(M.A. | Ph.D.)
Welcome to the Rutgers–Camden M.A. and Ph.D. program in Prevention Science, an interdisciplinary approach dedicated to addressing the most complex challenges confronting communities and individuals. Prevention Science has emerged as a critical field due to the realization that the most formidable problems often defy the confines of traditional academic disciplines.
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The Rutgers–Camden Prevention Science program places a strong emphasis on intervention strategies, causal analysis, and advanced statistical methods. Graduates acquire essential skills for conducting high-quality research in diverse fields, including international development, education reform, and healthcare.
Our program is designed to help students understand and address academic, social, and health issues at both community and individual levels. We prioritize the development of effective interventions and the application of research findings to practical policies.
The interdisciplinary approach covers a wide range of social challenges, including health, education, business, psychology, human development, and criminal justice. By embracing this multidisciplinary perspective, our graduates are well-prepared to tackle complex societal issues and contribute to positive change for individuals and communities.
For doctoral candidates, the distinctive focus of the Rutgers–Camden program—intervention, causal analysis, and statistical sophistication—prepares graduates for conducting high-quality research. They will have the tools required for work in areas like international development, educational reform, healthcare, and more. Furthermore, the growing recognition of the need for prevention science researchers means that Ph.D. graduates are sought after by universities, governments, private research organizations, and philanthropies.
Charting Your Course: M.A., Ph.D., and M.A. to Ph.D. Options
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Prevention Science is a 34-credit program.
M.A. to Ph.D.
In the M.A. to Ph.D. model, students pursue an M.A. degree, take the same classes, and are on schedule as Ph.D. students. After the M.A. students undergo a streamlined application process for the Ph.D.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Prevention Science, a -61 credit program, prepares students to become researchers in the field, offering a comprehensive curriculum to develop expertise as scholars.
|DEGREE||Master of Arts (M.A.)||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)|
|CREDITS||34 credits||61 Credits|
|FORMAT||Full-time or part-time, on-campus||Full-time or part-time, on-campus|
|DURATION||4-5 semesters||10 semesters|
|FUNDING||University, and Graduate School (Partial Funding Only)||University, and Graduate School (Full funding available for select students)|
Program in Action
Our program’s unique focus on intervention, causal analysis, and statistical expertise equips graduates for high-quality research in various fields
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The interdisciplinary faculty researches various health and social aspects, from from racial/ethnic disparities in sentencing to government policies on healthcare access, fostering broad insights.
INTRO TO PREVENTION SCIENCE (56:792:501)
This course covers prevention science theory, research, and practice, including foundational concepts, theory-to-intervention translation, methodology, and implementation.
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH (56:792:504)
This course explores factors influencing health inequalities, offering strategies for reducing disparities and achieving health equity through innovation.
DESIGN FOR CAUSAL ANALYSIS (56:792:602)
In this course, we’ll focus on causal inference in empirical research, introducing causality concepts and research designs for causal interpretations without heavy mathematical computation.
APPLIED PREVENTION SCIENCE (56:792:604)
This course emphasizes building community relationships, conducting participatory research, and practical experience through weekly site visits, reflection, and discussion.
SEMINAR IN ACTION RESEARCH (56:792:605)
This course offers hands-on experience in social change projects, usually building upon their applied prevention science work, culminating in a capstone project.
APPLIED STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING (56:792:502)
This lab-based course introduces foundational concepts and skills for programming in R, a widely-used statistical program for data analysis.
|TRANSCRIPTS||A transcript showing the completion of an undergraduate degree (≥ 3.3 overall GPA; ≥ B+ in stats and methods)||A transcript showing the completion of an undergraduate degree (≥ 3.7 overall GPA; ≥ A in stats and methods)|
|LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION||Three letters of recommendation||Three letters of recommendation|
|PERSONAL STATEMENT||A letter of interest/purpose||A letter of interest/purpose, which includes information about specific faculty members with whom students want to work.|
|STANDARDIZED TEST||Not required||Not required|
Preference is given to those submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.
Ph.D. – Jan 19
M.A. – Mar 1
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Let’s begin a conversation about your academic and professional goals. If you have questions regarding the curriculum, faculty, admission criteria, or committee, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Director. For administrative inquiries concerning the application process, campus, tuition, and fees, reach out to the Graduate School. We are dedicated to assisting you from application to graduation day.
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