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We R Arts and Sciences: Howard Robertson IV

“I love Rutgers–Camden. I love every minute of it,” says Howard Robertson IV. Read more ...

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401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102

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

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

Ph.D. Application Requirements

  • Deadline: February 1st for consideration of a graduate assistantship; March 1st for all others.
  • Classes begin in September (Fall admission only).
  • Applicants for full-time study are eligible to apply for an assistantship.  Please note this on your application.
  • Part-time study is accepted if you are already working professionally in the community development field or a related industry.  Please indicate on your application if you want to attend part time.


Applicants who have completed a related Master’s degree are preferred; however, students with Bachelor’s degrees and outstanding credentials are also eligible to apply.  Apply online at  The following information is required:

  • An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed or in progress; and,
  • at least two courses in Statistics, Research Methods, and/or Economics;
  • Three letters of recommendation that indicate your potential for succeeding in the Ph.D. in Public Affairs program;
  • Personal statement indicating your motivation to earn a Ph.D. and what you bring to the program as a student; a description of your background and experience; and your thoughts on how earning a Ph.D. will benefit you and your community;
  • Résumé (relevant professional experience may also be considered);
  • Writing sample of your choice (we suggest a piece of scholarly writing to demonstrate your preparation for a research-based curriculum);
  • Official graduate entry test scores, with GRE preferred, and LSAT and GMAT accepted.

Applications will be reviewed by the Rutgers–Camden Office of Graduate Admissions and the Department of Public Policy and Administration. Admission decisions will be made by March 1st for students applying for and receiving assistantships, and April 1st for others.