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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy serves as one of the nation\'s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the school capitalizes on the strength and resources of this major research university. The Bloustein School reaches to the larger world beyond the realm of academia to contribute to the regional, national, and international communities.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP)
Master of Public Affairs and Politics and Juris Doctorate (MPAP/JD), joint program with Rutgers University School of Law at Camden and Newark
Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration (MPP/MBA), joint program with Rutgers University Graduate School of Management
Master of Public Policy and Master of City and Regional Planning (MPP/MCRP), joint program with the Bloustein School\'s Urban Planning Program
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy
Bachelor of Science in Public Policy (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Planning and Public Policy (B.S.)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Education Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

The Bloustein School graduate public policy program, accredited by NASPAA, has world renowned expertise in social policy, community development and many other areas. It is designed to fill the need for highly trained individuals to work on complex public policy problems. Students develop and refine their competence in analytic and quantitative skills, forming a thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are formulated and implemented.

Students are given the opportunity to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development and implementation of policy analyses in program-directed applied field and practicum experiences. In these settings, students work for real-life clients as part of their applied field experiences and practicum projects.

Admissions Deadline

January 15 for scholarship consideration; Final deadline for all applications May 1.

Admissions Overview

Applications for the Bloustein School\'s Program in Public Policy are accepted for fall term admission only. A complete application consists of the application online form, the application fee, official transcripts of previous academic work, a personal statement, three (3) letters of recommendation, resume, and official test scores. Bloustein School faculty review all components of the application carefully and select applicants whose previous academic performance will ensure success in an intensive graduate program. The school considers qualitative as well as quantitative factors. All admissions decisions are informed judgments based on the applicant\'s previous academic performance, standardized test scores, experience and achievement, recommendations, and other relevant data.

Contact Information

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ

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