTL 521: Gender and International Development
  INTL 522: Aid to Developing Countries
  INTL 523: Development and the Muslim World
  INTL 544: Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia
  INTL 545: Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa
  INTL 546 Development and Social Change in Latin America
  SOC 550: Sociology of Developing Areas

 Social Policy and Welfare


  PPPM 560: Health Policy


  EDLD 621: Equity and Achievement
  EDLD 632: Educational Policy Analysis
  EDLD 683 State and Local (Education) Policy
  SOC 591: Sociology of Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

  EC 550: Labor Economics
  EC 551: Issues in Labor Economics
  SOC 546: Issues in Sociology of Work

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  EC 530: Urban and Regional Economics
  EC 532: Economy of the Pacific Northwest
  EC 590: Economic Growth and Development
  EC 591 Issues in Economic Growth and Development
  PPPM 507: Land Development
  PPPM 507: Land Use Policy
  PPPM 507: Seminar: Growth Management
  PPPM 507: Seminar: Real Estate Finance
  PPPM 508: Graphic Design for Planners
  PPPM 532: Urban Revitalization
  PPPM 538: Bicycle Planning
  PPPM 540: Land Use and Growth Management
  PPPM 542: Sustainable Urban Development
  PPPM 545: Green Cities
  PPPM 546: Socioeconomic Development Planning
  PPPM 606: Urban Ecology and Design

 Environment and Sustainability

  PPPM 507: Water and the Built Environment
  PPPM 508: Environmental Impact Assessment
  PPPM 544: Environmental Policy
  OLIS 612: Practicum on Energy and Climate Change
  OLIS 613: Sustainable Design Challenge
  GEOG 565: Environment and Development
  MGMT 610: Sustainable Business Development
  LAW 690: International Environmental Law
  PS 577: International Environmental Politics
  SOC 516: Issues in Sociology of the Environment
  GEOG 563: Geography, Law, and the Environment

 Agriculture and Resources

  BI 575: Freshwater Ecology
  EC 533: Resource and Environmental Economics
  GEOG 525: Hydrology and Water Resources
  PPPM 543: Natural Resources Policy

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  LAW 607: Energy and Law

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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