The primary objective of the MPP program is to prepare students for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within public, non-profit, or private sectors. The MPP is normally a two-year degree for full-time students. Applicants directly from their bachelor's degree or with a few years of work experience are encouraged to apply to the M.P.P program.
Students must complete 48 credits*, including 30 credits* of required course work and 18 elective credits; As part of the elective selections, students must choose 9 credits, or three courses, toward an approved concentration in a substantive policy area, and 9 additional elective credits. There is no thesis requirement. A student must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 in order to graduate. If a student's grade-point average is below a 3.0 at the end of a semester, the student will have one semester to improve the average to 3.0 or greater. During the semester, the student will be on probation. Additionally, a student cannot graduate with more than three courses (9 credits) with grades below a C.
Master of Public Policy students are required to present a three-course (9-credit) concentration to complete their degree requirements. The program currently offers the following policy areas, each advised by a member of the faculty. Students may also design their own concentration, and do so frequently in consultation with their faculty advisor.
Social Policy and Women's Issues (Crowley, Coleman, Hetling)
Urban Policy and Community Development (Rubin)
These concentrations include coursework at the Bloustein School and at the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Students must demonstrate basic competency in their 3-course area of concentration by achieving a B+ or better on average. Students are welcome to design their own concentration of cross-cutting substantive concerns, subject to the approval of the program director.
Courses offered toward the policy area may be drawn from offerings within the public policy program, the Bloustein School, or Rutgers generally, with the permission of the adviser or the program director. Note that students may, because of course scheduling, need to take courses in their policy area during their first year of enrollment.
Students may select courses not formally listed toward their policy area when they are approved by the faculty adviser or program director. Such selections may include independent studies, and it is assumed that such independent studies will normally be conducted under the supervision of the faculty adviser. No courses from the core requirements for the program may be counted toward requirements for the concentration. Some courses may have pre- or co-requisites that students are responsible for identifying and fulfilling.