Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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Bloustein School

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University (The Bloustein School) serves as a center for the theory and practice of urban planning and public policy scholarship. The school is located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was named in honor of the former Rutgers University president, Edward J. Bloustein (1971 to 1989).

Through its academic programs and research centers, the Bloustein School engages in instruction and research, and combines learning and application (for example, it holds "studios" in which students create plans for communities in New Jersey through communication with community stakeholders). The school has compiled a list of school-wide areas of expertise that offers a glimpse into the school's strengths and the specializations of the faculty. Some faculty members specialize in transportation planning, others specialize in the environment, some others (including former governor Jim Florio [1]) have specialties in policy, and professors also specialize in real estate development. At least one professor specializes in information systems as applied to public planning and policy, and other professors specialize in quantitative and qualitative research methods and the furtherance of such methods.

The school offers undergraduate degree programs in health administration, planning and public policy, public health, public policy, and urban planning and design; master's programs in urban planning and public policy, and a Ph.D program in urban planning and policy development. Joint and dual degree master's programs in law, business administration, infrastructure planning, food and business economics, and public health are also offered.

The university program is also accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).[1]


Admission to the Bloustein School is competitive. Prospective students are individuals who have graduated from approved institutions and who show evidence of potential for successful completion of a graduate program. Qualified students may be eligible for need- or merit-based financial aid. The Bloustein School also offers research and practicum opportunities through the wide variety of centers and institutes housed within the school.

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Coordinates: 40°29′37″N 74°26′36″W / 40.493704°N 74.443457°W / 40.493704; -74.443457