Graduate Programs in Public Policy

The Bloustein School's Graduate Program in Public Policy is designed to fill the need for highly trained individuals to work on complex public policy problems. Students develop and refine their competence in analytic and quantitative skills, forming a thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are formulated and implemented.

Degree Programs

Two-year Master of Public Policy Program



One-year Master of Public Affairs and Politics Program


B.A. or B.S. / M.P.P.
Combined Bachelor's and M.P.P Program with Rutgers' Undergraduate Colleges


M.P.A.P. / J.D.
Combined M.P.A.P and law degree with the Rutgers Schools of Law at Camden and Newark


M.P.P. / M.B.A.
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) / Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Joint Program with Rutgers' Graduate School of Management


M.P.P. / M.C.R.P.
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) / Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) Joint program with the Bloustein School's Urban Planning department.

Learning Goals
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  1. Intellectual and Communication Skills
    1. Critical Thinking
      Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically about policy formation, implementation, implications, and effectiveness, and the methods underpinning the policy evidence.
    2. Communication
      Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written and oral methods of communication in a variety of settings through their applied field and practicum experiences and an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.
    3. Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
      Students will demonstrate an ability to apply economic and/or political perspectives in the analysis and understanding of public policy.
    4. Scientific Inquiry
      Students will demonstrate an ability to use the scientific method in the development and implementation of field-based policy analyses as part of the practicum and class-based research projects in the methods courses, and to critique the application of the scientific
      method in the literature.
    5. Information and Computer Literacy
      Students will demonstrate proficiency in conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, retrieving secondary data, analyzing data using a variety of software packages, and reporting the findings in ways that facilitate dissemination.
  2. Professional Development & Ethics
    Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development and implementation of policy analyses in program-directed applied field and practicum experiences in which students “work for” clients as part of their applied field experiences and practicum projects. Students are required to write briefing memos, prospectuses, and final reports for clients and to present their analyses in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.


Funding Programs

Opportunities for funding and support to qualified graduate students.


Student Projects, Internships and Research
Students at the Bloustein School have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research through practicum classes and through appointments as researchers employed by the school's centers and institutes. Click here to view the Student Project page



Since 1957, over 500 graduates have been placed in important and varied professional positions in the field of public policy. Currently, program graduates work on the staffs of several governors, the President of the United States, members of the United States House and Senate, state legislatures, and in federal and state executive agencies. For many years, the program's graduates have won appointments to the Presidential Management Internship program -- a prestigious nationwide competition to find talented professionals for the federal government.


Public policy graduates also work in political campaigns or for lobbying organizations or trade associations. Several former public policy students have been elected to public office. Others work in the private sector, including business, banking, the law, and various nonprofit organizations.


List of Alumni Positions