Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University - Camden

Why you should consider this program

Coverdell Fellows enroll in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and can select a specialization in Community Development or Public Management with optional policy focus areas in International Development and Education Policy. Fellows with five years of professional experience (Peace Corps service inclusive) may also apply to the Executive MPA program.

The Coverdell Fellowship includes tuition and fees. Full-time students complete in 3 semesters, part-time students complete in 4 to 6 semesters. Fellowships are renewable for two years as long as the student remains in good academic standing. Rutgers–Camden offers a unique urban setting in which students have opportunities for civic engagement and participation in the greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 40,000 $ 40,000 $ 0
Out of state $ 50,900 $ 50,900 $ 0
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

100% tuition and fee waiver.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

Six to eight Fellowships are awarded annually.

Other benefits or opportunities

Rutgers-Camden offers the MPA program with the benefits of a world-class research university and the benefit of a smaller urban campus experience. Our professors are engaging teachers who are well-respected in the field – many who have had extensive professional experience in the public sector,

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the program develops competencies required for today’s public and nonprofit sector leaders.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 24,000

Application fee waived?



Fellows are required to enroll in an internship course in which the coordinator works with students to secure a semester-long placement in one of the many non-profit organizations working in Camden or in the region.

Jobs for program alumni

MPA students have secured jobs in government agencies at all levels, non-profit organizations, private corporations, and internally-oriented NGOs.

Other details

Program length

Two to six semesters; full or part-time Fellowships are available.

Application requirements

Official undergraduate transcripts, personal statement, resume, references, application form, and description of service (DOS)

Admissions process

Please indicate on your application that you have served in the Peace Corps and would like to be considered to receive a Coverdell Fellowship. Applicants should address their plans to relocate to the Philadelphia/South Jersey region in the personal statement if a relocation is required. You will be notified of your acceptance into the MPA program and awarded with a Coverdell Fellowship around the same time.

Program begins

Early September for fall semester; mid-January for spring semester

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Executive MPA program is open to RPCV with at least five years of professional experience, inclusive of time served in the Peace Corps. The Executive MPA program format includes Saturday morning classes and online course work (fall admissions only).
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship. On campus classes are offered in the evenings, Monday-Thursday.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Dr. Angie McGuire, Graduate Program Director, Department of Public Policy and Administration

Department of Public Policy and Administration
401 Cooper Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102