For more than 30 years, the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management 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.
Our school 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.
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. 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.
What Graduates Are Saying
"The master's in nonprofit management program strikes a great balance between theory and practice. It is academically rigorous while providing plenty of opportunities to work on tangible projects for nonprofits throughout the community. The broader understanding of the nonprofit sector and management best practices that this program provided helps me in my job on a daily basis."
—Michael Knackstedt, MNM, ’13
Our faculty members are working at the leading edge of their disciplines to address ecological and social challenges and solve real-world problems.
"In my research I focus on understanding how marginalized immigrants are able to improve their neighborhoods in the face of large-scale redevelopment that historically has threatened and displaced communities of color...I try to understand and explain how these communities rely on their social, financial, political, and cultural forms of capital to increase their agency to help these neighborhoods thrive."
—Gerardo Sandoval, Associate Professor
We provide the skills and mentorship needed for our students to tackle complex global challenges and positively affect the people, communities, and environments around them. Our Student Services Hub provides a robust set of tools and trainings to empower our students to take strategic steps toward their professional careers.