B.A. in Planning and Public Policy

The Planning and Public Policy major (762, 762D) prepares students for entry-level jobs in the public and private sectors, especially in the fields of housing, community development, government service, land use, real estate, transportation, and health policy, and for graduate education in public administration, public policy, and urban planning.

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Planning and Public Policy Suggested Course Sequence


SAS and SEBS Students (762)

Students in the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) and students in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) who wish to remain in their primary unit must apply for admission prior to declaring the major.

SAS students may pursue Planning and Public Policy as their first major and remain within SAS. SEBS students may pursue Planning and Public Policy as a second major in order to remain within SEBS. SAS and SEBS students can apply for the Planning and Public Policy major by visiting the school’s website. Contact undergrad@ejb.rutgers.edu for more information.

Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade of “C” or better in each of the pre-requisite courses and be in good academic standing. Students are advised to declare the Planning and Public Policy major no later than their first semester of junior year to ensure completion of the major by their anticipated graduation date.

Students are advised to declare the Planning and Public Policy major no later than their first semester of junior year to ensure completion of the major by their anticipated graduation date.

Only courses with “C” or better may be counted towards the major, and students must complete the Core Curriculum requirements of their primary school.

Prerequisites (9-10 cr)

  • 355:101 Expository Writing (3)
  • 775:205 Basic Statistical Methods (3-4) or equivalent (see Approved Statistics Equivalent Courses tab in this document)
  • 220:102 Intro to Microeconomics (3) or 11:373:121 Principles & Applications of Microeconomics (3)

Transfer (Direct Admit) Students (762D)

Transfer students seeking the Planning and Public Policy major must have at least 30 credits before applying to the Bloustein School. Successful applicants will have completed the prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, and have achieved an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Current Rutgers students seeking a school-to-school transfer from another Rutgers unit, or students transferring to Rutgers from another college or university, must apply via the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. For a school-to-school transfer apply here. If you are transferring from outside of Rutgers, apply here. Contact undergrad@ejb.rutgers.edu for more information.

This program is designed to accommodate the needs of transfer, adult and nontraditional students. For admissions requirements and academic policies, please visit https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/undergraduate/nts/

Transfer students from New Jersey community colleges are encouraged to complete lower division prerequisite courses and the Associate’s Degree in order to benefit from articulation agreements.

Only courses with “C” or better may be counted towards program requirements. Upon completing the major, all General Education requirements, and a minimum of 120 credits in good academic standing, the student will receive the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from the Bloustein School.

Contact undergrad@ejb.rutgers.edu for more information.

Prerequisites (9-10 cr)

  • Expository Writing (3)
  • A 200-level or higher statistics course (3-4)
  • Intro to Microeconomics (3)

Planning and Public Policy (762) Major Requirements (37 cr)

Effective January 1, 2017

Core (16 cr)

  • One of the following (3):
    • 220:103 Intro to Macroeconomics (3)
    • 790:104 American Government (3)
  • One of the following intensive writing courses (3):
    • 762:300 Writing for Professionals (3)
    • 355:302 Scientific and Technical Writing (3)
    • 355:303 Writing for Business and the Professions (3)
    • 355:315 Writing Grant Proposals (3)
  • 775:395 Research Methods (4) – Prerequisites: Open to majors only
  • *762:400 Internship with Seminar (3) – Prerequisite: Research Methods 775:395; open to majors only
  • *762:499 Senior Seminar (3) – Open to majors with at least 100 credits and no outstanding core requirements.

* Students seeking to replace 762:400 and 762:499 with 762:497, 498 Bloustein Honors Research (3, 3) should contact their advisor.

Required Electives: 21 credits of electives with course code 762, 15 credits of which must be at the 300-level or higher.

Students interested in select career paths should consider clustering their electives and seek advising early in their program of studies.

 


Planning and Public Policy Certificate Programs

The Bloustein School offers a variety of Planning and Public Policy certificates. The certificates are open to students in any major and to post baccalaureate students with degrees in any discipline. Awarded certificates appear on the student’s final transcript.

Undergraduate students are restricted to courses at the 300 and 400 levels. Post baccalaureate students may select courses from any level. Students must declare their intention to pursue a certificate program with the Bloustein School prior to their last semester of study in order to qualify to receive a certificate.

Certificates are awarded only with, or subsequent to receiving a bachelor’s degree. Awarded certificates appear on the student’s transcript.

Contact undergrad@ejb.rutgers.edu for more information.


Joint BA or BS/MCRP Program

Exceptional, well-prepared students from any Rutgers-New Brunswick matriculating unit who wish to study urban planning are encouraged to seek advising about the Joint BA or BS / MCRP Program.