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Rutgers (Bloustein)

 

MPP and MPA Programs

Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy - MPP & MPAP

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: Rutgers University's Master of Public Policy program (MPP), and Master of Public Affairs & Politics (MPAP) are delivered through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, one of 18 schools within Rutgers University - New Brunswick.  The schools set academic standards, provide advising and other academic support, and serve as their students’ academic “family” within the larger campus community. Along with MPP and MPAP programs, Bloustein School also grants Ph.D in Planning & Public Policy, Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) degree, and Master of City and Regional Studies (MCRS) degree. There are opportunities for MPP students at Rutgers to pursue a dual degree in law (JD/MPAP), business administration (MBA/MPP), global affairs (MPP/MS), public health (MPP/MPH) and urban planning (MPP/MCRP). Bloustein School is also affiliated with Korea Development Institute (KDI) and they jointly run Korea Development Institute Scholar program.

Curriculum Design: The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at Bloustein School is typically a two-year degree for full-time students. Students must complete 48 credits, including 30 credits of required course work and 18 elective credits. The Bloustein School’s MPP program is one of only 11 programs in public policy accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, the global standard in public service education. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s program in public affairs, administration, or policy meets a set of standards regarding curriculum, administration, mission, student admissions, faculty quality, student services and placement, and facilities.

Students are required to complete 48 credits in: Public Policy Formation (3 credits); Economics and Public Policy (3 credits); One of the following organizational courses (3 credits): a) Managing People and Organizations b) Nonprofit Management c) Public Management; One of the following financial courses (3 credits): a) Finance b) Budgeting and Public Policy c) State and Local Public Finance; Methods I: Research Design (3 credits); Methods II: Data Analysis (3 credits); Advanced Methods course selected from the school’s numerous offerings (3 credits): a) Advanced Qualitative Methods b) Cost-Benefit Analysis c) Discrete Choice Methods d) Survey Research e) Advanced Quantitative Methods; Applied Field Experience (3 credits); Policy Research Practicum I, II (6 credits); 3 courses in area of concentration (9 credits); 3 additional elective courses (9 credits)

Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students take about 76% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 23% in management-oriented subjects. Typical students take about 23% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content. This places the xxx MPAP in the "medium course requirement, policy-oriented, higher math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as the American University MPP and the Syracuse MPA. Among peers in its curricular type, the xxx has an average proportion of required courses, a relatively high number of program-specific courses on offer and a very high proportion of the coursework of a typical students is in program-specific courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that a Carleton MAPA student taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 28 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies, including shortfalls of 9 course-weeks in Leadership Skills, and shortfalls of 3 or 4 course-weeks each in Communication Skills, Democratic Institutions and Policy Process, Ethics and Accountability, and Evaluation and Performance Measurement.

Professional Program Features:

The Bloustein School makes extensive use of current and former practitioners in its teaching including former Governor of New Jersey, Jim Florio. Its courses do not make as much use of case studies as many other programs, but most of its courses do involve specific public policy and management applications. Students have access to professional development modules, career counselling services and co-curricular activities with a professional focus. The Office of Career Development at Bloustein School provides career enhancement services to students and alumni of the school. This includes students and alumni from the Master of Public Policy and Master of City and Regional Planning programs. In addition to its advising capacity, the office coordinates regularly schedules career development programs for students and alumni.

Program Summary

Website: http://bloustein.rutgers.edu/

University: Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Degree: Master of Public Affaris and Politics (MPAP) & Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Marketing Approach: "The Bloustein School seeks to improve our increasingly urbanized and interconnected world by exploring planning approaches and public policy solutions that are healthier, greener, fairer, and generate greater prosperity than do current practices. It pursues equitable and efficient solutions to public problems at multiple levels from the global to the local and emphasizes the professional perspectives of urban planning, public policy, and public health. Within each of these domains, the school advances its aspiration to be a global leader in teaching, research, and service by engaging society’s challenges with focused programs that align current strengths with emerging needs. Its mission includes: a) Solving public problems through constructive engagement of governmental, private, and non-profit actors; b) Addressing the challenge of urbanization in its various global manifestations; c) Serving New Jersey’s need for a rigorous and engaging public policy forum; and d) Preparing students for rewarding professional careers in public service," http://bloustein.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/EJPBBB-Strategic-Plan-2014.pdf accessed 8 July 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Bloustein School is a faculty within the university. Most course instructors hold appointments within the Bloustein faculty.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The xx). 

Posted Tuition: Not available online.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPAP Degree Requirements

Summary: The Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP) program at Bloustein School is typically a one-year degree for full-time students. Students must complete 30 credits, including 30 credits of required course work and 18 elective credits. Students are required to complete 48 credits in:

The Program in Public Policy  offers the Master of Public Affairs and Politics (M.P.A.P.) degree to help students develop or refine analytic and quantitative skills and to form a more thorough understanding of the political institutions and processes through which public policies are implemented and formulated. The M.P.A.P. is normally a one-year degree for full-time students, but students may also pursue it in a part-time fashion. Prospective students with five or more years of work experience in politics or public policy are encouraged to apply for the M.P.A.P.

MPP Degree Requirements

Summary: The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at Bloustein School is typically a two-year degree for full-time students. Students must complete 48 credits, including 30 credits of required course work and 18 elective credits. Students are required to complete 48 credits in:

  • Public Policy Formation (3 credits)
  • Economics and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • One of the following organizational courses (3 credits)
    • Managing People and Organizations 
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Public Management
  • One of the following financial courses (3 credits)
    • Finance
    • Budgeting and Public Policy 
    • State and Local Public Finance
  • Methods I: Research Design (3 credits)
  • Methods II: Data Analysis (3 credits)
  • Advanced Methods course selected from the school’s numerous offerings (3 credits)
    • Advanced Qualitative Methods
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Discrete Choice Methods
    • Survey Research
    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Applied Field Experience (3 credits)
  • Policy Research Practicum I, II (6 credits)
  • 3 courses in area of concentration (9 credits)
  • 3 additional elective courses (9 credits)

Duration: xx.

Academic Prerequisite: xx.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: x. See Note 1.

Note 1: xx.

Number of Required Courses: x

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): x

Number of Electives Offered within Program: x.

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes.

Internship Required: Elective

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not referenced on program website.

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on program website.

Applied Projects: Not referenced on program website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website.

Students must complete 30 credits, including a required core of 12 credits in policy, research methods, economics, and analysis. There is no thesis requirement.A student must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 in order to graduate. If a student’s grade-point average is below a 3.0 at the end of a semester, the student will have one semester to improve the average to 3.0 or greater. During the semester, the student will be on probation. Additionally, a student cannot graduate with more than three courses (9 credits) with grades of C+ or below.

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at xxx, accessed 14 February 2015.

Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions at . 

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   

xxx

xxx

I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree

14

Number of required courses

8

Number of elective courses taken

6

Number of courses offered

17

Enrolment weight of elective courses

0.53

II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

27.1%

  - Strategy and Structure

10.0%

  - Economic Analysis

0.0%

 

  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences

13.5%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

3.5%

Institutions and Context

20.6%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

0.0%

  - Ethics and Accountability

3.5%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

17.1%

Management Functions

7.1%

  - Public Financial Management

7.1%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.0%

  - Other Management Functions

0.0%

Policy Sectors

45.3%

  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

0.0%

  - International Development

20.6%

  - Health

10.6%

  - Other Policy Sectors

14.1%

                              Total

100%

III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

2.13

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

1.60

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

2.39

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.06

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.56

Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies

7.74

IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.19

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

0.74

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

0.64

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

0.70

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.71

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

0.77

V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis

0.00

Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

0.00

Quantitative Methods

0.49

Total

0.49

Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required

3.5%

Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions

34.1%

 

Source: At http://bloustein.rutgers.edu/and related sites (accessed 8 July 2015).

Page Created By: James Ban on 8 July 2015.

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