Rutgers University - Camden - Department of Public Policy and Administration

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 and Nonprofit Management. Fellows with five years of professional experience (Peace Corps service inclusive) may also apply to the Executive MPA program.

The Coverdell Fellowship covers both 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 a smaller urban campus experience. Our professors are engaging teachers who are well-respected in the field – many who have 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?



In order to meet the Peace Corps requirements, Fellows are required to enroll in an internship course. The faculty member collaborates with the Fellows to identify an internship placement. Most internships are paid.

Jobs for program alumni

MPA students secure jobs in government agencies, non-profit organizations, private corporations, and internally-oriented NGOs.

Other details

Program length

Three 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

In the personal statement, applicants must indicate they are applying for a Coverdell Fellowship, and upload their DOS indicating qualification for the Fellowship. Applicants should address their plans to relocate to the Philadelphia/South Jersey region in the personal statement if accepted to the MPA program. Applicants are notified of acceptance into the MPA program and status of Coverdell Fellowship award at the same time.

Program begins

Early September for fall semester. January for spring semester.

Non-traditional options

  • 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, NJ 08102