Frequently Asked Questions


How will Covid-19 impact the MBS program?

Most of our MBS courses (16:137:XXX) are already online, so there is no change to those offerings. We have been offering online courses for about 5 years now. Our MBS in-person courses (16:137:XXX) scheduled for Fall 2020 will be changed to a remote format. Please note, changes to Fall 2020 courses are fluid as Rutgers and Rutgers Global Services continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact to students' academic continuity 

Is the GRE required?

No. For the Fall 2020 term, we are waiving the GRE for all applicants. In place of the GRE, we are asking applicants to fill out a questionnaire. For more details and instructions, click here.

I am graduating in May and need colloquium credits. Can I still participate in events?

Yes! We have scheduled some new events. Please continue to check the MBS events listings for virtual events.

Where will the MBS Team share events/general communications if I cannot remember to check the events listing or the mbs website

The PSM Team will stay connected with students by communicating via the PSM Student Resources Canvas site.

Can I still speak with my advisor?

Yes. We have always done advising appointments by phone so that is continuing. Please schedule an appointment via appointlet ​.

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

COVID-19 International Students

WES and TOEFL has been experiencing delays. Will my application be considered without these documents?

Yes. If you cannot obtain a WES or ECE translation, we will temporarily accept a transcript but it must be in English. When all additional supporting documents are uploaded, please contact us and we will be in touch with further steps.

How will COVID-19 impact international applicants and newly admitted international students for fall 2020?

Welcome to Rutgers! We hope that you will be able to join us on-campus in the Fall 2020 semester. However, given the unpredictability of travel and visa policies due to the current health crisis, we are preparing for suitable alternatives as well. In the event that you are not able to join us in-person in the Fall, we assure you the same superior Rutgers education and experience online as well. Please review the following options carefully to determine which suits you best: 
  1. Study at Rutgers in-person in the Fall 2020 semester in F-1 or J-1 visa status: This is a viable option if the university returns to in-person classes and travel and visa restrictions are lifted. In this case you will need to request an I-20 or a DS-2019 and apply for F-1 or J-1 visa (whichever is applicable to you). You will be informed about the requirements to obtain the I-20 or DS-2019 by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. 
  2. Transfer your SEVIS record to Rutgers: If you are transferring your SEVIS record to Rutgers, we can provide you with a new I-20/ DS-2019 based on your status. In this case, you can attend Rutgers in-person if you are able to travel to Rutgers, or online if you are unable to make it due to the impact of the COVID crisis. 
  3. Begin your graduate degree program online: If you are unable to join in-person this Fall, Rutgers will offer the option for you to begin your degree program and enroll for a full course of study online for the fall 2020 semester from your home. This special option is available for all newly admitted graduate students who are unable to travel to Rutgers for the Fall semester. This is the option we recommend. 
  4. Defer your admission: If you are not able to begin at Rutgers in the Fall 2020 semester, you can also defer your admission to Spring 2021/Fall 2021 semester.

For more information and related FAQ's, see here

However you choose to join us, you will receive more details about this process from the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions regarding next steps. If you have any questions related to your immigration status, please contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions office. For general questions, please reach out to the PSM Team.

I am an international student in my final semester, currently abroad, and I cannot return to the U.S. due to travel restrictions. Can I return after the situation stabilizes?

Please visit the Rutgers Global Alerts page for additional information.

As an international student can I take online classes and still remain in legal status?

Please visit the Rutgers Global Alerts page for additional information.


What is the Master of Business & Science degree?

Why should I get a Professional Science Masters Degree?

The Master of Business and Science is a Professional Science Master's degree combining graduate level science/engineering courses with courses in business. This combination prepares students with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills that are needed for all careers today.Over 70% of scientific job postings also list business/soft skills such as budgeting, finance, project management, communication, and leadership. Courses covering these areas are included in the MBS degree.

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.

Can I come visit the MBS?

Yes – we welcome visitors! You can come during one of our in-person open houses, but many students come when they can.

Just schedule an in person appointment with an advisor (schedule 2 appointments if you can so we have the time to show you around). On that day, you can also schedule a Rutgers bus tour or come to one of our events.

If you are visiting, send us an email at and we may be able to arrange some students to speak with you.

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

How much will the MBS cost?

The 2019-2020 tuition is $1,015/credit in-state, $1,256/credit out-of-state, and $900/credit for online students (in-state or out-of-state). This does not include other fees, which may apply. 

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.

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.

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

Graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for grants, loans, and part-time employment by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here.

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 (2) a general fellowship 

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.

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.

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.

Is the MBS a research degree?

No, it is a Professional Science Master's degree. For those interested in pursuing research careers, please visit the School of Graduate Studies to explore master's and doctoral programs.

Is the MBS a science degree or a business degree?

The MBS is a combination of a science master's with business courses. It is a Master of Science degree -- and 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. The business curriculum contains courses 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.

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.


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

If no decision has been made, the student can send an e-mail to the Graduate Admissions Office to Stephanie Persing at sends e-mail) and request that the application be moved to the MBS degree program.  You will need to include your RUID number in order for this transfer to take place.

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.

What is the Certificate in Science & Technology Management?

The Certificate Program in Science & Technology Management is designed to introduce students to the management of science and technology. There are 19 credits required to earn this certificate. Certificate requirements include courses in financial management, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science/technology, ethics, and a capstone course in entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship.

The Certificate Program is part of the Graduate School New Brunswick and courses are offered through the Rutgers Business School (RBS) and the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). This certificate is available to non-matriculated students, as well as graduate students. It is of interest to student who are pursuing Ph.D. degrees but who are interested in pursuing careers in Industry or starting companies.

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.

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." - 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.


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.


Can I get my GRE score requirement waived?

Based on your work experience and education, you may be eligible for a GRE score waiver. Click here for instructions to request a waiver.

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)

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.

What is the minimum GRE score required for application to the program?

There is no minimum GRE score required to apply for the program. The applications are assessed on a sliding scale: GPA, GRE, work experience.

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

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:

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, 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:

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. 

Current Students

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:

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.

Can I apply my hours from the Rutgers Mini-MBA program towards the MBS degree?

Yes! Certain mini-MBA's are eligible for graduate credit within the MBS program. This is also the case for some of the RIE and Food Science certificates (e.g., in UXD and Customer Experience). These courses may count towards elective credits. Please contact the PSM office for more information. If you are already an MBS student, you can register for these certificates through our registration system. Please see here for more information

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.

Re-Admission Form Link

Do hybrid courses count as online courses?

No, hybrid courses do not count as online courses.

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

Yes. However, there is a process for approval. Please refer to the below links

 RBS course request form New Brunswick/Newark, RBS course request form Camden

What are the PSM colloquium guidelines?

Please refer to the colloquium guidelines form.

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.


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 (


 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)



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 for review and processing.


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.


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


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


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.