Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University - Camden

Why you should consider this program

Coverdell Fellows select a specialization in Community Development or Public Management with optional policy focus areas in International Development and Education Policy. The Fellowship includes tuition and fees, and is renewable for two years as long as the student remains in good 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 waiver.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Rutgers-Camden offers an 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

2 years

Application requirements

Transcripts, personal statement, resume, references, application form.

Admissions process

Please indicate on your application that you have served in the US Peace Corps and would like to be considered to receive a Coverdell Fellowship. 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

Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Our courses are offered in the evenings, Monday-Thursday. We also offer on-line courses during the summer.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



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

401 Cooper St.
Camden, New Jersey 08102