The study of public affairs takes place at the intersection of increasingly complex economic, political, legal, and social systems. Our rigorous interdisciplinary program, with its emphasis on community development, brings together scholarship and applied research from the fields of public policy, public administration, law, business, and the social sciences to prepare students for careers in academia, applied research-related fields, the non-profit sector, and government.

Rutgers-Camden has a unique offering of campus opportunities and resources including the Schools of Law and Business, the Rutgers–Camden Technology Campus business incubator, Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Community Leadership Center, which is affiliated 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, urban poverty, immigration, race and politics, international development, public health, entrepreneurship, urban education, and social justice.

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. Graduate Assistantships, which cover tuition costs for full-time study (at least nine (9) credits per semester) and include a living stipend, are available on a competitive basis.  If interested in being considered for funding, be sure to indicate full-time or part-time status and a preference for funding on your application.

The Application Period for the 2017-2018 Academic Year Is Now Closed.

Apply Online by February 1, 2018, for the 2018-2019 Academic Year  


Dr. Richard A. Harris
Graduate Director, Ph.D. Program in Public Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6339