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  • Want to improve community health?
  • Interested in combating urban poverty?
  • Want to oversee public programs in areas like transportation, housing, or the environment?

The major in planning and public policy will prepare you 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.

The Planning & Public Policy program is offered through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. It provides students with a foundation in areas such as city dynamics, environmental aspects of cities, community health, urban poverty, public policy, housing issues, social concerns, fiscal matters, and land use planning. Two academic options are available that provide for specialization in urban planning or housing and real estate development.

Students in the Planning & Public Policy program are prepared for professional management and planning positions focused on overseeing and improving public programs such as transportation, housing, planning, the environment, finance, economic development, and urban renewal. These career paths can be found in business, government, education, banking, and nonprofit settings. Continued study at the graduate level is also an option.

Additionally, many careers do not require a specific major, but are chosen on the basis of personal interests, skills, preferences, and ambitions. Thus graduates can also pursue many other general career paths in business, government, education, and the nonprofit sector. Regardless of your career plans, it is important to develop your marketability through internships, service-learning, related work experience, good grades, and participation in campus activities.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study B.A. in Planning and Public Policy.

Full Time (Major Requirements - 34 credits)

Tuition fees

$28,595.00 (21,62,282) per year




Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

33 Livingston Avenue,


New Jersey,

8901, United States

Entry requirement for international students

You are a first-year (or freshman) applicant if:

  • You are currently enrolled in high school, even if you've completed college credits while in high school, or
  • You've graduated from high school and have never attended college, or
  • You've been enrolled in college but will have completed fewer than 12 academic post-high school graduation college credits by the time you enroll at Rutgers.

Note: Current high school students who are also taking college courses during high school should apply as first-year applicants, regardless of the number of college credits earned while in high school.

Regardless of U.S. residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the U.S. in a country where English is not the principal language.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 550+ on the paper and pencil test
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - 79+ on the internet-based test
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 6.5 or higher
  • Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB) - minimum acceptable score is 82
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - The minimum acceptable score for the PTE is 53

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick/Piscataway*

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