What will I learn?

The Hatfield School of Government's leading-edge Master of Public Policy degree is designed to meet the growing demand for public policy professionals. The degree is built on the disciplinary foundations public policy studies within the fields of political science and public administration.

We Offer:

  • Two degree tracks: Policy Analysis and Policy Advocacy and Leadership
  • The opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in a particular policy area
  • Hands-on experience conducting policy work with policy-focused client organizations
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • Access to world-class faculty
  • Full and part-time enrollment options and course planning to accommodate working schedules
  • In-state tuition for students from Western states through the Western Regional Graduate Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


The faculty at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government are world leaders in public management, public policy, and domestic and international politics. Most students draw broadly from faculty within the School and often from faculty in partner units such as Economics and Urban Studies and Planning. Portland, Oregon is one of the most livable and vibrant cities in the U.S. and provides a welcoming environment for students. Those working part-time or with families and professional spouses find the city an ideal location for the successful pursuit of the degree.


Nationwide, demand for graduates in public policy has been growing in response to the need for analysts and leaders who can operate within complex policy environments. One survey finds that among recent MPP graduates 30% work for the federal government, 24% for non-profits, 22% for the private sector, and 17% for state and local governments. Our students generally find employment within these sectors, as well as in public management agencies, politics and political campaigns, policy advocacy organizations, and international and inter-governmental institutions.

Which department am I in?

College of Urban and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$18,117.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway,



97201, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be admitted to PSU for a master’s program, applicants must satisfy University requirements and be accepted by the academic department in which the graduate study will occur. Admission eligibility is based on receipt of a baccalaureate degree equivalent to a United States four-year bachelor's degree from a college or university recognized as an institution of higher education by the Ministry of Education in the relevant country or be regionally accredited within the U.S. Regular Admission: To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA.

For international students

The program seeks candidates with at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall score with minimum subscores of 6.5 in reading and writing

TOEFL score of Paper-based: 550 overall; 22 in writing with 20 in reading and listening

TOEFL score of Internet-based: Minimum overall score of 80 with minimum subscores of 18 in reading and writing

PTE - Academic: 60 overall

Application Deadlines - May 2021

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Portland State University

PSU has been empowering students for 75 years and is known for its sustainability and commitment to social justice.

  • Based in the center of Portland, Oregon
  • One of the nation’s most innovative universities
  • More than 200 degree and certificate programs on offer
  • 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio