Continuing Education Courses

Interested in a career change but not sure if you want a master's degree?
Want to refresh your skills for a promotion?
Need to branch out and stay relevant in your field?

Rutgers Professional Science Master's Program has easy options for you! We offer some of our graduate-level courses that are part of our graduate curriculum to the general public, as part of our continuing education. You can enroll in our continuing education courses without registering as a degree or non-degree student. See the list below for our current course offering.

Fundamentals of Visual Analytics (Register Now!)

This course focuses on the fundamentals, breaking down the art and science of turning data into insightful, actionable information graphics. We’ll provide an introduction in data visualization, visual analytics, and visual data storytelling. This course will introduce students to appropriate design principles for creating meaningful displays of quantitative and qualitative data to facilitate managerial decision-making through visual analytics. Students will also learn to evaluate the effectiveness of visualization designs, and think critically about each design decision, such as choice of color and choice of visual encoding.  

Course Format: Free, 5 week online course starting April 13-May 15, 2020

User Experience Design (Enrollment for Summer 2020 - available)

As an introduction to the field of User Experience Design (UXD), this course provides an overview of the process for specifying, designing, and testing computer interfaces to enable its users to easily learn, understand and use them. It will discuss how UXD fits within the overall interface development process, how UXD fits within a company's business operations and how each of the elements of UXD fit together into a design and development process. Furthermore, it will address important fields in UXD such as accessibility and mobile computing. This is a team taught course with experts from Industry & Academia.

Course Format: This is an intensive course with five all-day sessions spanning one week. Students need to attend these classes in-person at the designated campus location. 

Introduction to Visual Design for User Experience (Enrollment for Winter 2020 - available)

This immersive course will introduce students to some of the fundamental principles, practices, and processes of visual design in the context of sound user experience disciplines. By approaching the subject from a business and brand perspective, students explore and experience the merits of visual design, with a clear understanding of its real-world applications. Students will learn how user-interface design principles are applied to interaction design using human motor performance and human perception principles and gain a basic understanding of visual composition and human performance and how they are essential to the design of computer-based interfaces. In addition, studio setup and training in creativity are also taught.

Course Format: This is an intensive course with six all-day sessions spanning two weeks. Students need to attend these classes in-person at the designated campus location. 

Product Development & Formulations for Personal Care Science

This course is intended to be a follow-on for students who have taken the Fundamental course or who have prior work experience in the personal care industry. It is divided into two main cosmetic categories: - “rinse-off and leave-on” products.  Hands-on projects will enable the students to practically apply cosmetic science into the formulation of many products adopting the mindset of the cosmetic science formulator, not the empirical formulator.

The course will discuss key raw materials, main technologies, and the composition of a large number of products. It will follow the steps of the development process of a cosmetic product from the selection of the raw materials to composition reasoning, preparation on the bench, specifications, stability testing, etc.  There will be hands-on training on sensorial assessment of skin care products, and hydration measurements using electrical impedance.

Course Format: This course is offered online. MBS Alumni can get discounted rates. Please contact us if you want to learn more.

Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs

An overview of the laws, regulations, and regulatory agencies governing Pharmaceuticals, Devices, Biologics and Combination Products marketed in the US and in the world. The course also discusses the historical context in which the FDA evolved; its structure and its relationship with other US regulatory agencies. The course will provide an overview of market clearance pathways for drugs, biologics, medical devices and combination products so that the development and delivery of safe and effective healthcare products can be expedited. This course will emphasize teamwork, oral communication skills, and written communication skills.

Course Format: This course is offered online. MBS Alumni can get discounted rates. Please contact us if you want to learn more.

Global Food Supply and Quality Management

This course is focused on physical, chemical and biological changes in food products during delivery, and development of an understanding of the nature and properties of toxic substances in foods and the nature and magnitude of hazards they represent to human health. Special emphasis will be placed on the post-processing methods to preserve food quality and safety, methods of the quality control and prevention of food adulteration.

Course Format: This course is offered online. MBS Alumni can get discounted rates. Please contact us if you want to learn more. 

MBS Externship Exchange Course

The Rutgers Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree program provides a unique experience for its students and is now open to MBS Alumni entitled the MBS Externship Exchange. Organizations provide students with design thinking related projects ranging from market research to data analytics to product or website redesign or product packaging, or other data-driven projects. This experiential learning initiative provides learners with real world experience and mentoring from companies, large and small. All projects and teams are directed by the Externship Coordinator, Dr. Nelson, and the Advisor Team including Dr. Karen Bemis, Dr. Rupa Misra, Abbe Rosenthal, and Lori Dars.

Students and alumni can expect to work remotely on teams for 8-10 hours per week and run over the course of the semester (Spring, Summer, Fall). Students meet on campus (or online) on a biweekly basis to work on research, team, leadership, and data presentation skills. Some companies require students sign confidentially agreements.




Learn more about our continuing education courses, including how you can earn graduate level credits for the listed courses. We offer discounted prices for our MBS alumni. Please contact us for more information.