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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2003-2005 Public Policy Program About the Program  

About the Program

The public policy program offers two degrees through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The master of public policy (M.P.P.) degree is a 45-credit degree offering advanced methods training, an applied field experience, and concentration in a substantive policy area. The first M.P.P. class graduated in 1999, and graduates have already developed a strong record of placement in professional policy positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The M.P.P. is also open to superior Rutgers students enrolled in one of the Rutgers-New Brunswick undergraduate colleges through a special, five-year B.S. or B.A./ M.P.P. program. A joint M.P.P./M.B.A. with the Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick is pending.

The program also offers the master of public affairs and politics (M.P.A.P.) degree, a 30-credit degree (formerly the M.S. in public policy offered by the Graduate School-New Brunswick). In various forms, this program has been training students in politics and public affairs since 1958. The program also offers the M.P.A.P. in conjunction with the juris doctor (J.D.) degree from Rutgers` School of Law-Camden and Rutgers` School of Law-Newark.

Both degree programs are designed to prepare students for careers in government, politics and public affairs, and policy. Both degrees require course work in the public policy process, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and economic analysis. A distinctive feature of these programs is their further emphasis on political institutions and the interplay between politics and policy.

In addition to an exceptional full-time faculty, the program engages several high-ranking current and former government officials and other practitioners to teach courses. A number of faculty members in the program also hold positions with research centers-including the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, the Center for State Health Policy, the Center for Government Services, the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and the Star-Ledger Eagleton-Rutgers Poll-through which students can receive significant research experience.


 
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