This program prepares students for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within the public, private, nonprofit, or private for-profit sectors. It seeks to give students conceptual and analytical tools to build their competencies in four areas: public policy, research methods, economics, and politics, as well as training in leadership, values, and ethical behavior that guide the responsible application of these competencies in the field.
- Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
- Master of Public Affairs and Politics (M.P.A.P.)
- Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) / Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (dual degree program with Graduate School of Management)
- Master of Public Affairs and Politics (M.P.A.P.) / Juris Doctor (J.D.) (dual degree program with Rutgers’ School of Law–Camden)
- Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) B.A. or B.S. / M.P.P. (offered with Rutgers–New Brunswick undergraduate colleges)
- Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) / Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) (with the Bloustein School’s Urban Planning department)
“A degree in public policy is a gateway into the world of public service. There is no more exciting time to be entering public service, as vigorous debates are under way in a wide variety of policy areas. Many of our students want to take part in those debates and come to the Bloustein School hoping to make the world a better place. We are here to help them do so.”
—Stuart Shapiro, Director, Program in Public Policy
- Intellectual and Communication Skills
- Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically about policy formation, implementation, implications, and effectiveness, and the methods underpinning the policy evidence.
Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written and oral methods of communication in a variety of settings through their applied field and practicum experiences and an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.
- Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
Students will demonstrate an ability to apply economic and/or political perspectives in the analysis and understanding of public policy.
- Scientific Inquiry
Students will demonstrate an ability to use the scientific method in the development and implementation of field-based policy analyses as part of the practicum and class-based research projects in the methods courses, and to critique the application of the scientific
method in the literature.
- Information and Computer Literacy
Students will demonstrate proficiency in conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, retrieving secondary data, analyzing data using a variety of software packages, and reporting the findings in ways that facilitate dissemination.
- Critical Thinking
- Professional Development & Ethics
Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development and implementation of policy analyses in program-directed applied field and practicum experiences in which students “work for” clients as part of their applied field experiences and practicum projects. Students are required to write briefing memos, prospectuses, and final reports for clients and to present their analyses in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.
Since 1957, over 500 graduates have been placed in important and varied professional positions in the field of public policy. Currently, program graduates work on the staffs of several governors, the President of the United States, members of the United States House and Senate, state legislatures, and in federal and state executive agencies. For many years, the program’s graduates have won appointments to the Presidential Management Internship program — a prestigious nationwide competition to find talented professionals for the federal government.
Public policy graduates also work in political campaigns or for lobbying organizations or trade associations. Several former public policy students have been elected to public office. Others work in the private sector, including business, banking, the law, and various nonprofit organizations.
Featured Public Policy Graduates
Scott Bruckner MPP 2013
Job Title: Analyst, United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. This organization supports congressional oversight by auditing agency operations, investigating allegations of illegal activities, and reporting on how well government programs meet objectives. As an analyst in the Professional Development Program, I will complete rotations through three of GAO’s mission teams over the course of two years. Currently, I am on a team responsible for evaluating the Department of Defense’s programs for responding to sexual assault in the initial military training environment. Over the course of my work, I have observed basic military training for each of the services, analyzed oversight documentation, and briefed staff members of the House Armed Services Committee on our findings.
Juanita Warde MPP 2013
Job Title: Education Policy Analyst at New York City Administration for Children’s Services (NYC ACS), Division of Early Care and Education
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services Division of Early Care and Education administers the largest publicly funded childcare system in the country, serving over 100,000 low-income children with an annual budget of approximately $600 million.
This division aims to improve access to high-quality early childhood education programs for our most vulnerable populations. At NYC ACS, I am responsible for analyzing how actual and potential policy changes generated from both State and Federal authorities will affect our programs. I also draft briefs regarding ACS positions on recent legislative changes that affect child welfare practice as well as prepare documents and official analysis that is widely used in both City and State budget proceedings.
Eric Baum MPP/MBA 2012
Job Title: Supervisory Development Graduate Program, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Financial Institution Supervision Group oversees banks, money management firms and other financial service providers with more than $50 billion of assets under management. This department aims to create greater overall stability through careful regulation of this sector. As a participant in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Supervisory Development program, an initiative that trains bank regulators, examiners and policy analysts, I will complete a 2-year regimen that concludes in 2014. During this period, I will gain hands-on experience in various aspects of the Bank’s oversight activities.
Daniel Kravetz MPP/MCRP 2012
Job Title: Fundraising and Media Coordinator at New Jersey Community Capital
New Jersey Community Capital provides financial investments and technical assistance to revitalize underserved neighborhoods across New Jersey, fostering the creation of hundreds of affordable housing units, educational opportunities, and quality jobs every year. At NJCC, I am responsible for securing operating grants and investment capital to expand organizational capacity. I also craft press releases, success stories, social media, and other public relations material to convey the importance of NJCC’s work to stakeholders, both within New Jersey and elsewhere in the country.
Organizations Employing Recent EJB Public Policy Alumni
Applied Energy Group
Apprise Energy Research
Blueprint Research Group
Connecticut Department of Revenue Services
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Office of Governor Christie
Healthcare Quality Strategies
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Maryland Department of Legislative Services
Mission First Housing Development Corporation
National Institute for Early Education Research
New Jersey Community Capital
New Jersey Department of Labor
New Jersey Office of Legislative Services
New Jersey Office of Management and Budget
New Solutions Inc.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Princeton Survey Research Associates
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Social Science Research Solutions