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PhD in Public Affairs, with an emphasis in community development



Public Affairs takes place at the intersection of increasingly complex globalized economic, political, legal, and social systems. Our interdisciplinary program with an emphasis in Community Development brings together the perspectives of public policy, law, social science and the private sector.

Our PhD program focuses on social capital, social justice, and social entrepreneurship leading to a Ph.D. with significant applied skills and policy expertise.

This is where it all starts to create your career in academia, public service, nonprofit advocacy, or public policy, centered on a commitment to making a difference in the world.  Both international and domestic training in community development are available.

Rutgers-Camden has a unique offering of campus opportunities and resources including the School of Law, Rutgers–Camden Technology Campus business incubator, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Center for Strategic Urban and Community Leadership, affiliation with the LEAP Charter Schools, the Center for Urban Research and Education and top scholars and staff who are deeply focused on the issues of urban redevelopment, community development, immigration, international development, public health, entrepreneurship, and urban education.

As the southernmost of the three regional campuses that comprise Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – an AAU institution noted worldwide for its scholarship – Rutgers–Camden is an urban research campus with a strong commitment to civic engagement with our community.

The Ph.D. in Public Affairs–Community Development program creates several financial aid opportunities for doctoral students. All graduate students are eligible for in-state tuition. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships, which cover tuition costs for nine (9) credits per semester and include a living stipend, are available on a competitive basis to students accepted for full-time study in the Ph.D. program. If interested, be sure to indicate full-time or part-time status and a preference for funding.

Apply online now! (deadline: March 31)

For more information, contact:
Dr. Marie Chevrier
Chair, Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2973