Now accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2023 admission to the master’s programs in urban planning, public policy, public informatics and health administration (traditional track).

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 (some programs minimum of 2)
  • 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
Proctor Hall, Suite 308
65 Davidson Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854 U.S.A.
Phone: 848-932-7711
Fax: 732-932-8231

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Important Applicant Information

DEADLINES

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

  • If you are applying to these programs for fall/September 2023 admission 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 1st for Fall 2023 admission.
  • This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline. However, merit-based funding opportunities are NOT available.

    The GRE has been waived for this program for spring and fall 2023 applications.

  • If you are applying to these programs for fall/September 2023 admission 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 August 1st for Fall 2023 admission.
  • This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline. However, merit-based funding opportunities are NOT available. 

    The GRE has been waived for this program for spring and fall 2023 applications.

  • If you are applying to this program for fall/September 2023 admission 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 1st for Fall 2023 admission.
  • This program also offers spring term (mid-year) admission, with a November 1 application deadline. However, merit-based funding opportunities are NOT available. 

    The GRE has been waived for this program for spring and fall 2023 applications.

  •  If you are applying to the 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 1and November 1 respectively.
  • This program does NOT require a standardized test score like the GRE, LSAT or GMAT
  • There is no merit-based aid (assistantships, fellowships or scholarships) associated with this program.

  • If you are applying to this program the deadline for your application is December 15.
  • Merit-based financial aid (assistantships, fellowships or scholarships) are considered for all candidates that meet this deadline.
  • This program does not offer spring term admission. 
  • GRE scores are required for applications to this program. 

  • 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 for programs 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: The GRE has been waived for ALL MASTER’S applications seeking admission for spring / January 2023 and fall / September 2023 intake. The GRE is REQUIRED for applications seeking fall (September) 2023 intake for the PhD program only.

** Please note: The Traditional Master of Health Administration degree program does NOT require a standardized test score (GRE).

  • Foreign Applicants—TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) / IELTS / DuoLingo

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 coursework 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. We also accept IELTS and DuoLingo scores. Our TOEFL Institution Code for score reporting is 2790. For further information, write to:

TOEFL
Educational Testing Service
P.O Box 955
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-0955 U.S.A.

All admission decisions are informed judgments based on the applicant’s previous academic performance, standardized test scores (if applicable), experience and achievement, recommendations, and other relevant data as presented in their application for admission.

The number of students who can be accommodated in some programs is limited.

Applications are reviewed by a set number of program faculty, on a case-by-case basis as an “admissions committee” and decisions are collectively made on those applications with a final determination transmitted by the program director to the Dean.  The admissions committee may establish protocols and standards annually based upon collective determination and applicant cohort shifts.  The Dean’s Office reports those determinations to the university admissions office, responsible for implementing decisions.

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 with questions.

You 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, the Dean of the Bloustein School, and the academic 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 non-degree study on their application from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Applicants who are accepted as non-degree 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 non-degree status neither predisposes nor guarantees later admission to a degree program.