Concentrations

Urban Planning and Policy Development Concentrations

Six issue-oriented concentrations, or specialties, reflect the strengths of the faculty in the Urban Planning and Policy Development program. These concentrations go beyond the broad foundation of the core requirements to explore more deeply the scope of specific planning issues. They allow more detailed examinations of the dimensions, questions, conflicts, and impacts addressed by the professional as well as by the researcher. They encourage recognition of common elements that resonate between and among various problems, policies, and programs.

Courses in each concentration are grouped into “required” and “recommended” categories. The program requires that any student who wants to specialize in a particular area take courses as outlined under each concentration. Additional courses taken in that area will depend upon the student’s particular interest and can be selected, with the help of advisers, from among the listed recommended and relevant courses or from other courses recommended by area advisers.

These concentrations cover areas of substantial strength within the program and school. There also are other feasible concentrations, such as information technology. Students who want to blend two concentrations (e.g., urban informatics, GIS, and more) to design their own programs can do so and should speak with their faculty adviser and the concentration coordinators.  Students may also design a custom concentration (e.g., urban informatics, GIS, and more) with their adviser’s support.  All required and most recommended courses for these concentrations are offered through the program and other units of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

Additional recommended courses are offered within the university in the Departments of Landscape Architecture; Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; Environmental Sciences; and Geography, among others. Courses also may be found at Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.  We have reciprocal arrangements with these two schools.

Areas of Concentration

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2020 may have different requirements. Speak to your adviser.

Community Development and Housing 

Faculty Advisers

Kathe Newman and James DeFilippis (Co-Coordinators), Radha Jagannathan, Will Payne, Ron Quincy, Julia Sass Rubin, Eric SeymourMi Shih

Overview

This concentration features several tracks: (1) Community Based Planning; (2) Community, Housing, Land, and Finance; (3) Community Health and Justice. The community development and housing concentration and specialty tracks expose students to the practices and theory of community development, housing, and health. Course work examines: the history and practice of community development; the processes that shape urban change; the operations of housing markets and housing finance; the ways in which affordable housing is built and maintained; participatory and community planning methods; issues of gender, race, class, and power; and social and economic policy formation, implementation, and evaluation, and environmental justice. This concentration meets the needs of students with a range of interests including community and community economic development and finance, housing development and rehabilitation, community planning and revitalization, urban poverty, and health. Students take at least three of the required courses and at least four courses total in the concentration. Recommended methods courses include Advanced Qualitative Methods (34:833:628) and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Planners (34:970:591). A graduate planning studio in community development is recommended as an additional course.

Community-Based Planning Track
Required Courses  (choose at least three of these courses)

34:970:563 Community Development
34:970:XXX Community Planning and Engagement in the US and Global South
34:970:XXX Placemaking
34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance
34:833:686 Community Organizing
34:833:570 Non-profit Management

Community, Housing, Land, and Finance Track
Required Courses  (choose at least three of these courses)

34:970:563 Community Development
34:970:529 Principles of Housing
34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues
34:970:528 Housing Economics and Markets
34:970:XXX Affordable Housing: LIHTC
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis
34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance

Community Health and Justice Track
Required Courses (choose at least three of these courses)

34:970:563 Community Development
34:970:561 Social Justice in Planning and Public Policy
34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning
34:970:XXX Placemaking
34:970:XXX Environmental Justice
34:833:513 Issues in Health Disparities
34:833:552 Education Policy, Community Development and Social Justice
34:970:555 Transportation and Equity

Recommended Courses 
(choose at least one additional courses, which can include the required courses you did not choose above, for a total of four)

34:970:521 Historic Preservation
34:970:528 Housing Economics and Markets
34:970:529 Principles of Housing
34:970:XXX Affordable Housing: LIHTC
34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues
34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning
34:970:561 Social Justice in Planning and Public Policy
34:970:594 Program Evaluation (prereq BQM; Discrete Methods or Multivariate Methods)(fall)
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis
34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment
34:970:630 Discrete Choice Methods
34:970:653 Case Study Methods
34:970:XXX History and Theory of Urban Redevelopment
34:970:XXX Environmental Justice
34:833:513 Issues in Health Disparities
34:833:540 State and Local Public Finance
34:833:552 Education Policy, Community Development and Social Justice
34:833:570 Non-profit Management
34:833:585 American Social Policy
34:833:595 Economics of Poverty
34:833:612 Non-profit and Community Development Finance
34:833:686 Community Organizing

Recommended Courses in other Programs

Sociology
920:571 Space, Place, Inequality
920:573 Community Inequality
920:614 Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality

Geography
16:450:513 Rethinking Economy
16:450:516 Urban Geography
16:450:605:06 Geography Seminar: Black Geographies

Labor Studies
37:575:359 Organizing for Social Change (undergraduate course)

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in graduate certificates in Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development and Redevelopment, Geospatial Information Science, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, and Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience.

Design and Development/Redevelopment

Faculty Advisers

Tony Nelessen and David Listokin (co-coordinators),  Juan Ayala, Barbara Faga

Overview

This concentration includes two tracks: (1) Urban Design and (2) Development /Redevelopment. Because of the connections between these two topics, many courses are listed in both tracks. Students may choose to combine these two tracks for a custom concentration.

Urban Design Track

The Urban Design track focuses on the visioning, planning and design of healthy and resilient communities. Urban design courses equip students with critical thinking skills. The classes are sequenced to provide students with the fundamental knowledge of urban design, an understanding of time-tested design principles, and best practice of planning and urban design. The curriculum in visual communications and representation enables students to navigate through the complex realm of digital programs and provides them with the basic skills of hand drawing and sketching. From this foundation students learn digital drawing techniques in urban design illustration, visualization (Photoshop, Maxwell Studio or VRay), rendering, (Sketchbook Pro, AdobeSketch) and 3D modeling techniques (Rhino 3D, Sketch Up) used in successful national and international urban planning projects.

Graphical Communication and Design Representation (34:970:590) and Planning and Design 1 (970 600:01) are required first-semester courses. Recommended methods courses include Introduction to GIS for Planners (34:970:591) and Topics in GIS (34:970:592). A graduate planning studio in design or land-use is recommended as one of the two studio choices. The design and land use studios support practice-based experience that allows students to develop the confidence to interact with their peers, faculty, clients, and public officials on real-world issues.

Required Courses(take all of these courses)

First Year, First Semester
34:970:590 Graphical Communication and Design Representation
34:970:600 Planning and Design I (1st year, pre- or co-req: 34:970:590)

First Year, Second Semester
34:970:601 Planning and Design II (1st year, pre-req: 34:970:600 or instructor approval)

Second Year, First Semester
34:970:593 Design Representation and Visualization (second year)
34:970:602 Zoning for Urban Planning Studio

Second Year, any semester
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis Studio

Recommended Courses

34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
34:970:520 Planning and Land Use Administration
34:970:521 Historic Preservation
34:970:523 Environmental Law and Policy
34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues
34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use
34:970:552 Transportation and Environment
34:970:572 Green Building
34:970:604 Land Development Practice
34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy
34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment

Development/Redevelopment Track

A broad understanding of real estate development and redevelopment, including land, building, market and financial analysis, particularly in the United States, is gained through a sequence of courses in development/redevelopment planning and practice; real estate, finance, investment; and development impact analysis. This track meets the needs of students with varying interests, including planning for development/redevelopment, real estate market research and analysis, real estate finance and investment analysis, and relating land use planning and controls to the private development process. It is strongly recommended that students take at least one studio in urban redevelopment, neighborhood revitalization, urban design, housing, or community development.

Required Courses (take all of these courses)

34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis
34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment

Recommended Courses (choose at least two additional courses for a total of four)

34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:970:520 Planning and Land Use Administration
34:970:521 Historic Preservation
34:970:XXX Affordable Housing: LIHTC
34:970:523 Environmental Law and Policy
34:970:528 Housing Economics and Markets
34:970:529 Principles of Housing
34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use
34:970:552 Transportation and Environment
34:970:563 Community Development
34:970:572 Green Building
34:970:590 Graphical Communication and Design Representation (1st year)
34:970:600 Planning and Design I (1st year, pre- or co-req of 34:970:590)
34:970:601 Planning and Design II ( pre-req: 34:970:600)
34:970:602 Zoning for Urban Planning
34:970:604 Land Development Practice
34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy
34:970:XXX History and Theory of Urban Redevelopment
34:833:540 State and Local Public Finance
34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Recommended Courses in other Programs
(May substitute for any recommended course, with the concentration coordinator’s approval)

Students should check courses in these (and other) programs: Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) at Rutgers, New Brunswick; real estate program at the Rutgers Business School, Newark and Piscataway; design in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, New Brunswick (design background required).

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in graduate certificates in Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development and Redevelopment, and Geospatial Information Science.

Environmental Planning

Faculty Advisers

Clinton Andrews (Coordinator), Michael Greenberg, Eric Seymour

Overview

This concentration features several tracks: (1) Coastal Resilience, (2) Environmental and Human Health Planning (3) Environmental Policy, and (4) Land Use Planning. Because there are many connections among these topics, students may choose to blend tracks for a custom concentration. We urge students to work with their advisers. Students should take at least four courses for the concentration, one required and three recommended, as shown below.

This concentration prepares students to plan and manage the human-environment interface. The Coastal Resilience track brings the science of sea level rise and storm risk together with planning and engineering responses to make coastal settlements safer. The Environment and Human Health track focuses on the application of planning and risk analysis tools to improve human health outcomes. The Environmental Policy track focuses on policy approaches to managing local, regional and global environmental problems. The Land Use Planning track emphasizes land-use planning, master planning, and zoning regulation at the scale of towns, cities, and states. All students in this concentration will develop familiarity with design, regulatory and managerial approaches. Recommended Methods courses include Graphical Communication and Design Representation (34:970:590), Introduction to GIS for Planning and Policy (34:970:591), and Topics in GIS (34:970:592). At least one graduate planning studio in environmental, coastal risk, comprehensive planning or other physical planning is strongly recommended.

Required Course

34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management I

Coastal Resilience Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)

34:970:627 Hazard Mitigation Planning: Prevention, Resilience and Sustainability
34:970:631 Communicating Science With Decision Makers
16:218:502 Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience
16:460:571 Climate Change Risk Analysis
16:450:612 Natural Hazards (co-listed as undergrad course 01:450:311) (undergrad) Landscape Architecture

Environment and Health Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)

34:970:532 Bridging Public Health and Urban Planning
34:501:520 Population Health
34:970:572 Green Building
34:970:552 Transportation and the Environment
34:970:563 Community Development
16:450:508 Environment and Development

Environmental Policy
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)

34:970:619 Environmental Economics and Policy
34:970:571 Industrial Ecology
34:970:523 Environmental Law and Policy
34:970:620 Energy Sustainability and Policy
34:816:637 Global Data Analytics
16:375:534 Environmental Sustainability: Life-Cycle Assessment Tools
16:375:530 Hazardous Waste Management
16:450:370 Climate Change and Society
16:790:580 Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations (Political Science) (online) 16:215:604:04 Global Change & Ecology (assumes familiarity with ecological modeling)

Land Use Track
Recommended Courses (choose at least three additional courses)

34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:970:520 Planning and Land Use Administration
34:970:602 Zoning for Urban Planning
34:970:521 Historic Preservation
34:970:600 Planning and Design I (pre- or co-req of 34:970:590)
34:970:601 Planning and Design II
34:970:604 Land Development Practice
34:970:622 Urban Redevelopment
34:970:605 Planning Real Estate Analysis
34:970:621 Infrastructure Planning
34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use
34:970:590 Graphical Communication and Design Representation
16:450:606 Geography Seminar: Integrated Land Use Change
11:550:431 Advanced Landscape Architecture (studio course, requires design background) 11:372:444 Watershed Management: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Recommended Courses for All Tracks (consider substituting one of these as your fourth course)

34:833:572 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
34:970:550 Introduction to Transportation
34:970:553 Methods of Transportation Planning
34:970:556 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
16:450:605 Geography Seminar: Environmental Change Topics (occasional)

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in graduate certificates in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, Historic Preservation, Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, Energy, and Geospatial Information Science.

International Development

Faculty Advisers

Radha Jagannathan and Hal Salzman (Co-coordinators), Hooshang Amirahmadi, Frances Barchi,  Michael Lahr, Ronald QuincyMi Shih

Overview

This concentration prepares students to effectively frame and engage with the dynamic challenges of designing and implementing plans and public policies in regional and international settings, with particular focus on urbanization and human settlement systems. Specific topics include the interplay of development and the presence and absence of political stability, social cohesion and social movements, economic equity, environmental sustainability, the spatial concentration of economic activity, inter-industry linkages, technology transfer, sustainable development, green economic growth, Sustainable Development Goals, and cross-boundary movement of people, trade, capital, and information. Students must take two of the required courses and at least four within the concentration.

Required Courses (take at least two of these courses)

34:970:530 International Urbanization and Housing Issues
34:970:644 International Economic Development
34:970:645 Regional Development
34:970:643 Debates in International Development

Recommended Courses(choose at least two of these courses, which can include the required courses you did not choose above, for a total of four courses)

34:816:637 Global Data Analytics
34:970:651 International Environmental Law and Policy
34:970:XXX Community Planning and Engagement in the US and Global South

Recommended Courses in other Programs
You may substitute one of these courses for one of the two recommended courses

Geography
450:605:03 Critical Ethnographies of Power and Hegemony

Political Science
16:790:536 International Law and the United Nations
16:790:580 Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations (online)

Social Work
19:910:545 Global Social Work and Social Development
19:910:549 Latinos: Culture, Community and Social Welfare

Women’s Studies
16:988:535 Gender and Human Rights

Global Affairs
26:475:504 International Law
26:478:541 Global Political Economy

Urban Systems
26:977:617 Urban Systems III: Globalization, International Migration, and Contemporary Cities (fall)

Since graduate course offerings throughout the University change annually, there may be relevant courses in cognate fields (or at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs) that could be approved by a faculty coordinator for inclusion in the concentration. Students may also take a Directed Study relevant to their specific interests as one of the recommended courses.

International Development and Global Affairs at the Bloustein School

The International Development Interest Group (IDIG), was established at the Bloustein School in early 2009 and in 2010 was recognized as by the Graduate Student Association. It functions as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, as well as a platform for collaborative work around various themes and geographies of relevance in planning and policy work in low- and middle-income countries.   https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/idig

Rutgers Global  

Rutgers Global provides Rutgers community members with the opportunities, programs, resources, and services they need to advance their global experience. http://global.rutgers.edu/

Other Global Initiatives at Rutgers 

Rutgers Global Health Institute fosters collaboration across the university and with partners beyond Rutgers to improve the health of vulnerable populations. Promotes health equity locally and around the world by working with communities to create and implement comprehensive, long-term solutions to pressing global health challenges.
https://globalhealth.rutgers.edu/

Rutgers Climate Institute is a University-wide effort to understand climate change.
https://climatesociety.rutgers.edu/

Transportation Policy and Planning

Faculty Advisers

Robert Noland and Michael Smart (Co-Coordinator), Kelcie Ralph, Will Payne, Wenwen Zhang, Piyushimita Thakuriah

Overview

The transportation policy and planning concentration provides a broad survey of the field as well as a critical evaluation of current and alternative policies and practical application of planning methods. Urban transport systems are examined in the context of environmental, energy, safety, equity, financial, and health impacts. Particular focus is placed on public transit planning, non-motorized modes such as walking and bicycling, environmental issues, and the coordination of land use and transportation planning. Students must take three of the seven core courses, and choose one elective from either the other core courses or from the listing of recommended courses below for a total of four courses. Students are encouraged to consider a Directed Study which may substitute for one recommended course. Recommended methods courses include Introduction to GIS for Planning and Public Policy (34:970:591), Topics in GIS (34:970:592), and Discrete Choice Methods (34:970:630). A graduate planning studio with a transportation focus or component is strongly recommended.

Required Courses (take at least three of these courses)

34:970:550 Introduction to Transportation
34:970:551 Transportation and Land Use
34:970:552 Transportation and the Environment
34:970:553 Methods of Transportation Planning
34:970:554 Transportation Economics and Finance
34:970:555 Transportation and Equity
34:970:556 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
34:970:558 Public Transit Planning and Management

Recommended Courses (choose one additional course, which can include the required courses you did not choose above, or other courses with approval from the concentration coordinators, for a total of four courses)

34:970:508 Comprehensive Planning
34:970:559 Transportation Risk and Security
34:970:560 Freights and Ports
34:970:594 Program Evaluation
34:970:590 Graphical Communication and Design Representation
34:970:600 Planning and Design I (pre- or co-req of 34:970:590)
34:970:618 Environmental Planning and Management
34:970:634 Data Analytics: Using Big Data

Recommended Courses in other Programs

Civil and Environmental Engineering
(these course offerings may change from year to year)

16:180:531 Traffic Engineering
16:180:532 Transportation Planning
16:180:533 Traffic Operations
16:180:536 Transportation System Analysis
16:180:537 Intelligent Transportation Systems
16:180:548 Infrastructure Management Systems
16:180:551 Rail Transportation System
16:180:552 Engineering Risk Analysis in Transportation Systems
16:180:554 Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure
16:180:555 Railway Track Engineering and Safety

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Transportation Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk, and Security.

Urban Informatics

Faculty Advisers

Clinton Andrews and Eric Seymour (Co-coordinators), Juan Ayala, Michael LahrRobert Noland, Will PayneMichael SmartPiyushimita Thakuriah, Wenwen Zhang

Overview

Evidence-based decision making in urban planning requires the use of advanced computational tools and data management techniques that can evaluate the data generated in public settings. This concentration provides the vehicle for educating this new cross-trained professional cohort by providing competencies needed in urban informatics: context, statistics, programming, data management, data analytics, visualization, spatial analysis, applications and integration of skills.

Prior Preparation

This concentration 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). Basic Quantitative Methods and Planning Methods may be taken concurrently with concentration courses. Students with appropriate backgrounds may substitute more advanced courses for topics already mastered (see Methods Flowchart and consult with your adviser).

Required Courses (take three of these courses)

34:970:502 Theory and Practice of Public Informatics
34:970:591 Intro to GIS for Planning
34:833:633 Data Analytics: Using Big Data pre req: Applied Multivariate Methods (34:970:527) or Discrete Choice (34:970:630).

Recommended Courses (choose one additional course for a total of four courses)

34:970:527 Applied Multivariate Methods
34:970:590 Graphical Communication and Design Representation
34:970:592 Topics in GIS
34:970:593 Design Representation and Visualization
34:970:607 Communicating Quantitative Information
34:970:630 Discrete Choice Methods
34:970:631 Communicating Science with Decision Makers
34:833:635 Survey Research
34:816:637 Global Data Analytics
34:816:640 Robotics and Society
34:816:xxx Data Visualization

Recommended Courses in other Programs

Geography
16:450:615 Seminar in Remote Sensing

Master of Business and Science
16:137:531 Introduction to User Experience Design
16:137:538 Database and Data Warehousing
16:137:550 Fundamentals of Analytics and Discovery Informatics
16:137:552 Python Methodologies
16:137:553 Business Intelligence with Visual Analytics
16:137:561 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity and Secure Systems

School of Communication and Information
17:610:559 Web Programming

Graduate Certificates

Students in this concentration may be interested in the graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science.