Graduate Fields of Interest

Many students who come to the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management are interested in focusing on a specific area of study. Listed below are some of the common areas of study taken through elective classes. You should refer to specific descriptions within each degree program.

Community Development

The Community Development field of interest is for students who want to work with cities, small towns, or rural communities to help advance social equity, generate appropriate jobs and create community well-being.

Offered by:
Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Land Use and Built Environment

The Land Use and Built Environment field of interest is for students who want to learn about the physical planning of cities and neighborhoods, including the need to balance demand for housing and community development with community goals.

Offered by:  Master of Community and Regional Planning

Nonprofit Management

The Nonprofit Management field of interest is for students who would like to lead and manage nonprofit organizations, raise funds, and work in creative ways to solve a range of pressing issues

Offered by:  Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Public Administration

Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability field of interest is for students who are interested in the policies and plans that affect our natural environment and ecological systems. This may include work in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.

Offered by:
Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Public Involvement

The Public Involvement field of interest is for students who would like to study the processes and techniques for engaging or empowering the public in decisions that affect communities, states and regions.

Offered by:  Master of Community and Regional Planning

Marketing and Development

The Marketing and Development field of interest is for students wanting to work in development (fundraising) or advancement in the nonprofit sector.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Social Entrepreneurship

The Social Entrepreneurship field of interest is for students seeking closer links to social enterprise and social good businesses, or focused on developing fee-based commercial enterprise within nonprofit organizations.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Equity/Social Justice

The Equity/Social Justice field of interest is for students targeting advocacy careers with a range of organizations. Students may also obtain the Women and Gender Studies certificate to fulfill field of interest credits.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Public Policy

The Public Policy field of interest is for students wishing to influence government and legislative decision making through evidence based policy evaluation, analysis and interpretation.

Offered by: 
Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Public Management

The Public Management field of interest is for students interested in management within public organizations at the local, state and federal level.

Offered by:  Master of Public Administration

Arts and Cultural Leadership

The Arts and Cultural Leadership field of interest is for students seeking careers in managing arts and culture organizations in the performing arts, community arts, arts in healthcare, and museums; or in the role of these organizations in communities and policy.

Offered by: 
Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

International Development

The International Development field of interest is for students seeking or continuing careers with international organizations, humanitarian organizations, and aid to developing countries.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Education, Labor, and Social Services

The Education, Labor, and Social Services field of interest is for students who would like to pursue work related to private educational institutions, health-related nonprofit agencies, or any social services devoted to children, teens, substance abuse, housing, and so on. Students might also be interested in completing the Graduate Specialization in Disability Studies.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Public Relations and Advocacy

The Public Relations and Advocacy field of interest is for students headed for careers in organizations that seek to inform, persuade, and change behaviors of the public and elected officials.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Food Studies

The University of Oregon has a graduate specialization in food studies, providing a unique collection of interdisciplinary coursework in local and global food systems and food justice.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Transportation

The Transportation field of interest is for students wishing to learn about the policies and plans affecting transportation policy and planning, including the role of transit, walking and biking and emerging issues of ride sharing and autonomous vehicles.

Offered by:  Master of Community and Regional Planning  Master of Public Administration

Research Methods

The Research Methods field of interest is for students interested in the analysis and interpretation of data for a range of government and non-government organizations involved in policy, planning or advocacy.

Offered by:  Master of Public Administration