Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: The following are commonly asked questions, but they do not replace seeking advising for your major as each students’ situation is unique

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Not necessarily. The biggest differences between applying directly to the Bloustein School and SAS is that the Bloustein School does not require students to complete a second major or minor. SAS does require that students complete a second major or minor with a Bloustein School major except for Public Health, which is considered credit intensive. The general education (core curriculum) requirements are also different. If you are an SAS or SEBS student, you would need to complete the SAS or SEBS general education requirements. If you are a Bloustein student, then you would complete the Bloustein general education requirements. If you are enrolled in another professional school and wish to pursue a Bloustein School major instead of your current program, you will need to submit a School to School transfer application.

If you are currently enrolled in SAS, SEBS or another Rutgers professional school, you need to apply through our joint degree application first. In order to apply, you will need to submit the application, which can be found here. More information about this process can be found here.

Once you are admitted to the major, then you can declare it through your primary school’s mymajor system or the major declaration process.

SAS MyMajor System

SEBS MyMajor System

You can speak to an academic advisor in the Office of Student and Academic Services at the Bloustein School to create an academic plan for your major. Our contact information can be found here. It is important that you speak with a dean or advisor in your primary school regarding your eligibility for graduation. Degree Navigator is a great tool to help you review and plan your academic program requirements prior to meeting with an advisor.

The Bloustein School is located on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. However, some of our major programs, such as Public Health and Health Administration, are offered at the following off-campus locations: Atlantic Cape Community College, Brookdale Community College, County College of Morris, Mercer County College and Raritan Valley Community College.  Students in these degree completion programs are considered Bloustein School students. Unfortunately, students at the Rutgers-Newark and Camden campuses cannot pursue a Bloustein School major.

  1. Current Rutgers students: In order to take a course at a community college, you need to seek preapproval from your primary school. If your primary school determines that the course will transfer to Rutgers as an equivalent to the prerequisite, then the Bloustein School will accept it towards the major. Please speak with an advisor or dean at your primary school about the process for preapproval.
  2. With regard to which courses may transfer from your community college, you can review your courses on njtransfer.org to determine which have course equivalencies at Rutgers. This is the best way to determine which courses from your community college will transfer and how they will transfer to Rutgers

You can view the prerequisites to each major offered at Bloustein by visiting our Undergraduate Majors page and clicking on your intended major. There are no prerequisites to declare a minor offered through the Bloustein School.

The full list of prerequisites for these professional programs are not incorporated into your major, but there are a few. For example, the General Biology I and II/ Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are accepted for the public health major; but a majority of the science and math courses you will need are not required for the Bloustein School majors. You are encouraged to work with the Health Professions Office (HPO) at Rutgers. HPO can assist you in planning out the best time to take your additional prerequisite courses while you complete your required programs.

As a new student, you will be invited to attend an Academic Planning and Advising session. You will need to attend one of these sessions in order to select your initial schedule. If you cannot attend, please speak with an advisor for instructions.

If you are a continuing New Brunswick student, registration is based on your earned credits. This does not include any current registration. Click here to view the registration schedule.

  1. You do not need to apply for a Bloustein minor. Typically, we advise students to follow Degree Navigator for their minor programs; however, we are here to assist you if you have specific questions or concerns. If your primary school is SAS, SEBS, or another New Brunswick school, you can declare the minor through your online mymajor system or your Dean’s office.
  2. If you are a Bloustein student, you can declare a minor through our online form.

This is a common error for our programs. Please contact your major advisor via the contact information here. If you are an undeclared major, your Degree Navigator should update once your major is showing in the system.

  1. For Health Administration, Public Health, and Public Policy majors you will be required to take Leadership Seminar the semester prior to taking Professional Practice Internship. Leadership Seminar will prepare you for your internship search and you will get your internship site approved by the Internship Coordinator teaching Leadership Seminar.
  2. Planning and Public Policy majors should plan to meet with an Internship Coordinator the semester prior to taking the course in order to plan their placement.
  3. Urban Planning and Design majors have the option of taking an internship as an elective, but it is not required. If you would like to take an internship, please speak to one of the Urban Planning and Design Program Coordinators, Lyna Wiggins or Tony Nelessen.

  1. Exceptional, well-prepared students from any major with 60 to 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better, and who wish to pursue graduate studies at the Rutgers School of Public Health may seek advising about the 5-year (BA/MPH or BS/MPH) program. Contact undergrad@ejb.rutgers.edufor more information.
  2. If you are interested in the 5 year (3-1-1) MPP or MCRP (3-1-1) programs, please see our website for more information.

In order to determine your graduation eligibility, you should reach out to an advisor or dean at your primary school (SAS, SEBS, EJB, etc.). Typically, to be eligible for graduation students need to complete their major program, General Education/Core Curriculum, any secondary programs such as 2nd majors and/or minor(s), achieve a minimum 2.000 cumulative grade point average and a total credit amount based on their primary school (120 for SAS and Bloustein students, 128 for SEBS students). Also, some schools require that 30 of the final 42 credits must be offered through RU-New Brunswick faculty.

Generally, it is a good idea to take your major courses in the order they are written on our website, brochures, and curriculum sheets. They are typically arranged from lower-level to upper-level courses. Following the program in order can help you remain on track for completion.

Yes. Please speak with an advisor for more information.

Yes. You will be charged $100 fee for each online course. This fee currently covers the cost of administrative support services of online education. For more information on student fees, please contact Student Accounting or visit their website . There is also a $60 fee for hybrid (online and in-person) courses.

Each major has certain courses that are restricted to declared students only. You can only register for these courses after you have applied and been admitted to your major. Unfortunately, as an undeclared student you cannot take courses that are restricted to declared students.

Click here for the Bloustein SPN system and more information about it. The system will only show courses that are available for SPN requests. Please note that this system is only for courses offered by the Bloustein School. If you would like a special permission number for a course in a different department, please contact that department directly.

Your graduation date is determined when you enroll at Rutgers. You can change your graduation date on the mymajor system for SAS or SEBS, or the University College site for Bloustein students.

In order to pursue an independent study, you will need to find a faculty advisor and plan your project or research. You should also contact your academic advisor for the Independent study consent form, which you will fill out with your faculty advisor. The independent study consent form should be submitted to your academic advisor once completed, who will then instruct you on how to receive a special permission number to register for the course.

It is possible, but there is no list of approved courses for each study abroad site due to the vast opportunities. You should first speak with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office about your options and then contact a Bloustein school advisor if you are a declared major.