Apply for a BA or BS in Planning, Public Policy and Management

  • Application Available: Applications are accepted fall, winter, and spring terms.
  • Application Deadline: Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of Week 4 during fall, winter, and spring terms.
  • Application Decision: The admissions committee meets each term following the Week 4 application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their admission status by the end of Week 6. Admission to the major is effective the following term. 

We strongly encourage applications from individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, ability, religion, veteran status, family status, geographic location, and political beliefs. We recognize that affirmative action and equal opportunity begin with the development of professionals who represent a diversity of ideas and cultures. We encourage applicants who have demonstrated scholarly ability and who have some experience, either paid or volunteer, in public service. 

Preference is given to applicants who have completed a majority of the university’s core education requirements and have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

Plan to apply for admission in the term prior to achieving junior class standing (or have earned 90–105 credits). We'll consider strong applicants who have not yet reached this level on a case-by-case basis. You must apply to the major before earning 30 credits in Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) major courses.

Degree Info: BA or BS in PPPM

Prior to applying for admission to the major, you must take the following courses:

  • Economics 201 (Introduction to Economic Analysis: Microeconomics)
  • At least one of the following must be completed and passed with a letter grade of C- or higher:
    • PPPM 201 Introduction to Public Policy 
    • PPPM 205 Introduction to City Planning
    • PPPM 280 Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

Application Process

To be considered for admission, submit the following materials:

  • Application form: typed, completed, and signed
  • Transcripts: from all colleges and universities attended (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Brief résumé: showing college-level education, employment, and volunteer history (avoid high school experience on résumé)
  • Personal statement: describing your interest in public service, your career goals, and how the PPPM major will support your interests and help you achieve your goals. Limit your statement to two typed, double-spaced pages.

Additional guidelines regarding the personal statement:

  • Career Objectives:  A statement regarding your career objectives is required within the personal statement. For example, explain the areas of public service where you might see yourself working. Your statement will be evaluated in terms of how well these objectives are presented and whether or not they are appropriate to the PPPM program.
  • Communication Skills:  Because communication skills are critical to a professional in public service, preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate these skills. For example, the career objectives statement is used to evaluate an applicant’s writing ability and how effectively the applicant can communicate.

Apply Now: BA or BS in PPPM


Applications are accepted fall, winter, and spring terms. Admission to the major is effective the following term. See Application to the PPPM Major for additional information.

    Applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Monday of week 4 during fall, winter, and spring terms.

    Due to COVID, for fall term, applications will be accepted via email. To apply, submit all required materials in PDF format to Jessica Matthiesen  ( prior to the deadline, which is 5:00 p.m. PDT, October 19, 2020. Don’t worry about signing the form. Please put “PPPM Major Application” in your subject line and be sure all of your materials are attached to your message.

    You are responsible for making sure all application materials reach us prior to the application deadline.

    Please retain a copy of your application materials.

    Concurrent Degree Program

    Currently enrolled undergraduate students interested in completing a concurrent degree program please contact:
    Jessica Matthiesen
    Undergraduate Program Director

    Need Assistance?

    For questions about the application process, please schedule an academic advising appointment with an advisor in College of Design Student Services.

    College of Design Student Services
    105 Lawrence Hall

    Appointments can also be made by logging into Navigate and selecting College of Design Student Services as your location.