Educating the next generation of science and technology leaders
Our degree, the Rutgers Master of Business and Science (MBS), was established in 2010 to dually serve the needs of New Jersey’s working, science-based professionals and support the STEM-based industries of the surrounding New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area.
With an eye for innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship, our goal is to train the next generation of individuals to assume key integrator and leadership roles in science-intensive industries, thereby helping to fuel innovation, accelerate technological discoveries, and translate science-based research into practical applications and consumer offerings.
What We Do
Through an integrated, multidisciplinary, and dynamic curriculum, we meet the STEM industry’s ever-changing labor needs by educating a new generation of professionals who can keep pace with rapid workforce changes.
Our unique program combines advanced, STEM-based education with professionally guided business instruction—enabling graduates to step confidently and adeptly into the STEM workforce equipped not only with advanced academic knowledge but with the business skills essential to professional leadership and advancement.
Program History: Bridging the Gap
While Rutgers University is renowned for its prestigious, STEM-based graduate courses and its superior business school, in 2008, there were no programs designed to address a significant, growing need among STEM-based employers: candidates who could successfully integrate and apply advanced, science-based knowledge and comprehensive business skills that were suitable for corporate positions.
Recognizing this gap, faculty members across the university were starting initiatives within their own departments, including Deborah Silver, Ph.D., then-associate dean of continuing and professional education for the School of Engineering and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, who ultimately teamed with David Finegold, Ph.D., then-dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, to forge a targeted effort to create a program that combined multidisciplinary scientific studies with advanced business education. In 2010, Rutgers Professional Science Master’s program was officially established to offer Rutgers Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree.
Deborah Silver speaking with students in the early MBS days
Abbe Rosenthal gives a graduating student a high five.
The Program Today
The MBS degree is awarded through the graduate schools on all three campuses: The School of Graduate Studies (New Brunswick), Rutgers Graduate School–Newark, and Rutgers Graduate School–Camden. As a university-wide program, it is administered with oversight from the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Prabhas Moghe.
Rutgers PSM is one of the largest, most diverse, and most comprehensive programs in the country—offering more than 25 professionally-focused degrees in three main concentrations: Life Sciences, Engineering Management, and Computer & Information Sciences, as well as certificate programs and professional education. Rutgers PSM is also one of the largest graduate programs at Rutgers University.