University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Prospective Students

Rich MargerumWhy Oregon?

For over thirty years, PPPM and its predecessor programs have been offering students training in rigorous, professional programs. Our graduates work around the world for national, state and local governments, for nonprofit organizations and in the private sector. Why do students come to the University of Oregon?

Community. Our department has a great sense of community. For graduate students, this begins in your first year with a retreat in the Cascade Mountains and continues with small classes and supportive faculty. Our community not only makes your time in Eugene enjoyable, but also provides you with a network of colleagues that you may continue to interact with throughout your career.

Innovation. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have an international reputation for innovation in planning and public policy, providing an ideal setting to learn and work. Furthermore, the community of professionals is very accessible and approachable.

Real World. Our teaching, degree programs and research are applied to the real world problems facing society. In the classroom you will work on projects for agencies and organizations that give you highly valued professional experience and often provide connections for the job market.

Rigor. You will work hard in our degree programs, whether it is a 48-hour policy project, a Community Planning Workshop project, a research paper, or class assignment. You will also be joining high achieving students who have come to Eugene to be part of the Oregon experience.

Flexibility. Our degree programs offer flexibility depending on your background and your career goals. Our concentrations draw on coursework from departments across the University, opening up options of uniquely tailored programs.

Concurrent Degrees. The PPPM Department offers a wide range of dual degrees within the Department and with programs in Law, Business, Environmental Studies, Ecological Design, Political Science, Geography, Art and Administration, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and many others.

These factors create an incredible atmosphere of energy and activity that I have not seen at any other university where I have taught or studied. If you think we fit your goals and aspirations, I encourage you to look into our graduate or undergraduate programs.

Richard Margerum

Dr. Richard D. Margerum

Professor and Department Head


Last revised on August 2, 2016