Joint Program with Rutgers Business School (MBA / MPP)

In 2004, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and the Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick (RBS) developed the implementation of a dual master of public policy and master of business administration degree program (MPP/MBA).

A total of 60 credits are needed for the MBA and 48 credits* for the MPP However, since each program accepts 12 credits from the other toward its degree, students only take 48 credits with RBS and 36 credits*with Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (EJBSPPP).

MPP Core Courses

Dual-degree students take 18 credits (or 21) in the core, and complete another 15 (or 12) credits of electives (depending on how Regression Analysis is completed). Nine of these remaining credits must constitute a substantive specialization in public policy, selected from among the following options:

Community Development (Glickman, Rubin)
Economics (Shapiro, Seneca)
Education (Coleman, Curenton)
Environment (Seneca, Greenberg)
Health (Cantor, Harris-Mouzon)
Labor and Workforce (Van Horn, Rodgers)
Management (Rubin)
Methods (Van Horn, Rodgers, Salzman)
Political Processes and Institutions (Zukin, Rosenthal)
Social Policy and Women's Issues (Crowley, Coleman, Hetling)

Courses applied to the specialization are chosen with the consultation of the student's adviser, who directs that specialization, and the program director.


MPP Concentrations

Students must demonstrate basic competency in the concentration by achieving a B+ average or better. Courses offered toward the concentration may be drawn from offerings within the public policy program (EJBSPPP) or Rutgers generally, with the permission of the adviser and the program director. Students may also perform an independent study, usually with the adviser for the concentration, as part of the concentration. Note: the MPP concentrations in applied economics and policy analysis or management are not permitted for the dual degrees.



Year 1:
Full-time study with RBS
Summer 1: RBS internship (private sector)
Year 2:
Full-time study with the Bloustein School
Summer 2: Public Policy Applied Field Experience (public sector)
Year 3:
Mix of courses in the Business School and Bloustein as needed

Students may reduce the third year load by taking additional classes in year two or by taking additional summer courses.


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