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Public Administration Degrees in Oregon with Course Summaries

Research public administration courses in Oregon, with three colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for these schools and decide which is right for you.

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Essential Information

The study of public administration encompasses economics, statistics, budgeting, financial management, administrative law, human resources management and ethics within the public sector. Students in Oregon may choose from awards ranging from bachelor's to doctoral degrees and including graduate certificates in or related to public administration. Some programs require the completion of capstone projects in addition to traditional, classroom-based curriculum.

Find detailed information about each of the programs in public administration available in Oregon and the schools that host them below.


Portland State University

The 60-credit MPA program can be taken with a specialization in nonprofit management, natural resources policy and administration, human resource management, local government or global leadership and management. There is also an MPA:HA (Health Administration) degree program that prepares graduates for positions in public service and health care management.

Portland State also offers a 45-credit Executive MPA designed for individuals who have at least 10 years' experience. An interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in public affairs and policy features four areas of focus: public administration and policy, politics and public policy, community health and social change, and criminology and criminal justice.

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon in Eugene offers a bachelor's degree program in planning, public policy and management that introduces the student to the methods with which governments and other organizations deal with public problems. Coursework includes management and policy issues and explores the social, economic and environmental issues communities face and the best systems available to deal with those issues. A 72-credit MPA program is also available that emphasizes practical public management issues. Students choose from among ten focus areas, including planning, education and labor policy; economic development and others. Within the MPA, students work on both short- and long-term capstone projects. A nonprofit management certificate may be earned alongside the MPA.

Willamette University

A private, nonprofit university, Willamette is located in Salem, Oregon. Willamette offers a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in public and nonprofit management in which students learn about business management tools for resolving issues in public and nonprofit organizations. The program provides both an analytical and a general management track, along with ten interest areas that include accounting, sustainability management and finance. Students can also choose from five MBA formats, including a joint MBA/JD, an accelerated MBA and a BA/MBA combined degree. Because of its proximity to state offices, students have unique opportunities for direct relationships with various government and nonprofit entities.

The university also offers an eight-course certificate program in public management for students with undergraduate degrees who are already managing public entities. After receiving this certificate, students may transfer credits to one of the regular MBA programs.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Degree and Certificate Programs Tuition & Fees 2015-2016
Portland State University 4-year, public; large city Master of Public Administration,
MPA and Health Administration,
Executive MPA,
Ph.D. in Public Affairs & Policy
In-state $14,100, out-of-state $21,300 (graduate)*
University of Oregon 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Arts or Science in Planning, Public Policy and Management,
Master of Public Administration,
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
In-state $10,289, out-of-state $32,024 (undergraduate),
In-state $16,040, out-of-state $25,949 (graduate)
Willamette University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city Certificate in Public Management,
MBA with emphasis in public and non-for-profit management,
MBA/JD,
BA/MBA
$37,780 (graduate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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