Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Master of Public Informatics (MPI)


33 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Informatics (MPI)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Rutgers Bloustein School Public Informatics Program is designed specifically for students with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of fields, while demonstrating competency in one or more programming languages and holding skills in data management, via coursework, work experience or a combination thereof. The Master of Public Informatics is a STEM designated degree.

The Master of Public Informatics will provide the vehicle for educating professional student cohorts in the competencies needed in public informatics: context, statistics, programming, data management, data analytics, visualization, spatial analysis, applications and the integration of these skills. Graduates of the new program will bring a critical voice and a deep understanding of context to an emerging field.


Participants complete the 36-credit program at their own pace, full- or part-time. It is anticipated that full-time students may complete the 36 credit hours required for the degree in three (3) semesters (18 months).



CORE (24 credits)
34:816:501 Theory & Practice of Public Informatics (3) (previously 34:970:502)
34:970:527/833:525 Applied Multivariate Methods (3) or
34:970:630 Discrete Choice Methods (3)
34:833:633 Data Analytics: Using Big Data (3)
34:970:590 Graphical Communication for Planners (3)
34:970:591 Introduction to GIS for Planning and Public Policy (3)
34:970:592 Topics in GIS (3)
34:970:510/511 Graduate Planning Studios (3, 3) or
34:833:640/641 Policy Practicum I and II(3, 3)


ELECTIVES (12 credits)
These may be clustered in a specific application area, or the student may pursue breadth.

From the MHA program
34:501:520 Population Health (3)
34:501:563 Health Systems Operations (3)
34:501:565 Information Systems for Health Care (3)


From the MPP program
34:833:524 Ethics in Planning and Public Policy (3)
34:833:540 State and Local Public Finance (3)
34:833:543 Economics for Public Policy (3)
34:833:555 Labor Market Policy (3)
34:833:571 Public Management (3)
34:833:580 Health Care Policy (3)
34:833:585 American Social Policy (3)
34:833:635 Survey Research (3)


From the MCRP program
34:970:507 Comprehensive Planning (3)
34:970:520 Planning and Land-Use Administration (3)
34:970:528 Housing Economy and Markets (3)
34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning (3)
34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use (3)
34:970:553 Methods of Transportation Planning (3)
34:970:572 Green Building (3)
34:970:594 Program Evaluation (3)
34:970:600 Planning and Design I (3)
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis (3)
34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management (3)
34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy (3)
34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment (3)
34:970:633 Demography and Population Studies (3)
34:970:659 Advanced Graphical Communication for Planners (3)

or other courses as pre-approved by the Program Director.





Applicant Requirements

Prospective students apply online and submit all application materials before the Bloustein School will review your credentials for admission:

- Online application form
- Application fee
- Baccalaureate degree from a nationally/internationally accredited program
- Official transcripts from all institutions
- Resume/CV
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE general, GMAT or LSAT test (Scores will be accepted up to five years from their issuance.)
- TOEFL/IELTS required for non-U.S. applicants

- Personal statement (up to and not exceeding 750 words)
Why do you want to study public informatics and what are your professional goals? Why are you particularly interested in the public informatics program at Rutgers Bloustein School? Describe your professional/user experience and background in following areas: graphics, statistics and computer science?


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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