MBS Business Electives

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As part of the Master of Business & Science degree, you are required to take 19 business credits. 13 of these credits are required and there are 6 credits of business electives. The required classes include:

There are 6 credits of elective courses and there are many to choose from. Elective business credits can be any professional oriented course and can come from any of the many business/policy departments at Rutgers including Rutgers Business School, School of Management and Labor Relations, Bloustein School of Public Policy, Camden Business School, etc. Please consult the career blog for an analysis of skills associated with job postings in the concentration areas.

Each semester a list of suggested business courses and electives are listed on the MBS courses-by-semester link. They are also sometimes listed under each concentration. See the courses-by-semester for the latest suggestions.

Some of the more popular business elective courses include:

  • Project Management (e.g., 22:799:691)– This course covers the basics of “project management” – tools and techniques to manage a project and insure it is completed on time and on budget. This is one of the top skills requested by all jobs both in IT/Engineering and the life sciences. Almost all of the job postings have some sort of project management listed.
  • Supply Chain Management (e.g., 22:799:692) – This course covers the management of the flow of goods and services in creating a product. This is a great course for those in Pharma, Food science and personal care science. It is a highly requested skill in many of the job postings in those areas. This is also a great course for Engineering Management (and is part of that curriculum).
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property (16:137:501)-This is a required business elective for certain concentrations, and recommended for many others. This course also covers business strategy. A topic that always comes up in the MBS industrial advisory board is students learning how to read legal contracts and participate in negotiations. The IP course covers both.
  • Design Innovation (16:137:529) – Every company is looking for employees who are self-starters and understand innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. “Design thinking” is the new buzzword being applied to all areas (not just UX).   
  • Topics in Management & Professional Development (16:137:650/651/652) (F, S, SUM)– See here about this option. Students in the MBS can take a variety of these professional development courses (including MiniMBA, Customer Experience, and some certifications) courses for credit.
  • Negotiations (e.g., 38:578:505, 34:833:680)– A very popular course teaching students about the foundations of negotiations.
  • Organization Behavior  (e.g., 22:620:691)– This is a basic course in any business curriculum teaching about the way people interact with groups and how to lead and manage within an organization.
  • Professional Internship/Research Internship (16:137:610/613) – Internship courses can be taken as elective, whether you are working for a professor or working for a company. Internship can be taken as a business elective and/or as a technical science elective.

For a list of recommended business courses for the current semester please see the courses-by-semester page.