The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, 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 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 15 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 B.A. or B.S. degree, students
will automatically matriculate into the graduate program with advanced
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 6 graduate credits for the
internship.During their fifth year,
students will complete their graduate studies and, upon fulfilling all
requirements, receive the M.P.P. degree.
Advantages of the Five-Year Program
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 M.P.P. 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 nonprofit organizations.
joint program is competitive and highly selective. Successful applicants for
admission will have a GPA of 3.5 or better, 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 come in for an interview and to discuss the application process.
The application requires transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, and a résumé. Your personal statement for the application should indicate that you are applying to the B.A. or B.S./M.P.P. program.
Sample Program of Study for the (3-1-1) B.A. or B.S./M.P.P.*