Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


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 2-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 9 credits, or 3 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 1 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 3 courses (9 credits) with grades below a C.


Master of Public Policy students are required to present a 3-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 concentrations, and do so frequently in consultation with their faculty advisers.

Each student must demonstrate basic competency in his or her 3-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 corequisites 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 2 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

Five 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 2 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.

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 4 to 5 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 6 course work credits (usually equivalent to 2 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 to be received are May 1st for fall semester admission to all programs and November 1st for spring (MCRP and MCRS degree programs only).

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 2 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 5 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.

Location & Contact

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States

Lynn Astorga

Assistant Director of Student Recruitment

Phone: 848-932-2388

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Doctor of Public Health (Dr PH)
      Juris Doctor/Master of City and Regional Planning (JD/MCRP)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Public Affairs and Politics (JD/MPAP)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Community and Regional Planning (MBA/MCRP)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MBA/MPAP)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Policy (MBA/MPP)
      Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)
      Master of City and Regional Planning/Master of Public Policy (MCRP/MPP)
      Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS)
      Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP)
      Master of Public Health (MPH)
      Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 152
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • 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
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


50% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 705
    • Accepted 356
    • Acceptance Rate 50
    • Enrolled 183
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students572
    • Female Percentage45%
    • Male Percentage55%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students572
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American13%
    • White / Caucasian65%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty76
    • Full-time Percentage46%
    • Part-time Percentage54%
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchUrban planning, public policy, public health
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$19,000,000