Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Planning and Public Policy, offered through the Graduate School-New Brunswick, is an advanced scholarly degree appropriate for students seeking a career in university teaching and research or a leadership position in planning and public policy in the public, private or non-profit sector.


Admission to the Ph.D. program requires a formal application with supporting documents, a full resume, and evidence of research ability. All applications are reviewed by the Faculty of the Doctoral Program. In most cases, only applicants who have completed a master’s degree or its equivalent are considered for admission. In rare instances, exceptional students may be considered after they receive their bachelor’s degree or, for students enrolled in Bloustein School master’s programs, after completion of twelve credits of graduate coursework.


The number of students admitted to doctoral study is dependent on 1) the number of applicants who display a high level of performance and 2) the faculty’s capacity to provide high quality supervision in the students’ areas of interest. Completion of the doctoral degree generally takes a minimum of four to five years. Student progress toward the degree is reviewed each semester by the doctoral faculty as part of a broad program of student advising, networking, and mentoring between faculty and students and among doctoral student peers. There is no requirement for full-time residency and no language requirement, except at the discretion of the student’s dissertation committee. However, each semester prior to their qualifying examinations, students must register for at least six course work credits (usually equivalent to two classes).


Bloustein School doctoral students have received a wide variety of awards and fellowships and graduates have obtained senior positions in universities, research centers, governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.


PhD Handbook

2011 Handbook



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