PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Building Relationships that Shape Your Future

Kim, StephenStephen Y. Kim
2009 University of Michigan PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellow
2015 M.A.L.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Six years have passed since completing my PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the University of Michigan. However, upon the eve of my graduation this May from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, I am reminded constantly of my days in Ann Arbor and the experiences I shared with my wonderful cohort. PPIA, more so than a fellowship, is a community. Twice a week in my Human Rights course at Fletcher, I sit next to my dear friend and fellow PPIA Michigan classmate and chuckle at how small the world really is. Throughout the rigor of the Ford School’s JSI, I found a group of people who became role models and will remain colleagues of mine throughout my professional life.

Stephen Kim 2PPIA affirmed my desire to pursue a graduate program and career in international affairs. The most memorable event during my JSI was the graduate school consortium fair hosted by the Ford School. There I met a representative of the Fletcher School who for the next three years, engaged with me constantly on everything from Fletcher to career paths. Through my ensuing experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea and a manager of the Fulbright program in Seoul, I wanted to continue my learning process in a graduate program designed for global thinkers. The Fletcher School was ideal. I could build upon the foundational courses I took at Michigan but could also delve into electives on microfinance and North Korea, all from my first semester. The school was also very flexible in allowing me to take a gap year off to pursue a David L. Boren Fellowship abroad in the middle of my program. Now as I graduate, I will be working as a global recruiter for international organizations and nonprofits seeking complex staffing solutions for senior positions across the world. I am thankful for the opportunities PPIA afforded me and will always advocate on its behalf throughout my career.

Make a difference with a degree from the Bloustein School!

Committed to public service, contributing to change

Rutgers1The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy serves as one of the nation’s key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the school capitalizes on the strength and resources of this major research university. The Bloustein School reaches to the larger world beyond the realm of academia to contribute to the regional, national, and international communities.

The Bloustein School is one of the premier institutions of its kind, serving as host to several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs. Many of these centers offer continuing education and training programs for government officials, nonprofit leaders, and career professionals, enabling the school to broaden its outreach endeavors.

Research Centers and Institutes:

  • Bloustein Center for Survey Research
  • National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy
  • Rutgers3_buildingRutgers Center for Green Building
  • Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk
  • Rutgers Regional Report / State Data Center
  • Center for Urban Policy Research
  • Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
  • John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development


  • Bloustein Local Government Research Center
  • Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development Initiative
  • National Transit Institute
  • New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative
  • Rutgers Economic Advisory Service

Rutgers4_classroomThe Bloustein School’s Program in Public Policy is proud of its commitment to the careful analytical evaluation of public policies. For the second year in a row, the Bloustein School’s MPP program was ranked #1 by GraduatePrograms.com for its high caliber instruction, student support, and smaller, more personal cohort-based class sizes. The school is committed to the evaluation of policies designed to alleviate inequality and is particularly focused on urban policy, being fortunate to have one of the top urban planning schools in the country located in the same building.  The school recently announced a new concentration in urban policy and community development to highlight this aspect of our program.

Inequality is all over the news.  The President has mentioned it and scholars and politicians have come up with myriad solutions to this vexing problem.  At the Bloustein School, we have numerous professors who examine various programs designed to help society’s least fortunate.  We also are proud of our work in policy areas related to lifting people out of poverty such as health policy, labor policy—we are home to the nationally renowned Heldrich Center for Workforce Development—and education policy.

The Public Policy program at the Bloustein School is a small but growing program.  Our students enjoy attention from professors who are devoted to their roles both as teachers and as mentors.  As a small program in a large university—Rutgers recently joined the BIG 10 and Committee on Institutional Cooperation—we can offer students the advantages of individual attention coupled with many options for expanding their courses of study.  Located a short train ride from Washington, DC and an even shorter ride to New York City, our students enjoy access to employment opportunities in exciting cutting-edge organizations.

Rutgers2We are looking for students with a deep-seated commitment to public service as well as sharp analytical and open minds. We work with these committed students in our Master of Public Policy program to hone their skills and ensure that upon graduation, they are able to maximize their contributions to the city, state, or country that they intend to serve.

Dual-degree options with law, urban planning, global affairs, and business are also available. Because of our respect for the PPIA program, we guarantee tuition remission and a generous stipend for PPIA Fellows that apply.

If you have any questions about the deadline, application process, or academic programs, please contact us at recruit@policy.rutgers.edu or 848-932-4008. Ask about setting up a visit to the Bloustein School!