Planning and Public Policy

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:
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The planning and public policy major prepares students for entry-level jobs in the public and private sectors, especially those in housing, land use, environment, transportation, and community development, and graduate education in urban planning, public policy and other fields.
Learning Goals:
  • Intellectual and Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking: Students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading, discussing and evaluating information about issues related to planning and public policy.
  • Communication: Students will present their internship experience and capstone research papers as oral presentations in an open venue.
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis: Students will develop and apply concepts from research methods and basic statistics to critically analyze information as it applies to planning and public policy.
  • Scientific Inquiry: Students will develop a research question and write a coherent, well-organized capstone paper about a topic related to planning or public policy.
  • Information and Computer Literacy: Students will develop research and computing skills that allow them to create and use existing databases to analyze information related to planning and public policy.
  • Professional Development & Ethics: Students will integrate and apply concepts from earlier coursework in a contracted internship experience with a planning or public policy agency. Students will complete at least one human subjects certification program.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February, October Tuition fee
  • USD 27978 Year (EEA)
  • USD 13683 Year (National)
Start date January,October 2015 Credits 120 credits
Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Courses include:
  • US Social Policy
  • Gender, Family, and Public Policy
  • Aging and Public Policy
  • Cybercities
  • Principles of Public Management
  • Managing People and Organizations
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Planning Administration and Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Internship with Seminar
  • Urban Revitalization
  • Demography and Population Studies
  • GIS for Health and Planning
  • Principles of Real Estate
  • Market Analysis for Development
  • Historic Preservation
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Local Economic Development
  • Human Rights and Health
  • Bloustein Research
  • Environmental and Land Use Law

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

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To pursue the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy by completing the Application for Declaration of Undergraduate Major form. Applicants must have at least a 2.50 cumulative gpa and a grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses in order to declare the public health major. Completion of the planning and public policy major leads to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree jointly issued with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


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