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Oregon State University (OSU) offers the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and PhD in Public Policy to graduate students interested in energy policy, environmental policy, international policy, law and crime policy, science and technology policy, social policy and rural policy. The degrees are offered by faculty in the Economics, Political Science and Sociology Programs in the School of Public Policy. MPP and PhD students can also design programs of study with faculty in such colleges as Agricultural Sciences, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Earth Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Science.

OSU is home to world class scientists working on many issues significant to 21st century citizens. As populations continue to become more connected, interdependent and diverse, these issues promise to affect us more broadly, more quickly, and with more impact than ever before. New forms of governance and problem solving are being tested and studied at OSU to address these issues. As interdisciplinary programs, the MPP and PhD are uniquely positioned to integrate groundbreaking science into emerging policies, practices and understandings of the world that will impact and influence local, regional and international policy decisions.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy
PhD in Public Policy

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Criminal Justice Policy Management
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
Social Policy / Poverty

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia

Graduate Program Overview

The mission of Oregon State University is rooted in the land-grant university tradition of creating and discovering knowledge in service to the public good. As an OSU graduate student, you will join this dynamic mission where the most lively and rigorous minds of several generations work to create new technologies, revive traditional industries, conserve our natural resources, inform public policy, and enrich the cultural life of Oregon and the world. As you look into applying for graduate studies at OSU, we encourage you to contact the Graduate School, faculty, current students, and alumni to learn more about the graduate experience at Oregon State University.

Admissions Deadline

March 1 for MPP
February 15 for PhD

Admissions Overview

Admission decisions are based on many factors, such as the quality of the applicant’s prior academic degree and record of accomplishment, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant’s academic work, performance in aptitude and achievement tests, relevant work experience, preparation in the proposed field of study, and the connection of the applicant’s academic goals with faculty research interests.

Contact Information

Bexell Hall 300, Oregon State University
Covallis, OR

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