Message from the Director

I join my colleagues on the faculty in welcoming you to the Program in Public Policy.  


Let me also offer my congratulations to those who have been admitted to the Program in Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. I recently assumed the directorship of the program, and am looking forward to having many opportunities to interact with you over the next two years.

The goal of the Program in Public Policy is to train students in the processes of policy formation, implementation and evaluation. Our mission is to prepare you for careers in and around government and politics, whether in the public, private or non-profit sectors.  Every student who graduates from the Bloustein School’s public policy program has a firm grounding in the policy process, economics, and research methods. We firmly believe that students are best prepared for a career in public policy through a program that balances theoretical and methodological approaches from a variety of disciplines combined with directed field experience in government or public service agencies.

Our Master's degree programs are defined by the characteristics of intimacy and intensity. Graduate class sizes range from 10 to 30 students. Our educational environment promotes individually tailored programs of study within the context of a core set of skills delivered in the required courses. We believe in experientially-based classroom learning, and promote professional development. We treat you like adults, and want to prepare you for meaningful careers. Ours is an extraordinarily gifted faculty, comprised of nationally recognized scholars who are anchored in real-world experience and passionate about the craft of teaching.

I personally began my MPP program 17 years ago, and I still remember the excitement of beginning a new journey in an area that I was—and still am—deeply excited and passionate about. With issues such as health care reform, financial regulation, and climate change on the national agenda, it is an exciting time to be entering this field. I have no doubt that every one of you will make significant contributions to public policy, and over the next two years we will help you be prepared to do so.

I look forward to working with you.