Joint BA or BS / MPP Program

BA or BS / Master of Public Policy (3-1-1) Program Dual-Degree Program


The Bloustein School, in cooperation with the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, offers a joint program that enables students to earn the bachelor of arts or science and the Master of Public Policy degrees in five years of full-time enrollment rather than the normal six. This (3-1-1) five-year program gives exemplary students the opportunity to complete their liberal arts education while preparing for a career in public policy or politics.

 

During the first three years of their undergraduate education, students will complete most of their major and general studies requirements. They may apply for admission to the joint program in February of their junior year. Admitted students will be allowed to take up to 18 graduate credits* in the Public Policy Program over the course of their senior year of undergraduate study. The graduate credits will be applied toward both degrees. Upon completion of the BA or BS degree, students will automatically matriculate into the graduate program with advanced standing

In the summer after graduation, students must participate in an applied field experience (internship) at a public agency, nonprofit organization, or private firm working on public issues. Students receive three (3) graduate credits* for the internship. During their fifth year, students will complete their graduate studies and, upon fulfilling all requirements, receive the MPP degree.

 

Advantages of the Five Year Program
During their senior year, students receive the benefit of undergraduate tuition rates while taking graduate courses, thus reducing the cost of the two degrees. Graduates with MPP degrees work in important and varied positions in the field of public affairs, including the staffs of several governors, members of the United States House of Representatives and Senate, state legislatures, and in federal and state executive agencies. Many graduates also work in the private sector, including business, banking, the law, and non-profit organizations.

 

Admission
The joint program is competitive and highly selective. Successful applicants for admission will have a GPA of 3.5 or more, exceptional GRE scores, a dedication to public service and outstanding recommendations. Interested students who fulfill the above qualifications should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services to discuss the program and to discuss the application process.

 

The application requires transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, GRE scores and a résumé. Your online application should indicate the BA or BS / MPP Program.

 

Sample Program of Study for the (3-1-1) BA or BS / MPP Program

Senior Year
Credits
First Term (6 graduate credits)
 
Undergraduate courses
6
34:833:510 Public Policy Formation
3
34:833:530 Policy Methods I
3
34:833:xxx Elective Policy Course *
3
Second Term (9 graduate credits)
 
Undergraduate courses
6
34:833:543 Economics and Public Policy
3
34:833:630 Policy Methods II
3
34:833:xxx Finance or Management Required Course 1 *
3
 
Summer Following Senior Year
Credits
Summer Term (3 graduate credits)
 
34:833:673 Applied Field Experience *
3
 
Fifth Year
Credits
First Term (15 graduate credits)
 
34:833:xxx Advanced Methods Class
3
34:833:xxx Finance or Management Required Course 2 *
3
34:833:xxx Elective Policy Courses
9
Second Term (12 graduate credits)
34:833:640, 641 Policy Research Practicum
6
34:833:xxx Elective Policy Seminars
6
 

 

The MPP degree requires 48 graduate credits.


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* This is a recent change to the curriculum and does not appear in the Rutgers University catalog.