skip to main content

Student Spotlight

We R Arts and Sciences: Paul Moré, Jr.

Paul More, Jonathan, and JosueIn 2007, Paul Moré, Jr. established the Moré Family Scholarship. “It is my way of continuing to honor my parents," he says. Read more ...

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Ms. Karen McGrath
(856) 225-6337; fax: -6559

Urban Studies:
Ms. Lisa Alston
(856) 225-2936; fax: -6085

Home » Degrees and Programs » PhD in Public Affairs, with an emphasis in community development

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. Lorraine Minnite
Chair, Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-2973

About the Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. in Public Affairs–Community Development is a 66-credit Doctoral degree program offered by the Department of Public Policy & Administration that consists of interdisciplinary coursework and culminates in a doctoral dissertation.

This program’s curriculum is designed to give students a strong theoretical grounding in the interdisciplinary nature of public affairs and community development by incorporating courses from the DPPA, The Law School, and The Business School at Rutgers–Camden.

The required courses ensure that students develop an understanding of community development across levels of analysis, levels of government, and the connections between governments and private and non-profit organizations.

Robust research methods requirements allow students to cultivate keen research skills that will allow them to successfully compete in the job market both inside and outside academia. Meanwhile, elective courses further expand the interdisciplinary aspect of the program while also providing students with the opportunity to tailor the program to their research and professional interests.

Ultimately, the advanced coursework provides students with expertise in community development as they begin to formulate their doctoral dissertation, which accounts for 15 of the program’s 66 credits. Students must formulate a dissertation proposal and project, both stages of which must be successfully defended at an oral dissertation panel consisting of three Rutgers faculty members.

In addition, students in the Ph.D. program who are unable to complete the doctoral requirements will still be eligible to receive a Master’s of Arts in Public Affairs, provided they successfully completed the core curriculum and meet the requirements for the degree.