Application Process

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A complete application consists of all* of the following:

  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts of previous academic work
  • A personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official test scores (if required – see particular program information below.)
  • * Doctoral applicants are also required to provide a writing sample. 

Detailed procedures and instructions accompany the application forms. Applications should be filed as early as possible to meet the deadlines listed in the application materials.

All documents should be submitted electronically via the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions or, as in the case for resume and sample of writing, via admissions upload site, with exception of the official transcripts. Transcripts should be submitted via USPS to the address below:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Phone: 848-932-7711
Fax: 732-932-8231

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Important Applicant Information

Documents that need to be mailed to the admissions office must arrive at or before posted deadlines.

  • Urban Planning and Policy Development Master’s Program Applicants (MCRP and MCRS) If you are applying to these programs and are also seeking merit-based financial aid (assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships), then the deadline for your application is January 15. If you are not seeking this funding, the deadline is May 1. This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline, however, limited merit-based funding opportunities are available.
  • Public Policy Master’s Program Applicants (MPP and MPAP) If you are applying to these programs and are also seeking merit-based financial aid (assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships), then the deadline for your application is January 15. If you are not seeking this funding, the deadline is May 1. This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline, however, limited merit-based funding opportunities are available.
  • Urban and Public Informatics Master’s Program Applicants (MPI) If you are applying to this program and are also seeking merit-based financial aid (assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships), then the deadline for consideration of your application is January 15. If you are not seeking this funding, the deadline is July 1. This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline, however, limited merit-based funding opportunities are available.
  • Health Administration Program Applicants (Executive MHA) If you are applying to this executive degree program, please note that applicants are only admitted for spring term, completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 1st and there are specific work experience requirements for would-be applicants. This program does not offer fall term admission.  This program does NOT require a standardized test score like the GRE, LSAT or GMAT.  There is no merit-based aid (assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) associated with this program.
  • Health Administration Program Applicants (Traditional MHA) If you are applying to this traditional degree program, please note that applicants are admitted for the fall and spring terms, completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 1st and November 1st respectively. This program does NOT require a standardized test score like the GRE, LSAT or GMAT.  There is no merit-based aid (assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) associated with this program.
  • Planning and Public Policy Doctoral Program (PhD) If you are applying to this program then the deadline for your application is December 15. Merit-based financial aid (assistantships, fellowships and scholarships) are considered for all candidates that meet this deadline. This program does not offer spring term admission.
  • Special Note for International Applicants International students who apply to any of our programs from abroad must submit completed application materials by November 1 for spring-term admission and by April 1 for fall-term admission. All applicants seeking merit based fellowships, assistantships and scholarships MUST apply by January 15 for fall term admission. No aid is available for spring term admission. Programs may, at their discretion, close admission prior to stated deadlines or extend deadline dates if sufficient time exists to render decisions. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Standardized testing requirements for the academic programs include (except where noted):

  • Graduate Record Examination
    The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy requires applicants for matriculated status to submit results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)*. GRE information and application forms may be obtained by calling (609) 771-7670 or by writing to:
    Graduate Record Examinations Programs
    Educational Testing Service
    P.O. Box 955
    Princeton , NJ 08541-0955
    U.S.A.
    The Educational Testing Service requires at least six weeks to process and report formal and final GRE scores.
    *Please note: Master of Health Administration (Executive and Traditional) degree programs do NOT require a standardized test (GRE).
  • Foreign Applicants—TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Satisfactory English proficiency is a prerequisite for graduate study at the university. Applicants failing to meet minimum standards for English proficiency may be required to take a test upon arrival at the university and to take course work in English as a second language. Nonimmigrant students are also expected to present evidence of adequate financial resources.The university may deny admission to nonimmigrant students lacking satisfactory English proficiency or adequate financial resources.The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if English is not the applicant’s native language. For further information, write to:
    TOEFL
    Educational Testing Service
    P.O Box 955
    Princeton , New Jersey 08541-0955
    U.S.A.

Standardized testing requirements for the academic programs include (except where noted):

All admission decisions are informed judgments based on the applicant’s previous academic performance, standardized test scores, experience and achievement, recommendations, and other relevant data.

The number of students who can be accommodated in some programs is limited. Applications are reviewed by the department faculty and either members of the undergraduate, master’s or the doctoral admissions committee, as applicable.

Because admission requirements vary among the programs, applicants should carefully review the information and instructions provided in the application form, and consult with the individual program.

You may apply to the Bloustein School graduate programs online through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Applicant review at the Bloustein School does not begin until after the posted deadline. Applications received before the deadlines are held until review begins. Applicants will receive written (email) notification of admissions decisions from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and the Dean of the Bloustein School, once all application and supporting documentation has been received and approved by the program admission committee and program director. Admission will be confirmed on a certificate of admission (post mail), which may list certain conditions. Such conditions should be satisfied prior to registration unless otherwise indicated. All deadlines must be met.

Students who fail to register for the term to which they were admitted should contact the school at 848-932-2727 for further instructions.

The Bloustein School welcomes students to take classes on a nondegree basis, providing there is space available. Applicants should choose nondegree study on their application from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applicants who are accepted as nondegree students are permitted to register for an unlimited number of courses with the approval of the appropriate program director. Such courses carry full credit at the university; however, a maximum of 12 credits will be accepted by the school toward a degree should the student later be admitted to a degree program. Nondegree students who wish to enter a degree program in the Bloustein School must file an application and fee for admission with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions online. Admission to nondegree status neither predisposes nor guarantees later admission to a degree program.