PhD in Planning and Public Affairs Program: Learn More at Our Open House on December 11, 2023 (Univ of Oregon)

University of Oregon

PhD in Planning and Public Affairs Program

Learn More at Our Open House on December 11, 2023 

The PhD in Planning and Public Affairs Program at the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) will hold a virtual open house on Monday, December 11, 2023, from 1:00-2:00 pm Pacific (GMT-8:00). Interested students can join to learn more about our (fairly) new program and ask questions before the admissions deadline of January 15, 2024. To register for the open house, click on the Qualtrics link ( and complete the form. Please read on for more information on the PhD program.

Degree Overview

PPPM’s PhD program in Planning and Public Affairs prepares students to conduct rigorous, original research to inform scholarship, policy, and practice. The program is designed for students to conduct research on one of three cutting-edge research concentrations that are strengths among the PPPM faculty. An overarching key theme of the program is engaged and applied scholarship, which builds on our international reputation for integrating research, teaching, and service. To apply for the program, candidates must choose a disciplinary track, research concentration, and potential advisors. See below for more information.

  1. Students Choose a Disciplinary Track

As a doctoral candidate, you must choose a primary disciplinary track that aligns with your future projected teaching and research field. The purpose of a disciplinary track is to demonstrate general competency in a professional discipline that will make graduates more competitive in the job market. Tracks provide the core classes and training necessary for you to teach and conduct research for academic and research careers. Options for disciplinary tracks are:

  1. Students Choose a Research Concentration

To be admitted to the program, you must also choose at least one research concentration, or opt for a dual concentration. Concentration options are based on faculty expertise and important emerging areas of need in the field. Options for concentrations are*:

*Students can combine any of these two options for a dual concentration

  1. Students Choose Potential Advisors

Students must identify two potential advisors from the participating faculty as part of their application process. View advisor options, and more information about how to apply to the PhD program, at this link:


The zoom link to join the virtual open house is:

Meeting ID: 984 3773 3661

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