Message from the Director

Fall 2020

Greetings, MBS Community and Friends!

If someone would have told me last September, just one year ago, that I’d be conducting a virtual graduation ceremony in May—with all graduates, faculty, and speakers participating remotely—I would not have believed it. I certainly could not have fathomed that such an event could ever be pulled off in a meaningful way. Yet that’s exactly what happened on May 14, 2020.

With a virtual audience of more than 600 guests, our ceremony was not only meaningful but palpably joyous. What a difference a year makes…

When higher education was completely upended by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, Rutgers Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program, like many others, shifted to a 100 percent virtual-learning format, which was not new to us: Five years ago, we began integrating online education when it became increasingly clear that our program depended on this format to expand and accommodate the ever-increasing number of business professionals who were seeking to advance their careers or pivot industries.

Having many courses largely online or in hybrid format—including lab instruction—helped us greatly in the early stages of COVID-19, as there was little disruption to academic instruction or advising. We have since expanded the number of courses to be offered fully online, thus drawing students (and their intellectual contributions) from all over the nation and the world. In this era of remote learning, our program continues to grow and thrive.

Now in our tenth year, Rutgers PSM is one of the largest, most competitive, and most diverse STEM-based master’s programs in the nation, with 25 student-centric interdisciplinary and professional science curricula in the life sciences, in engineering and in computer & information sciences.

Established in 2010, the groundwork for implementation of Rutgers PSM began in 2009 amidst a devastating economic recession impacting the U.S. and global markets. Accordingly, from the outset, our program has designed curricula and expanded our offerings in pace with specific industry changes while also keeping a keen eye on the holistic, ever-changing needs of our global economy.

The goal of Rutgers PSM is and always has been to produce graduates who—through experiential learning, rigorous coursework, strong academic advising, and personal and professional development opportunities—possess the mental agility to respond to rapid workforce changes with facility and precision; who can adapt quickly, pivot when necessary, and who can work efficiently and capably with individuals representing a variety of disciplines, industries, and backgrounds.

Year over year, our curricula achieves more depth and dimension thanks to strong academic-industry partnerships, brilliant faculty experts, a strong alumni network, and dedicated staff who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve results.

We have long enriched our blended STEM / business curriculum by integrating humanities-based courses such as ethics, philosophy, law, and history to produce and position well-rounded graduates who can readily assume key integrator and leadership roles in science-intensive industries—applying their blended knowledge and critical-thinking skills to translate research into commercialization and fuel innovation and economic growth.

Finally, as higher education enters into a new, uncharted era, Rutgers PSM has the advantage of being part of a university that is a research powerhouse and a premier academic health center. Our graduate faculty come from a rich cross-section of Rutgers’ departments and schools via the graduate programs on all three university campuses—The School of Graduate Studies–New Brunswick; Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, and Rutgers Graduate School–Camden—and we are fortunate to have a dean’s advisory committee as well as an industrial advisory board.

In this tenth academic year, we have many significant achievements for which to be grateful and many colleagues and staff to thank. Among Our Achievements:

  • Year over year, our fully self-sustained program continues to expand in breadth and depth. Through our ever-increasing alumni network and strong industry partnerships, our rigorous academic curriculum has been augmented by experiential-learning opportunities at some of the world’s most prestigious companies.
  • Student-centric curricula, personalized academic planning, and individualized career coaching ensure that each student’s educational journey and personal development will culminate in success both during our program and beyond. Our advisors, who continue to offer their expertise and serve as valuable resources to our students well beyond graduation, have established ongoing connections that have greatly contributed to alumni affinity—yielding a network of graduates who are involved and dedicated to the ongoing success of our program.
  • Our geographic location within the New York / New Jersey STEM-tech corridor has helped us cultivate strong business relationships that not only strengthen university-industry ties, but offer a rich employment landscape for our graduates, who apply their talents at companies such as Bloomberg, Merck, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, Nielsen, Sanofi, Mondelez, and PSE&G—contributing to the economy of our state, our nation, and the world.
  • Our student body of nearly 600 STEM-based professionals—most of whom work full time—achieves true gender parity and reflects our program’s success in attracting top students at both the domestic and international levels—making our program one of the largest in the country, as well as one of the most diverse and lauded.

We look forward to a bold and dynamic future for our program, the students we serve, and the companies and industries enriched by our graduates’ contributions. We are excited to see what the next decade will bring.

Rutgers Professional Science Master's Program​
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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