PhD in Planning and Public Affairs

Note: This program has been approved by the University of Oregon Senate, UO Board of Trustees, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Pending final approvals, this program will begin accepting applications for a fall 2020 start. Additional information about the PhD program and application process will be posted upon final program approval.

The UO PhD program in Planning and Public Affairs trains students to conduct rigorous, original research to inform scholarship, policy, and practice. The program focuses on three, cutting-edge research areas that are strengths among the PPPM faculty. An overarching key theme of our program is engaged and applied scholarship, which builds on our international reputation for integrating research, teaching, and service.

Educational Objectives

Our primary goal is to train graduates to make a significant difference in their chosen endeavor. There are several objectives of the program:

  • Develop competency in a professional field
  • Develop skills in research methods appropriate to a field and research area
  • Develop teaching skills in a range of contexts
  • Develop the professional skills for an academic and/or research career:
    • Engaging with communities and clients
    • Skills in writing for journals and grant proposals
    • Career development strategies

Disciplinary Tracks (choose one)

Each doctoral candidate must choose a primary disciplinary track that aligns with the teaching and research field they intend to engage. Tracks provide you with the core classes and training necessary for you to teach and conduct research for academic and research careers.

  1. Community and regional planning
  2. Nonprofit and arts management
  3. Public administration and public policy

Research Concentration Areas (choose one)

To be admitted to the program, students will need to choose one of three research concentrations, which are based on faculty expertise and important emerging areas of need in the field. These concentrations are structured around PPPM Research Groups, which are intended to create a community of students, PPPM faculty, UO faculty, and partner organizations interested in these topic areas.

  1. Access and equity
  2. Philanthropy and social enterprise
  3. UrbanismNext (sustainable transportation)