We offer intellectually rigorous programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduates can major in Urban Studies, an interdisciplinary field focused on the study of cities and urban policy. Students are encouraged to act on their interests in cities, urban problems, and social justice by taking advantage of opportunities for internships and fieldwork. Rutgers-Camden’s commitment to making positive change in our community of Camden, New Jersey is being realized through what we call “engaged civic learning,” that takes place through specialized academic courses, co-curricular experiences, student-designed special projects, community-based research, and volunteer service.
Masters students in Public Administration follow a core curriculum and then choose from among four different certificates: educational policy and leadership, public management, community development, or international public service and development.
In 2010, the department launched an innovative interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Public Affairs that focuses on community development and prepares students for careers in academia or leadership roles in the non-profit and voluntary sector, government, or in public policy work.
We also offer an accelerated five-year BA/MPA program for exceptional students in Urban Studies, Political Science and Economics, and a dual JD/MPA degree with the Rutgers-Camden Law School that allows students to transfer credits from one program to the other, reducing the time required for completion. Students at all levels have opportunities to engage in research supervised by our world-class faculty, and are encouraged to participate in programs sponsored by DPPA faculty-led research centers, including the Community Leadership Center and the Center for Urban Research and Education.