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Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

New Brunswick, NJ


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Public Policy Master's Program

The primary objective of the M.P.P. degree program is to prepare students for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors. The M.P.P. degree program is normally a two-year degree program for full-time students. Applicants directly from their bachelor's degree program or with a few years of work experience are encouraged to apply to the M.P.P. degree program. 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 nine credits, or three courses, toward an approved concentration in a substantive policy area, and nine 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 (nine credits) with grades below a C.


Master of Public Policy students are required to present a three-course (nine-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 concentrations, and do so frequently in consultation with their faculty advisers. Each student must demonstrate basic competency in his or her three-course area of concentration by achieving a B+ or better on average. Students are welcome to design their own concentrations 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 areas during their first years 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.

Urban Planning Master's Degree Program

The Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degree program is generally recognized as the professional degree in the field. The M.C.R.P. degree program prepares students for practice in planning as well as policy and program development through a curriculum designed to develop an understanding of the linkages between the social, economic, and political factors of urban society and the physical and environmental framework of regions and communities. The program requires two years of full-time coursework, with a total of 48 credits earned during that time. Reflecting the school's philosophy of providing an interdisciplinary approach for each student, a minimum of 24 elective credits is included in the 48-credit total.

Urban Planning and Policy Development Concentrations

Six issue-oriented concentrations, or specialties, reflect the strengths of the faculty members in the urban planning and policy development program. These concentrations include the core of general courses, but go beyond that broad foundation of skills, awareness, and understanding to explore more deeply the scope of specific planning issues. They allow more detailed examinations of the dimensions, questions, conflicts, and impacts addressed by the professional as well as by the researcher. They encourage recognition of common elements that resonate between and among various problems, policies, and programs. Courses in each concentration are grouped into "required" and "recommended" categories. The program requires that any student who wants to specialize in a particular area takes proper courses as outlined under each concentration. Additional courses taken in that area will depend upon the student's particular interest and can be selected, with the help of advisers, from among the listed recommended and relevant courses or from other courses recommended by area advisers. These concentrations cover areas of substantial strength within the program and school. There also are other feasible concentrations, such as information technology. Students who want to blend two concentrations to design their own programs can do so and should speak with their faculty advisers and the area advisers. All required and most recommended courses for these concentrations are offered through the program and other units of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Additional recommended courses are offered within the university, in the Departments of Landscape Architecture, and include, among others: "Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics;" "Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources;" "Environmental Sciences;" and "Geography." Courses also may be found at Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Urban Planning and Policy Development Certificates Programs

A certificate is a grouping of five or so courses, offered by key, multiple departments, that if taken, indicate that the student has developed cross-disciplinary expertise in a particular subject area. Certificates can be awarded by any of the participating departments or programs. Each participating department, school, or program has a coordinator for the certificate. The certificate differs from a concentration in that multiple Rutgers departments or schools are involved in the certificate.

Health Administration Masters Program

- Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA)

- Traditional Master of Health Administration (MHA)

Health Administration is rapidly growing throughout the country. Many leaders are retiring, leaving a void of leadership in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies. A career in Health Administration can lead to a leadership position that will guide the next generation of healthcare providers into a new and reformed age. One of the biggest advantages of the Rutgers MHA program is their faculty. They have selected world-class professionals in the healthcare industry that all have substantial real-world experience. Most are actively advancing healthcare every day. Furthermore, as an RI research university, Rutgers has developed close relationships with organizations throughout the region, putting them ahead of their competitors. Their senior faculty recommends an MHA if a student's goal is to be a healthcare leader. The Rutgers MHA degree gives students a competitive edge over their peers. Their courses are designed to equip students with practical formulas to address today's most prevalent healthcare issues.

The Rutgers MHA offers a flexible approach that focuses on developing a range of core competencies. Students will learn from the best too: their expert faculty includes leaders who are helping to solve real-world problems health care organizations grapple with every day. They know how to find solutions, and bring that knowledge to the classroom.

The Executive MHA Program is tailored for the health professional with at least five years of experience. Their newly designed curriculum presents information in four sequential, nine-credit modules or clusters--courses grouped together in common themes and two experiential summers. At the start of each module, cohorts take on a complex health care problem and collaboratively create innovative solutions.

The Traditional Master of Health Administration degree at the Bloustein School provides students with an interdisciplinary education focused on improving health care, health systems, and policy. While students have the same rigorous training in economics, law, ethics, leadership and other disciplines that they'd get in an MBA curriculum, the Rutgers MHA is specifically tailored to the health care sector.

GRE scores are not required for applying to both the Traditional and Executive MHA programs.

Public Informatics Masters Program - Master of Public Informatics (MPI)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2014-24 job outlook for data analysts is expected to grow by 30% (much faster than the average), with almost 28,000 new jobs needing to be filled in this area. Management analysts will add an additional 103,400 jobs (a 14% increase). A report by the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President stated “…a national Big Data innovation ecosystem needs a strong community of practitioners across Federal agencies to facilitate rapid innovation, ensure long-term propagation of ideas, and provide maximal return on research investments.”

In addition, prospective employers routinely express interest in students to fill positions related to public informatics. The following organizations have recently posted job openings with the Bloustein School’s Student and Academic Services Office and Rutgers University that require a public informatics background:

• Applied Energy Group
• Deloitte
• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
• Federal Transit Administration
• Johnson and Johnson
• Mathematica Policy Research
• Port Authority of New York New Jersey
• United Nations
• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Bloustein School’s Master of Public Informatics program provides the vehicle for educating professional student cohorts in the competencies needed in public informatics: context, statistics, programming, data management, data analytics, visualization, spatial analysis, applications and the integration of these skills. Graduates of the new program will bring a critical voice and a deep understanding of context to an emerging field.

The Master of Public Informatics program is suitable for students with undergraduate degrees in any field. Applicants must demonstrate competency in one or more programming languages and skills in data management (with coursework, work experience, or by examination). Students with appropriate backgrounds may substitute more advanced courses* for topics already mastered.

It is anticipated that full-time students may complete the 36 credit hours required for the degree in three (3) semesters (18 months).

Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy in Planning and Public Policy degree program, offered through the Graduate School-New Brunswick, is an advanced scholarly degree appropriate for students seeking a career in university teaching and research or a leadership position in planning and public policy in the public, private or non-profit sector. Admission to the Ph.D. degree program requires a formal application with supporting documents, a full resume, and evidence of research ability. All applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the doctoral program. In most cases, only applicants who have completed master's degrees or their equivalents are considered for admission. In rare instances, exceptional students may be considered after they receive their bachelor's degrees or, for students enrolled in Bloustein School master's degree programs, after completion of 12 credits of graduate coursework. The number of students admitted to doctoral study is dependent on 1) the number of applicants who display a high level of performance and 2) the faculty members' capacity to provide high quality supervision in the students' areas of interest. Completion of the doctoral degree generally takes a minimum of four to five years. Student progress toward the degree is reviewed each semester by the doctoral faculty members as part of a broad program of student advising, networking, and mentoring between faculty members and students and among doctoral student peers. There is no requirement for full-time residency and no language requirement, except at the discretion of the students' dissertation committees. However, each semester prior to their qualifying examinations, students must register for at least six course work credits (usually equivalent to two classes). Bloustein School doctoral students have received a wide variety of awards and fellowships, and graduates have obtained senior positions in universities, research centers, governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Application Deadlines and Admission

Applications, whether degree or non-degree, are collected by the Rutgers University Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and then dispersed to individual schools like the Bloustein School for review and decision. Potential students need to apply through the university graduate admissions office and submit to them all application materials before the school will review those credentials for admission. General deadlines for applications:

MCRP / MCRS, MPP / MPAP – January 15th deadline for Fall admission for merit / academic-based financial aid consideration, final deadline May 1st - no merit / academic-based financial aid consideration

MCRP / MCRS, MPP / MPAP – November 1st deadline for Spring admission (no merit / academic-based financial aid consideration)

Ph.D. – December 15th application deadline for Fall admission. No spring admission.

MHA – November 1st deadline for Spring admission. July 1st deadline for Fall admission.

MPI – July 1st for Fall admission.

Some people know exactly what they want to study; others want to explore the options before selecting their path. Whatever your approach, they can help you find your way to Rutgers and through the application process.

New Brunswick -- Home to Rutgers -- Bloustein School

Nearly 20 years ago, the university realized Dr. Bloustein's vision that Rutgers University would one day occupy a physical position in the cultural and economic hub of New Brunswick, New Jersey, the host city of Rutgers' flagship campus. New Brunswick is one of the state's most significant areas for education, health care, and the arts. The city is home to Rutgers' historic Old Queen's campus; Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Saint Peter's University Hospital, and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Bloustein School itself is located in New Brunswick's thriving cultural area, with The State Theater, Crossroads Theatre, and the George Street Playhouse just steps away. Downtown New Brunswick offers something for every taste through a spicy menu of restaurants and entertainment venues. The Civic Square Building epitomized public-private partnership during the city's redevelopment, and was financed by nearly equal investments from Rutgers University and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, through the Port Authority's mandate to promote economic and commercial redevelopment in the region. The school continually strives to maintain and enhance its technological capabilities for both research and instructional needs. Bloustein School students also have 24/7 access to 88 workstation-class computers in two labs designated solely for student use, a project collaboration room, a newly-renovated student lounge, and a new dedicated "quiet" space complete with comfortable seating and a laptop bar. At Rutgers University -- New Brunswick, students can have it all -- a community of five distinct and lively campuses, the urban vibe of the city of New Brunswick, and the ivy-covered buildings and verdant open spaces of a university with a history going back to Colonial times (1766, to be precise). The campus, with facilities in the city of New Brunswick, the township of Piscataway, and several surrounding municipalities, offers something for everyone. Top-notch recreational facilities. Art galleries, theaters, and coffeehouses. The roaring crowds at High Point Solutions Stadium. Hiking trails, a golf course, and even a farm. When students live in New Brunswick, they're living in the gateway to New Jersey.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Juris Doctor/Master of City and Regional Planning (JD/MCRP)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Community and Regional Planning (MBA/MCRP)
Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP)
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Affairs and Politics (JD/MPAP)
Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MBA/MPAP)
Master of City and Regional Planning/Master of Public Policy (MCRP/MPP)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy (MBA/MPP)
Master of Public Informatics (MPI)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 152
Doctoral Degrees 6

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 15th Not reported No
Spring deadline November 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 575
TOEFL IBT score: 88

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards January 15
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 4.2%
Black or African American 12.41%
White or Caucasian 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.35%
Asian 12.59%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 5.42%


Male (54%)
Female (45%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 35
Part-time - 41
Male (49)
Female (27)


Focus of faculty research: Urban planning, public policy, public health
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:

Location & Contact

Address 33 Livingston Avenue
Room 202
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
United States
Contact James W. Hughes
Phone: 732-932-5475

Rutgers University - New Brunswick