There’s more than just the MURP program

Portland State offers many opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience beyond the MURP program. 

We offer additional degree programs that can complement your MURP, including:

Centers in the College of Urban and Public Affairs and campus-wide offer opportunities for engagement in research, practice, and learning.


Portland State just announced two new centers focused on solving some of Portland’s biggest challenges. The Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative will be co-lead by Urban Studies and Planning professor Dr. Marisa Zapata and will address the challenges

of homelessness here in Portland and beyond through research and evidence-based science that uncovers conditions that lead to homelessness. The Coll

aborative’s goal is to help reduce homelessness and its negative impacts on individuals, families and communities, bringing together the expertise and skills of each of the university’s colleges and schools, with people experiencing homelessness, advocates, service providers, city and county policymakers and other stakeholders. The Digital City Testbed Center establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city innovation can be carefully tested before being deployed in communities at large. A primary goal is to balance the promise of new technologies against concerns about security, equity, ethics and possible monopolization.

TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University, produces timely, practical research useful to transportation decision makers and supports the education of future transportation professionals through curriculum development and student participation in research. TREC is led by Urban Studies and Planning professor Dr. Jennifer Dill.

The Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) was created to better connect the university to issues of concern to communities in the six-county Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Area, and to bring new attention to key issues of metropolitan significance. The Population Research Center (PRC) provides population data, information, research, and analysis for Oregon and its communities. Faculty from both IMS and PRC teach in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, including Dr. Jason Jurjevich, PRC’s Director.

The Institute on Aging is dedicated to enhancing understanding of aging and facilitating opportunities for elders, families, and communities to thrive. The Institute’s faculty, who are prominent leaders in the field of aging and gerontology, prepare students for leadership and success through interdisciplinary learning and applied experience.

The Center for Urban Studies promotes and facilitates research and community service for faculty and students within the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. It also houses Community Environmental Services, which uses cutting-edge research, best practices, and our own hands to help organizations reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.

The Northwest Economic Research Center (NERC) conducts economic research to support public policy and private objectives in the State of Oregon and the Greater Portland Metropolitan area. Recent studies have looked at deconstruction, the regional economic outlook, and industrial developmentDr. Jenny Liu is the Assistant Director of NERC.

And there’s more. Check out all the centers and institutes within our College.

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