Graduate Fields of Interest

Many students who come to the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) are interested in focusing on a specific area of study or field of interest. Listed below are some of the common ones students can pursue through elective classes. Refer to specific descriptions within each degree program.

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 these organizations play in communities and policy. Ways to explore this field of interest include the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management and the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.

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

Community Development

Interested in working with cities, small towns, or rural communities to help advance social equity, generate appropriate jobs, and create community well-being? Then this field of interest may be for you. 

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

Education, Labor, and Social Services

Would you like to pursue work related to private educational institutions, health-related nonprofit agencies, or any social services devoted to children, teens, substance abuse, or housing? Then explore this field of interest.

You might also want to investigate the Graduate Specialization in Disability Studies, administered through the UO's College of Arts and Sciences.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management  Master of Public Administration

Equity/Social Justice

This field of interest is for students targeting advocacy careers with a range of organizations. You may also obtain the Women and Gender Studies certificate to fulfill field of interest credits.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Environmental Sustainability

This field of interest addresses 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

Food Studies

The UO offers 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

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

Land Use and Built Environment

If you 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, you might consider this field of interest.

Offered by:  Master of Community and Regional Planning

Marketing and Development

This field is for students wanting to work in development, fundraising, or advancement in the nonprofit sector.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management

Consider this if you're interested in leading and managing nonprofit organizations, raising funds, and working in creative ways to solve a range of pressing issues.

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

Public Involvement

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

Public Management

Interested in management within public organizations at the local, state, or federal level? Check out this field of interest.

Offered by:  Master of Public Administration

Public Policy

Want to influence government and legislative decision-making through evidence-based policy evaluation, analysis, and interpretation? Explore public policy.

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

Public Relations and Advocacy

Headed for a career in an organization that seeks to inform, persuade, and change behaviors of the public and elected officials? Then discover PR and advocacy.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Research Methods

If you're interested in analyzing and interpreting data for a range of government and non-government organizations involved in policy, planning, or advocacy, explore this field of interest.

Offered by:  Master of Public Administration

Social Entrepreneurship

If you're looking for closer links to social enterprise and social good businesses, or focused on developing fee-based commercial enterprise within nonprofit organizations, Social Entrepreneurship may be the right area for you.

Offered by:  Master of Nonprofit Management

Transportation

This field of interest is great if you're looking to learn about the factors 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