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 Continuing Education Program has different options to best fit your continuing education needs! Courses can be taken as standalone for professional development or may be applied towards a future master’s degree. Undergrad degree is required for all courses.

This course will introduce students to the legal and regulatory systems that govern the production, labeling, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer, and spirits.  The course will highlight key issues in the structure and application of the patchwork of the more than 4,000 alcoholic beverage laws and regulations in the United States.  Students will also receive an introduction to the roles played by legal systems and lawyers in interpreting laws and regulations, adjudicating disputes, and advancing policy. The course will be presented by practitioners who have represented companies in the industry and will present industry as well as consumer and government perspectives.

Course Format: Online

Button: Global Food Continuing Education

The Global Good Continuing Education Certificate Program is a fully online program that provides food industry professionals with the opportunity to acquire the most critical skills and knowledge in the areas of food product design, data science, food production and regulations.  In this program, you can specialize in one focused area that will enhance your knowledge and skills in the area of interest with the ability to choose courses that may best fit your desired skills and learning growth.  Each course module has been specifically created for the needs and skills professionals want to develop their knowledge in. This Certificate Program in Global Food is continuously looking ahead to the trends and needs being found in the Food Industry, which will be applied in all courses. 

Course Format: Online

Button: Current Reg's and Standards for Foods and Cosmetics

This course will introduce students to the legal and regulatory systems that govern the production, labeling and distribution of foods and cosmetics, both domestically and internationally. The course will highlight key issues in the structure and application of foods and cosmetic laws and regulations in the United States and in critical international markets, including North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Students will also receive an introduction to the roles played by legal systems and lawyers in interpreting laws and regulations, adjudicating disputes and advancing policy. The course will be presented by practitioners who have represented regulated companies and will present industry as well as consumer and government perspectives.

Course Format: Online

Button: Business Intelligence with Visual Analytics

This course is about how Big Data interacts with business and how to use data analytics to create business value, specifically by leveraging the power of data visualization to communicate business-relevant implications of data analyses. Modules are organized around business intelligence concepts, tools, and applications, and cover the visual analytics process from beginning to end, beginning with how to work through collecting, preparing, and analyzing data to creating data visualizations, dashboards, and stories that can be used to share critical business insights. By the end, you will know how to structure and streamline data analysis projects and highlight their implications efficiently using visualizations in Tableau, the most popular visualization program used by businesses today. You will be able to make effective visualizations that harness the human brain’s innate perceptual and cognitive tendencies to convey conclusions directly and clearly. Finally, you will be practiced in designing and presenting business data stories that use these visualizations to delivery impactful business intelligence.

Course Format: Online

Button: Design Thinking- Make and Market anything

This course examines the theory and practice of promoting and managing design thinking and lean startup methodologies to drive innovation in the sciences and technology. The course explores successful use of best practice frameworks for the design of business and product strategies, funding and resourcing techniques, business models, risk / reward trade-offs, go-to-market strategies and reducing the barriers for introducing commercially successful, break-through products and services. The course will place particular emphasis on the importance and role of continuous experimentation and learning from failure, as well as provide access to a portfolio of tools that can help an organization decide whether, or not, to continue with a specific development process. Students learn theories and practices for innovation, tools and methods for design inquiry, and characteristics of “design attitude.” Make & Market Anything emphasizes a hands-on capstone project and studio-style project works and includes creating a digital prototype.

Course Format: Online

Button: Fundamentals of Visual Analytics

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: Online

Button: User Experience Design (UXD)

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: In-Person

Button: Introduction to Visual Design for UXD

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. 

Button: Product Development and 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: Online

This advanced course is a continuation of the Product Development & Formulations for Personal Care Science course. It is divided into four sections:

Section 1 covers materials and technologies that were not studied in the precursor course and revisits products as physical-chemical structures using the learnings already acquired. This section includes a challenge to all the attendees. To get ready for it, a detailed review of the key patents and scientific publications behind the most advanced and bestselling products will be done. Then the challenge will be circumventing the patents if possible, and most importantly, coming up with new, better products,

Section 2 is dedicated to “skin of color” products, covering marketing aspects, specific materials, technologies, and formulations.

Section 3 will be given by three of the best scientists in the industry covering three different topics

Section 4 addresses in a very practical manner the important areas of product specifications, scale-up, and long-term product stability.

Course Format: Online

Button: 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: Online

Button: Global Food Supply & 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: Online

Button: 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.