Korea Development Institute (KDI) Scholars Program

Contact Information

Steve Weston
, Coordinator
LaToya Fendrick, Assistant Coordinator


Program Overview

In January 2001, the Bloustein School and the school's urban planning and policy development program entered into a partnership to accept students from the School of Public Policy and Management of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) into the Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS) Degree program.

The KDI School of Public Policy and Management was established in 1998 to meet the educational needs of government and business leaders in a globalizing world economy. The school is a collaborative effort between the Korea Development Institute, founded 30 years ago as Korea's premier policy research organization, and the Korean government. Classes at the KDI School, which attracts students from Asia and around the world, are conducted in English. Approximately 40 percent of the student body is comprised of international students. As part of their two-year master's course, KDI School students are required to spend one year at an overseas university. Rutgers and the Bloustein School are very well known in Korean academic and planning circles, and offer KDI students an excellent opportunity to broaden their knowledge and practical skills through their practical and theoretical coursework..

Approximately 4-6 students arrive each spring to join the MCRS program.


Degree Program Admission/Student Selection

KDI school students apply to the Bloustein School’s Master of City and Regional Studies program (MCRS), a one-year program of study in planning and policy development.  The purpose of the program is to offer selected students at KDI the chance to study Policy, Public Affairs, Planning and Development in the United States, obtaining a one-year degree and concentrate in a field of interest.

Scholars apply to the program on an annual basis and will be selected based upon admission criteria.  Scholars are admitted to the Winter Session term semester to begin the program and continue for one calendar year, taking courses in the spring, summer and fall terms as well.

Applications to the MCRS degree must be completed ONLINE here: http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply.shtml and all hard copies of supporting documents sent to:

KDI-EJB Scholars Program
Steve Weston
Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Servcies
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1958, USA

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Please note the application requirements:

  1. Application (online)
  2. Credit Card Payment/Application Fee (online)
  3. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (online or post)
  4. Certification of Funds for International Students (post)
  5. Resume/Vitae (online or post)
  6. Personal Statement of Interest (online)
  7. All Available Transcripts (post and online)
  8. TOEFL Score (online or post)

Of special note: GRE’s are WAIVED and not required.


Typical Program Path

Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS) (30 Credits)

The degree offers a basic understanding of planning in a variety of areas, and then provides a chance to take several courses in a concentrated area, similar to a specialty. They include: Environmental and Physical Planning, Housing and Real Estate, Regional Planning and International Development, Transportation Policy and Planning, Urban and Community Development. Sub-interest areas also include Finance, Economics and Management.

Typical program “flight paths” include:

Sample Program of Study #1
December-January (Winter Session): Take one course KDI Orientation Studies in Planning and Public Policy 34:970:822 (1 credit)
January-May (Spring Session): Take 4 courses and English Training (12 credits)
June-August (Summer Session): Take 1 course (3 credits) or do summer internship
September-December (Fall Session): Take 3 courses, transfer in 2 from KDI (14 credits)
Total: 30 credits

Sample Program of Study #2
December-January (Winter Session): Take one course KDI Orientation Studies in Planning and Public Policy 34:970:822 (1 credit)
January-May (Spring Session): Take 3 courses and English Training (9 credits)
June-August (Summer Session): Take 2 courses (6 credits)
September-December (Fall Session): Take 3 courses, transfer in 2 from KDI (14 credits)
Total: 30 creditsApplications

Contact with Questions

Steve Weston
Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Servcies
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1958, USA
http://www.policy.rutgers.edu
http://policy.rutgers.edu/academics/uppd/mcrs.php
Email: sdweston@rutgers.edu
Phone: 848-932-2728
Skype: rutgersdeanweston (by appointment)