“Society is awash in data. We need trained, public-minded professionals that can think critically about how to use that data efficiently and ethically.”
Frank A. Felder, Ph.D., Research Professor and Director, Program in Public Informatics
About the Program
The Bloustein School’s Master of Public Informatics program provides 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.
Why the Rutgers MPI?
The Master of Public Informatics program is suitable for students with undergraduate degrees in any field. Applicants must demonstrate competency in one or more programming languages and skills in data management (with coursework, work experience, or by examination). Students with appropriate backgrounds may substitute more advanced courses* for topics already mastered.
It is anticipated that full-time students may complete the 36 credit hours required for the degree in three (3) semesters (18 months).
* If a student has had a course similar to Intro to GIS or Graphical Communication for Planners, he/she may be advised/required to take more advanced level course within subject matter:
- Data Visualization for Policy and Administration (3 credits)
- Remote Sensing (3 credits)
- Web Programming (3 credits)
- Graduate Seminars on Advanced Topics (3 credits), such as participatory GIS, open-source informatics, sensors & drones, or public database management
- Directed Study in Public Informatics (3 credits)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2014-24 job outlook for data analysts is expected to grow by 30% (much faster than the average), with almost 28,000 new jobs needing to be filled in this area. Management analysts will add an additional 103,400 jobs (a 14% increase). A report by the National Science and Technology Council of the Executive Office of the President stated “…a national Big Data innovation ecosystem needs a strong community of practitioners across Federal agencies to facilitate rapid innovation, ensure long-term propagation of ideas, and provide maximal return on research investments.”
In addition, prospective employers routinely express interest in students to fill positions related to public informatics. The following organizations have recently posted job openings with the Bloustein School’s Student and Academic Services Office and Rutgers University that require a public informatics background:
• Applied Energy Group
• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
• Federal Transit Administration
• Johnson and Johnson
• Mathematica Policy Research
• Port Authority of New York New Jersey
• United Nations
• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• WSP USA
Prospective students apply online and submit all application materials before the Bloustein School will review your credentials for admission. The deadline to apply to the Master of Public Informatics program is June 1 for fall admission.
- Baccalaureate degree from a nationally/internationally accredited program
- Official transcripts from all institutions
- Online application form
- Three letters of recommendation:
- GRE general, GMAT or LSAT test
Applicants holding an MBA are exempted from providing standardized test scores. TOEFL/IELTS required for non-U.S. applicants. Scores will be accepted up to five years from their issuance.
- 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?