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General Information

How long does it take to complete the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree?Expand

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.

Is the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree fully online?Expand

There are several concentrations within the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree that are fully online. Click here to learn more about our fully online concentrations.

Can I pursue the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree on a part-time basis?Expand

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. 9 credits or more per semester is considered full-time and anything less is considered part-time. Part-time students can register for a minimum of 1 credit per semester. Requirements are different for international students.

What is the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree?Expand

The Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree combines a traditional STEM Master of Science degree with business courses, experiential learning, and networking opportunities. Our programs are flexible and customizable to fit your career goals and students can attend classes online or on-campus, part-time or full-time. The degree is conferred by the School of Graduate Studies on all three Rutgers campuses. We are a part of the Professional Science Master's network that includes more than 150 academic institutions across the country.

How can I obtain additional information regarding the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree?Expand

We offer weekly live information session webinars hosted by our Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree staff. You will have an opportunity to participate in the Q&A session following the webinar. 

What course delivery options are available?Expand
Students are able to take courses part-time or full-time, online or in-person, or a hybrid of in-person and online. 
Can I transfer to the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree from a graduate program at a different university?Expand

Yes, and you can transfer a maximum of 12 credits. Please reference the "Transfer From One Graduate Program to Another" form on our forms page and the Transfer Credits webpage.

How can I schedule an appointment with an advisor?Expand

You can schedule an in-person or over-the-phone appointment with a Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree advisor by requesting an appointment on our advising page.

For Applicants

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

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

Finances and Tuition

Does the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree offer fellowships or scholarships to current students?Expand

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 externship/internship (2) a general fellowship.

How much will a Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree cost?Expand

Tuition for the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree 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. Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree tuition is listed on the spreadsheet found under New Brunswick Campus Graduate students.

Course and Enrollment Related Questions

What are the course delivery methods in the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree?Expand

Face-to-Face: Requires students to attend class at a campus or center location.

Online: Online courses are completely online. Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Online instruction utilizes the web-based learning management system Canvas to deliver instruction using multimedia tools, including interactive discussion boards, audio-video recordings, bookmarks, chat rooms, announcements, and webcasts.

Online Asynchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is recorded and can be accessed at any time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Online Synchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is live, online at a specific date and time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Hybrid: Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face and online (asynchronous or synchronous). Most hybrid courses meet a maximum of one day per week in the classroom and conduct the remainder of the learning online.

The course delivery format is listed for each course on WebReg and the Schedule of Classes

Can I switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa)?Expand

Yes, please fill out this form to switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa). Students are coded differently in the registrar system based on whether they are fully online or in-person/hybrid.

Note: if you are an online student switching to hybrid/in-person, you must upload your vaccination status. Click here to learn more about how to upload your vaccination status.

How many credits can I register for in one semester?Expand

To be considered full-time, a student must take at least 9 credits per semester. Part-time is any amount of credits below 9 per semester. The maximum amount of credits that graduate students (domestic or international) can register for in a given semester is 16 credits. On average, students take about 6 credits per semester.

How do I verify my enrollment status?Expand

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 a large number of verification requests received, a standard computer-generated form has been adopted to provide information generally requested by external agencies instead of completing every specialized form received individually.

I took a semester off and did not register for matriculation continued, how do I get readmitted so that I can register for classes?Expand

Students who have not maintained continuous registration are required to be readmitted before they can register for classes. Students will be required to fill out the readmission form for review and approval. Only students in good academic standing will be considered for readmission.

Can I take a semester off from the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree?Expand

Yes. If you are a current Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree 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. Please also notify your 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:
  2. Choose semester [Spring or Fall]
  3. Navigate to Course Lookup and choose the 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.

Graduation Requirements

Does the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree require a thesis?Expand

The Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree does not require a thesis.

When is commencement?Expand

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

Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree staff also hold a separate graduation dinner once a year in the Spring in celebration of our graduates.

Where can I find the requirements for graduation and how do I submit them?Expand

Students must complete all of the requirements for the Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree in order to graduate. These requirements, along with the necessary forms, are listed on the Canvas MBS Student portal and must be completed there. 

There are prerecorded videos explaining how to complete the forms, and we run workshops every semester on how to submit graduation forms.

I submitted all forms and completed all the requirements for graduation. When can I expect to receive my diploma?Expand

The timing for the delivery of the diplomas is ultimately determined by the registrar. The Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree 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.