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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)
Dual Degree Program with Urban Planning and Public Policy (MPP / MCRP)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers' School of Law (JD / MPAP)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers Business School (MBA / MPP)
Dual Degree Program with Graduate School-Newark Division of Global Affairs
( MPP / MS)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers School of Public Health ( MPP / MPH)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers School of Social Work (MPP / MSW)

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Child / Family Policy
Education Policy
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
International Development
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

This program prepares students for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within the public, private, nonprofit, or private for-profit sectors. It seeks to give students conceptual and analytical tools to build their competencies in four areas: public policy, research methods, economics, and politics, as well as training in leadership, values, and ethical behavior that guide the responsible application of these competencies in the field.

A graduate degree in public policy from the Bloustein School prepares students to work skillfully and productively in the exciting field of public policy, whether as a public servant in government, an analyst at a think tank, an advocate at a non-profit, or in a variety of other roles. Students learn to identify public problems, analyze alternatives, and make decisions using tools from many disciplines. When added to the motivation and commitment our students bring to the program, these new skills enable our graduates to make positive and lasting impacts on the world.

Students must complete 48 credits*, including 30 credits* of required course work and 18 elective credits; As part of the elective selections, students must choose 9 credits, or three courses, toward an approved concentration in a substantive policy area, and 9 additional elective credits. There is no thesis requirement. A student must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 in order to graduate. If a student's grade-point average is below a 3.0 at the end of a semester, the student will have one semester to improve the average to 3.0 or greater. During the semester, the student will be on probation. Additionally, a student cannot graduate with more than three courses (9 credits) with grades below a C.


Master of Public Policy students are required to present a three-course (9-credit) concentration to complete their degree requirements. The program currently offers the following policy areas, each advised by a member of the faculty. Students may also design their own concentration, and do so frequently in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Budget and Finance
Labor and Workforce
Non-Profit Management
Political Processes and Institutions
Social Justice
Social Policy and Women's Issues
Urban Policy and Community Development

These concentrations include coursework at the Bloustein School and at the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Students must demonstrate basic competency in their 3-course area of concentration by achieving a B+ or better on average. Students are welcome to design their own concentration of cross-cutting substantive concerns, subject to the approval of the program director.

Courses offered toward the policy area may be drawn from offerings within the public policy program, the Bloustein School, or Rutgers generally, with the permission of the adviser or the program director. Note that students may, because of course scheduling, need to take courses in their policy area during their first year of enrollment.

Students may select courses not formally listed toward their policy area when they are approved by the faculty adviser or program director. Such selections may include independent studies, and it is assumed that such independent studies will normally be conducted under the supervision of the faculty adviser. No courses from the core requirements for the program may be counted toward requirements for the concentration. Some courses may have pre- or co-requisites that students are responsible for identifying and fulfilling.

Dual degrees available:

Dual Degree Program with Urban Planning and Public Policy (MPP / MCRP)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers' School of Law (JD / MPAP)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers Business School (MBA / MPP)
Dual Degree Program with Graduate School-Newark Division of Global Affairs ( MPP / MS)
Dual Degree Program with Rutgers School of Public Health ( MPP / MPH)


Admissions Deadline

The Bloustein School guarantees an application fee waiver, tuition remission and a generous stipend for PPIA Fellows that apply for fall admissions. Please indicate that you are PPIA Fellow in your personal statement, and when you are ready to submit your application, notify us via email at [email protected] This program only admits students for the fall semester. The application deadline to be considered for merit-based awards is January 15th. The final application deadline - without merit-based awards - is May 1st.

Admissions Overview

A complete application consists of all of the following: Online application form Application fee - WAIVED for PPIA Fellows Official transcripts of previous academic work A personal statement Three (3) letters of recommendation Resume GRE scores TOEFL scores (international students only) Certification letter from PPIA confirming successful completion of PPIA JSI Detailed procedures and instructions accompany the application forms. Applications should be filed as early as possible to meet the deadlines listed in the application materials. For any application or program questions please contact us at [email protected]


Contact Information

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

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