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 soon after 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, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. 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 general-education group 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 PPPM major courses.

Undergraduate Program Handbook

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 educational, employment, and volunteer history
  • 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 to 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.

    Deliver application materials to Jessica Matthiesen, PPPM undergraduate program director, in 121B Hendricks Hall.

    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 appointment with Michelle Garibay, PPPM undergraduate academic advisor, by calling 541-346-2621 or stopping by Student Services in Lawrence Hall 105. Appointments can also be made by logging into SSC Campus and selecting College of Design Student Services as your location.

    Michelle A. Garibay
    Undergraduate Academic Advisor
    School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
    College of Design Student Services
    105 Lawrence Hall