Public Policy Certificates

A certificate is a grouping of specific courses offered by key, multiple departments that if taken, indicate that the student has developed cross-disciplinary expertise in a particular subject area. Certificates can be awarded by any of the participating departments or programs. Each participating department, school, or program has a coordinator for the certificate. The certificate differs from a concentration in that multiple Rutgers departments or schools are involved in the certificate.

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To enhance educational opportunities for graduate students at the Bloustein School and to facilitate greater student interaction between the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program and Public Policy Program, the Bloustein School allows students enrolled in one Bloustein program to develop additional competencies in another Bloustein program. This certificate indicates familiarity with urban planning. The Urban Planning and Policy Development Program will offer a certificate in urban planning to students who complete the Master of Public Policy degree, and who also complete a specific 15-credit curriculum.

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The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy is open to Rutgers University graduate students and is a strong complement to graduate degrees in many disciplines. The certificate focuses on extending students’ understanding of the forces that influence public debates, stimulate policy change, and build the public good. It is designed for students who are interested in applied, policy-related work. Students must complete required courses, covering the dynamics of policy formation, economics, and research design, and one elective in their specific interest area.

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The Graduate Certificate in Energy is designed to giving Rutgers students a strong background in the timely topic of energy. The Graduate Certificate in Energy takes advantage of the several energy-related courses offered at Rutgers, as well as ongoing research at our university involving all aspects of energy. The Graduate Certificate in Energy will build on the diversity, magnitude, and variety of Rutgers resources in science, engineering and public policy by enabling graduate students to cross over to courses outside their graduate program and enrich their background in energy. Students receiving this certificate will have received a broad exposure to the topics and challenges in energy and they will have stronger qualifications to pursue a career in industry, government and academia upon graduation, as well as become leaders in innovation. The student must submit an application to the Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) listing the courses the student intends to take for the Certificate in Energy.

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