Rutgers University’s Public Affairs/Community Development graduate programs (Ph.D. and M.S.) offer rigorous courses of study in theoretical and applied social sciences, and draw on the expertise of our renowned faculty, including in the areas of public policy, public administration, urban affairs, and political economy, as well as in law and business.

Your classes will explore and critique the literature and history of community development from different perspectives that speak to critically important issues such as: Community Power and Organizing; Urban Sustainability; Economic and Social Justice; and International Development Strategies. Through advanced study of Statistical Inquiry, Geospatial Analysis, Case Study Methods, and Ethnography, our programs equip you for further scholarly inquiry and social impact in the multidisciplinary field of community development.