Prevention Science (M.A. and Ph.D.)

Prevention Science
(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.


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.

Program Overview




DEGREEMaster of Arts (M.A.)Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CREDITS34 credits61 Credits
FORMATFull-time or part-time, on-campusFull-time or part-time, on-campus
DURATION4-5 semesters 10 semesters
FUNDINGUniversity, 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

Download the program overview for insights on distinctions, M.A. vs. Ph.D., career, and additional program details and information.

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.

Admissions Requirements




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 recommendationThree letters of recommendation
PERSONAL STATEMENT A letter of interest/purposeA letter of interest/purpose, which includes information about specific faculty members with whom students want to work.
STANDARDIZED TEST Not requiredNot required

Application Deadlines

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.




Reach Out to Us

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.


Dr. Kristin August

Graduate Director
(856) 225-6431


Erick E. Watt-Udogu

Assistant Dean, Graduate School-Camden
(856) 225-6149

Take the Next Step.

We invite you to explore the boundless opportunities that await you here, where a world-class faculty, diverse community, and innovative curriculum converge to nurture your intellect and foster your professional growth. Your future starts with a simple yet significant act – learning more about the exceptional programs we offer. So, why wait? Start your application journey with us, and together, we’ll unlock a future filled with possibilities and endless success.