At the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), we create informed students who go on to create a better world. Each of our programs encourages students to raise their voices, call out injustice, and work toward making the world a better place. 

We are located in a city that likes to tackle problems head-on and share what we find with the rest of the world. Portland routinely has visitors from all over the world who want to learn from our creative solutions to complex problems. Our city encourages innovative policy reform, people-focused planning, and civic-mindedness, and CUPA has played an active role in the city’s evolution. 

CUPA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Politics & Global Affairs, Public Administration, and Urban Studies & Planning.


Upcoming events

MS in Political Science - Virtual Info Session

LEARN ABOUT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY'S POLITICAL SCIENCE MASTER'S PROGRAM!Interested in politics and unsure what you want to do after you graduate? Consider applying to PSU's Political Science Master's Program! We offer personalized, 1-on-1 attention to help you find and prepare for your...

Housing Land Advocates Annual Conference

The last half decade has seen a flurry of reforms to how housing is planned and built in Oregon. But even as our toolkit has expanded, our needs have never been higher. This year, we will be talking about meaningful solutions to our most pressing housing production challenges.HLA's annual...

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CUPA graduates go on to become the next generation of leaders, makers, dreamers and doers. Your contribution supports our students by providing scholarships, hardship funds, and other resources that help them proceed toward the ultimate goal of graduation. Your gift to CUPA will help shape the future of our students—and your community.