Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

what is the Master of Business & Science degree?

Why should I get a Professional Science Masters Degree?

The Master of Business is a Professional Science Master's degree combining graduate science courses with courses in business. This combination prepares students with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills and know how to translate scientific and technological ideas into profitable products and services.

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

Is the MBS degree fully online?

It depends on your concentration of interest.  To view our fully online programs, click here.

Can I waive out of the GRE?

 Depending on your work experience and education background, you may be eligible for a GRE waiver.  Click here to see if you are eligible. If you still have questions, please schedule an appointment with an MBS advisor.

How much will the MBS cost?

The 2018-2019 tuition is $986/credit in-state, $1221/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.

What kind of financial assistance is available to students in the MBS degree?

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

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 

Does the MBS degree require a thesis?

The MBS degree does not require a research thesis. There is, however, a required capstone course where students work in teams and are expected to write and present a business case/plan as part of that course.

How long will it take for me to complete the MBS degree?

Many students who pursue the MBS degree do so on a part time basis (anywhere between 2-4 years). On the average, it should take approximately one and a half to two years to complete the degree requirements as a full time student. We have a full summer session of courses as well as courses during the winter session.

Is the MBS a research degree?

No, it is a Professional Science Master's degree. For those interested in pursuing research careers, please investigate the various Ph.D. programs in the sciences. For a full listing, please see the Graduate School web site.

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 and Where to send the GRE Score

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office:

Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541 U.S.A.
848-932-7711 | 732-932-8231 fax

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.


Current Students

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

Yes. Domestic students enrolled in the MBS degree are eligible to take a semester off. Just register for "Matriculation Continued"  instead of registering for classes. Please also reach out to our office. For International students, you will have to check with your International Student Advisor for information regarding visa regulations and eligibility for this option.

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