Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Ronald L. Tammen, Director

650 Urban Center


The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is dedicated to improving governance through the integration of theory and practice. Scholarly inquiry is the foundation of the school's global programs that focus on public service, social justice, and governance. The School of Government is one of three schools within the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

Locally renowned, the Hatfield School has also gained national prestige as one of the top 50 Public Affairs graduate programs in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings. Whether starting or advancing a career in public service, the Hatfield School has undergraduate, graduate, PhD, certificate and continuing education programs that allow students the flexibility to tailor their education to pursue their passions.

The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is home to PSU’s Criminology & Criminal Justice, Political Science and Public Administration divisions. Although each program is distinct, their location under one roof affords students the unique opportunity for collaborative multi-disciplinary study.

With an interdisciplinary focus, the Hatfield School offers two Ph.D. programs, as well as a Master's in Public Policy:  

The School consists of three academic divisions:

and six institutes: