Make the World a Better Place

In the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM), you'll explore ways that governments, nonprofit organizations, and other institutions address some of the most important problems facing society. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest have an international reputation for innovation in planning and public policy, providing an ideal setting in which to learn and work. PPPM builds off this region’s international reputation for livability, urban planning, and innovative policy as we strive to make the world a better place.

Our faculty expertise spans a range of areas. Our flexible programs allow you to develop an area of specialty using courses from across the university. As a result, you can focus your studies in a range of different areas including:

  • Community Development
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Public Management
  • Land Use and Built Environment
  • Food Studies
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Arts Management
  • Economic Development
  • International Development
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Ecological Design

Sense of Community

Planning, Public Policy and Management is a strong and active community, where you can easily engage with faculty, professionals, and government officials, and take on leadership roles that allow you to have an impact on the department and the community. Our community provides you with a network of colleagues you will continue to interact with throughout your education and beyond.

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The Student Experience

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Our degree programs offer flexibility depending on your background and career goals. Our concentrations draw on coursework from departments across the UO, opening up options of uniquely tailored programs. The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management also offers a wide range of dual degrees within the school and with programs in Law, Business, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Geography, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and many others.

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We encourage you to visit us to learn more about our programs and meet current faculty and students. You can attend one of our scheduled open houses, or at other times that match your travel schedule.

Success Story

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Robert Tan, Bachelor of Science, '12

Our graduates work around the world for national, state, and local governments; for nonprofit organizations; and in the private sector.

Tan landed a job as Brownfields Project Manager with the Office of Environmental Cleanup in the EPA’s regional office in Seattle. He had a job nailed down with the EPA even before he graduated. 

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Upcoming Events

Free Admission Weekend!
Free Admission Weekend! Jan 19
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
WHAT’S MISSING in the College of Design?
WHAT’S MISSING in the College of Design?Jan 31
3:30 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
College of Design Recruitment Fair
College of Design Recruitment FairFeb 14
11:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Books by Design with Jenny Young
Books by Design with Jenny YoungFeb 28
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
"Aesthetics of Gentrification" SLOWLAB Conference
"Aesthetics of Gentrification" SLOWLAB ConferenceApr 5
9:00 a.m.
White Stag Block

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