Committed to public service, contributing to change

Rutgers1The 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.

The Bloustein School is one of the premier institutions of its kind, serving as host to several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs. Many of these centers offer continuing education and training programs for government officials, nonprofit leaders, and career professionals, enabling the school to broaden its outreach endeavors.

Research Centers and Institutes:

  • Bloustein Center for Survey Research
  • National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy
  • Rutgers3_buildingRutgers Center for Green Building
  • Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk
  • Rutgers Regional Report / State Data Center
  • Center for Urban Policy Research
  • Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
  • John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development


  • Bloustein Local Government Research Center
  • Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development Initiative
  • National Transit Institute
  • New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative
  • Rutgers Economic Advisory Service

Rutgers4_classroomThe Bloustein School’s Program in Public Policy is proud of its commitment to the careful analytical evaluation of public policies. For the second year in a row, the Bloustein School’s MPP program was ranked #1 by for its high caliber instruction, student support, and smaller, more personal cohort-based class sizes. The school is committed to the evaluation of policies designed to alleviate inequality and is particularly focused on urban policy, being fortunate to have one of the top urban planning schools in the country located in the same building.  The school recently announced a new concentration in urban policy and community development to highlight this aspect of our program.

Inequality is all over the news.  The President has mentioned it and scholars and politicians have come up with myriad solutions to this vexing problem.  At the Bloustein School, we have numerous professors who examine various programs designed to help society’s least fortunate.  We also are proud of our work in policy areas related to lifting people out of poverty such as health policy, labor policy—we are home to the nationally renowned Heldrich Center for Workforce Development—and education policy.

The Public Policy program at the Bloustein School is a small but growing program.  Our students enjoy attention from professors who are devoted to their roles both as teachers and as mentors.  As a small program in a large university—Rutgers recently joined the BIG 10 and Committee on Institutional Cooperation—we can offer students the advantages of individual attention coupled with many options for expanding their courses of study.  Located a short train ride from Washington, DC and an even shorter ride to New York City, our students enjoy access to employment opportunities in exciting cutting-edge organizations.

Rutgers2We are looking for students with a deep-seated commitment to public service as well as sharp analytical and open minds. We work with these committed students in our Master of Public Policy program to hone their skills and ensure that upon graduation, they are able to maximize their contributions to the city, state, or country that they intend to serve.

Dual-degree options with law, urban planning, global affairs, and business are also available. Because of our respect for the PPIA program, we guarantee tuition remission and a generous stipend for PPIA Fellows that apply.

If you have any questions about the deadline, application process, or academic programs, please contact us at or 848-932-4008. Ask about setting up a visit to the Bloustein School!