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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2015–2017 Public Policy Program Public Policy Degree Options B.A. or B.S./M.P.P. (3-1-1) Dual-Degree Program  

B.A. or B.S./M.P.P. (3-1-1) 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 (B.A. or B.S.) and master of public policy (M.P.P.) 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 B.A. or B.S. 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 3 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

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 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.


Admission to the 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 Bloustein School's Office of Student and Academic Services to discuss the program and the application process and schedule an interview.

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. Program

Senior Year
First Semester (6 graduate credits)

   Undergraduate Courses

34:833:510  Public Policy Formation
34:833:530  Methods I: Research Design
34:833:xxx  Elective Policy Course

Second Semester (9 graduate credits)

   Undergraduate Courses

34:833:543  Economics and Public Policy
34:833:630  Methods II: Data Analysis
34:833:xxx  Finance or Management Required
                    Course 1


Summer Following Senior Year

Summer Semester (3 graduate credits)

34:833:673  Applied Field Experience

Fifth Year

First Semester (15 graduate credits)

34:833:xxx  Advanced Methods Class
34:833:xxx  Finance or Management Required
                    Course 2

34:833:xxx  Elective Policy Seminars

Second Semester (12 graduate credits)

34:833:640,641  Policy Research Practicum I,II
34:833:xxx  Elective Policy Seminars

The M.P.P. degree requires 48 graduate credits.

The most current program information can be found at the Bloustein School website.

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