Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the Master of Business & Science degree?

The MBS is a Professional Science Masters degree. It is a hybrid of an M.S. and an M.B.A. The MBS has a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) CIP code (for visa purposes). The degree is offered by the Graduate Schools on all three Rutgers campuses. This degree incorporates business electives from the Rutgers Business School (RBS-Newark/New Brunswick), the Camden Business School, and The School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). Certain courses that relate to cutting-edge technology are also offered by the PSM Program which is an accredited Graduate Program. Students interested in taking only business courses should see the MBA program at Rutgers Business School and Camden Business School.

Can I take courses Part-time?

Yes, the MBS program offers full-time and part-time options. 9 credits or more per semester is considered full-time and anything less is considered as part-time. Part-time students can register for a minimum of 1 credit per semester.

Can I pursue the MBS degree on a part-time basis?

Yes! Many of our current students are working professionals and need to register as part-time students.  The courses you will need to take to graduate are offered in the evenings and/or weekends. Requirements are different for international students

How do I obtain additional information regarding the Master of Business and Science degree?

We offer weekly live information session webinars hosted by our MBS Staff. You will have an opportunity to participate in the Q&A session following the webinar. Please click on this link to register for the webinar.

Is the MBS degree fully online?

To view a list of our fully online programs, click here.

What time are the in-person classes held?

Since most of our students are working professionals, the classes are scheduled generally in the evenings from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Can I transfer to MBS from a graduate program at a different university?

Yes, you can transfer a maximum of 12 credits. Please visit this link for more information.

How can I schedule an appointment with an advisor?

You can schedule an in-person or over the phone appointment with an MBS advisor using the Request an appointment with an advisor page.

How long does it take to complete the MBS degree?

Most full-time students complete the degree requirements in 18 months to two years and part-time students usually take 2-4 years to complete the degree. Students can attend summer and winter session courses in addition to the fall and spring terms.

What is the difference between a Professional Science Master's (PSM) Degree and a Master of Business and Science (MBS)?

The MBS degree is a Professional Science Master's degree.

The Professional Science Master's (PSM)(link is external) is a national initiative  that began with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation establishing PSM programs at different institutions across the country.  "Professional Science Master's degrees are designed in partnership with employers and feature learning in real-world environments. They educate science professionals to meet the STEM workforce demands of the 21st century." - www.professionalsciencemasters.org The actual degree names vary among the different universities offering this degree. Here at Rutgers, we have decided to call it a "Master of Business & Science" to reflect the expertise our students will have after completing the program. Our science concentrations have been approved by the PSM National Office and bear the PSM logo. Please see here(link is external) for more information about PSM affiliation ("accreditation" process). The Rutgers PSM program is also an active member of the National Professional Science Master's Association.

 

For Applicants

If I have an advanced degree, do I still have to take 43 credits?

No, if you have an advanced degree from a US institution (PhD, MD, MBA, MPA, MS, etc) , you may be able to transfer up to 12 credits from your advanced degree towards the MBS degree. This is also the case if you have not completed the advanced degree. Course transfer credit is subject to course transfer policies at Rutgers.  Please contact us for more information.

Can I transfer my application from a different Rutgers graduate program to the MBS Degree Program?

Contact psmadmissions@docs.rutgers.edu for more information and next steps. 

Can I apply for the MBS degree while enrolled in a different Master's degree program?

Earning a double Master's degree is a personal choice. If you decide to pursue a double Master's degree, with the approval of your MBS curriculum advisor, you can count up to 12 credits of graduate work toward the MBS degree. For these purposes, the MBS is equivalent to an MS degree. If you are interested please contact our office.

Where can I upload my supporting documents (Such as a Resume)?

You can upload supporting documents by logging in on your application portal through this link: https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/CredentialUpload/Applicant/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fCredentialUpload

Upon logging in, your screen will look like the image below:

Click "Upload"

Select the "Type", denoting whether your upload is a resume, writing sample, personal statement, unofficial degree transcript, unofficial other transcript, GRE score, TOEFL score, or other. 

Select the file from your computer by clicking "Select". 

Click "Upload" to upload this supporting material to the application portal. 

See image for supported file types. 

How can I change a recommender's email or add a new recommender?

We cannot edit or change recommender information once the application is submitted. Please ask the recommender to send the letter to this email grad_help@gradadm.rutgers.edu, and the grad admissions office will add it to your application.

Where can I check my application status?

To check your application status, use this link: https://admissionservices.rutgers.edu/graduate/programStatusLogon.app

How long does it take for a decision to be made regarding my admittance?

Once your application is complete with all supporting documents, it typically takes two to three weeks for a decision to be made. 

Do you accept GMAT or MCAT scores?

Yes, we accept GMAT and MCAT scores that are less than 2 years old. Please refer to the document in this link.

Where can I or my previous institution send an official copy of my transcript electronically?

I submitted my application, but I am waiting for my RUID to be sent to me via email to begin uploading my supporting documents. How long does this typically take?

Your RUID will be assigned within 48-72 hours. If you have not received your RUID within 72 hours, please contact grad_help@gradadm.rutgers.edu 

I want to check the status of my official transcripts and if they have been received by the main Rutgers Graduate & Professional Admissions office. Who should I contact?

Finances and Tuition

How much will the MBS cost?

Tuition for the MBS is assessed on a per-credit basis and in-state and out-of-state tuition costs vary. Tuition charges are set in July and a full listing of tuition prices for graduate students at Rutgers can be found here. The MBS tuition is listed on the spreadsheet found under New Brunswick Campus Graduate students.

Where can I find more information on financial assistance for MBS degree students?

For general financial aid questions visit this link. 

DOES THE MBS PROGRAM OFFER FELLOWSHIPS OR SCHOLARSHIPS TO CURRENT MBS STUDENTS?

Although we do not offer scholarships, students will have the opportunity to apply for fellowships. Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher may qualify for a limited number of fellowships. We offer two types of fellowship programs -- (1) an internship/externship fellowship (2) a general fellowship 

Class Registration and Enrollment

Can I take a semester off from the MBS degree program?

Yes. If you are an MBS student and you need to take a temporary leave (fall/spring) due to extenuating circumstances such as work travel, illness, etc, register for matriculation continued, 16:137:800. for a maximum of two consecutive terms.This is essentially a placeholder to keep your status active with Rutgers and MBS.  Please also notify your MBS advisor.  Failure to register for matriculation continued will result in the deactivation of your Rutgers NetID/email in addition to submitting a readmission form.There is no tuition fee for this registration, although a student fee is charged. For International students, you will have to check with your International Student Advisor for information regarding visa regulations and eligibility for this option.

Steps to register for Matriculation continued:

1) Login to WebReg using your Netid and password: https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/

2) Choose semester[Spring or Fall] 

3) Navigate to "Course Lookup" and choose respective location of your graduate program.

4) In the "Course lookup tab", under "Search by keyword" enter the course number(16:137:800) and click submit.

5) The course appears as shown below. and you can click on the "Register" link to proceed further.

What is the readmission process after taking a semester off?

We understand students have unexpected life circumstances or work obligations that may require taking a semester off.  If you have registered for "Matriculation Continued", you do not need to fill our a readmission form (see this FAQ). If not, you will be required to fill out the readmission form and submit it to the PSM office for review/approval. Prior to being considered for readmission, students must have resolved all incomplete course grades and meet satisfactory academic progress. Please meet  with an academic advisor to discuss.

How do I verify my enrollment status?

Requests for verifications are received by the Registrar's Office from external agencies such as credit card companies, prospective employers, lending institutions, state departments of higher education, government agencies, students, and others. In order to expedite processing the large number of verification requests received, a standard computer generated form letter has been adopted to provide information generally requested by external agencies instead of completing every specialized form received individually.

Link: http://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/grad/enrollver.htm

Can I register for a course offered by the Rutgers Business School?

Yes. Fill out the Rutgers Business School Special Permission Number form and submit it to vpasigos@docs.rutgers.eduIf approved by our office, the document will be submitted to the Business School on your behalf. SPN requests need to be sent to the business school approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester for review/approval of an SPN. Once approved, the our department will obtain the SPN from the Business School and provide it to you. Please DO NOT contact the business school or the professor of the course directly.

I am a current Rutgers undergraduate student admitted to the MBS degree for the summer term. I am attempting to register for a summer MBS course, but I am receiving this notification on webreg (below). What should I do?

Fill out the SPN webform with the course(s) you would like to register for and in the comments section indicate that you are a RU undergrad accepted to the MBS degree. If approved, a member from our team will email the registrar's office on your behalf to register you for the course(s).

How many credits can I register for in one semester?

The maximum number of credits that graduate students (domestic or international) can register for in a given semester is 16 credits.

WHEN DOES THE SEMESTER START AND END?

The MBS program and Rutgers School of Graduate Studies follows the Rutgers University Academic Calendar. This calendar provides the semester start and end dates as well as other important dates related to academics.

Where can I find information on important registration deadlines?

Please click this link to learn more about important registration deadlines. 

What is the process to drop a class?

The process to drop a course on WebReg is https://registrar.camden.rutgers.edu/course-actions.

Online and Hybrid Courses

What learning management system (LMS) is used for online MBS course delivery?

The MBS uses Canvas. 

What video conferencing platforms are used by course instructors?

It is up to the individual course instructor. Some examples are: Zoom, Webex, MS Teams, and Big Blue Button.

Graduation Requirements

Does the MBS degree require a thesis?

The MBS degree does not require a research thesis. However, students are required to complete a capstone course that involves working in teams, writing and presenting a business case/plan.

What are the PSM colloquium guidelines?

Please refer to the colloquium guidelines form.

I SUBMITTED ALL FORMS AND COMPLETED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY DIPLOMA?

Once the completed forms are received by the MBS office, they are then sent to the Graduate School Dean’s Office and then to the registrar. The timing for delivery of the diplomas is ultimately determined by the registrar. The MBS office has no control over the length of the approval process nor has any knowledge of the timing of diploma delivery. For the most accurate information, contact the New Brunswick Office of the Registrar directly (https://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/).

WHEN IS COMMENCEMENT?

Please see this link for important graduate school deadlines and dates. 

 

For 4+1 Students

I AM A 4+1 BS/MS STUDENT WHO JUST GRADUATED. I AM ABOUT TO START MY GRADUATE STUDIES. HOW MANY CREDITS ACCRUED WHILE I WAS AN UNDERGRADUATE, CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THE MBS DEGREE? WHEN CAN I TRANSFER THEM AND WHAT IS THE PROCESS?

You can transfer up to 12 credits into the MBS program from those that you accrued during your undergraduate studies.

  • 6 of the 12 can be “doubled counted: (i.e. they can count towards both the BS and MS degree.
  • 6 of the 12 can be from graduate level courses taken while you were an undergraduate student.

The School of Graduate studies requires that “the student must have earned at least 9 credits at Rutgers in a graduate program prior to the transfer request. (See SGS transfer credits policy for more information).

After you complete 9 credits as a graduate student, you need to complete 2 forms

Upon completion, send the forms to psminfo@docs.rutgers.edu for review and processing.

For Non-Matriculated Students

I AM CURRENTLY A NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT. I FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMITTED THE Application for Change in Degree Status FORM. WHEN WILL THE CHANGE BE APPROVED AND HOW CAN I TELL?

 Once the completed forms are received by the MBS office, they are then sent to the Graduate School Dean’s Office and then to the Office of the Registrar. The timing for approval is ultimately determined by the registrar. The MBS office has no control over the length of the approval process nor has any knowledge of the timing as to when the change will take effect.

To determine whether the change from non-matriculated to degree status has taken effect, you can look at your transcript. When the change is approved the “Degree Sought” status will change from “NON-MATRICULATED “ to “TERMINAL MASTERS”. (see below)

 

For Certificate Students

If I enroll in one of the certificate programs, will I automatically be accepted for the Master of Business and Science?

No. Like any Master's degree program, you will have to formally apply to the Graduate School to be accepted for the Master of Business and Science degree. The credits will transfer over. For those interested in the degree, it is best to apply after taking 12 credits.

International Students

Is the MBS a STEM degree?

Yes, the MBS is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree and is eligible for STEM OPT extension for international students, and has a STEM CIP code for visa purposes. 

I am an international applicant and I have recently been accepted for admission to the MBS degree. Where can I find more information on providing financial documentation (Certification of Funds)

How many online courses can I take as an international student?

There are specific guidelines for international students. Please refer to this link for additional information.