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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers Universitymarker serves as a center for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship. The school is located in New Brunswickmarker, New Jerseymarker, and was named in honor of former Rutgers President Edward J. Bloustein (1971 to 1989).

Through its academic programs and research centers, the Bloustein School engages in instruction and research, and combines learning and application (for example, it holds "studios" in which students create plans for communities in New Jersey through communication with community stakeholders). The school has compiled a list of school-wide areas of expertise that offers a glimpse into the school's strengths and the specializations of the faculty. (Some faculty members specialize in transportation planning, other specialize in the environment, some others (including former governor Jim Florio [287536]) have specialties in policy, and professors also specialize in real-estate development. At least one professor specializes in information systems as applied to public planning and policy, and other professors specialize in quantitative and qualitative research methods and the furtherance of such methods.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Planning and Public Policy, Urban Planning and Policy Development, and Urban Studies and Public Health.

The university program is also accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).


Admission to the Bloustein School is competitive. Prospective students are individuals who have graduated from approved institutions and who show evidence of potential for successful completion of a graduate program. Qualified students may be eligible for need- or merit-based financial aid. The Bloustein School also offers research and practicum opportunities through the wide variety of centers and institutes housed within the school.

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