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Portland State University

Department of Public Administration

Portland, OR

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Overview

Portland State University / Department of Public Administration is located in Portland, OR, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Nonprofit management
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Public affairs and policy
(Certificate) Nonprofit and public management
(Certificate) Collaborative governance
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Human resource management
(Certificate) Energy policy and management
Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) Public administration
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Local government
(Certificate) Sustainable food systems
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Global management and leadership
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Natural resource policy and administration
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Health administration

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 64
Doctoral Degrees 2

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (minimum scores: verbal 150, quantitative 149, and analytic writing 4.5)
Integrative field experience (MPA), practicum (MPH)
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

138
Applied
113
Accepted
67
Enrolled
82%

Applying

65
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline August 15th August 15th No
Winter deadline October 31st October 31st No
Spring deadline January 31st January 31st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE (minimum scores: verbal 150, quantitative 149, and analytic writing 4.5)
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3 recommendation letters, resume, 500-word statement of intent
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements 3 recommendation letters, resume, 500-word personal essay

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

205
Total Graduate Students
8%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.78%
Black or African American 1.46%
White or Caucasian 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1.95%
Asian 3.9%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.98%
Two or more races 5.37%
Unknown 3.41%

Gender

Male (37%)
Female (62%)

Faculty

23
Total faculty
Full-time - 14
Part-time - 9
Male (12)
Female (11)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Public budgeting, program evaluation, nonprofit management, natural resources policy and administration
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
388,463

Location & Contact

Address PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751
United States
Contact Dr. Masami Nishishiba
Chair
Email: nishism@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-5151

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