Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the Master of Business & Science degree?

The MBS is a Professional Science Masters degree. It is a hybrid of an M.S. and an M.B.A. The MBS 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. This degree incorporates business electives 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.

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.

Is the MBS degree fully online?

We have some fully online concentrations and many of the other concentrations can be done online. Some online courses are synchronous (meet virtually every week), some are hybrid (they meet occasionally), and some are asynchronous. These designations are listed in the course registration system each semester.

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

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.

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.

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.

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." - www.professionalsciencemasters.org 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.

 

Finances and Tuition

How much will the MBS cost?

  • Tuition costs for Master of Business and Science students are assessed on a per-credit basis.
  • For the 2020-2021 school year, in-state and online tuition is $900/credit.
    • On campus, off campus, computer, and additional school fees will apply. 
  • For more information on costs and fees, view the second page of this Tuition & Fees PDF
    • Reference Master of Business and Science OR Master of Business and Science (Online) based on your student type.
  • Tuition is determined by the School of Graduate Studies and listed by Student Accounting

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

For general financial aid questions visit this link. 

DOES THE MBS PROGRAM OFFER FELLOWSHIPS OR SCHOLARSHIPS TO CURRENT MBS STUDENTS?

Although we do not offer scholarships, students will have the opportunity to apply for fellowships. 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/externship fellowship (2) a general fellowship 

Class Registration and Enrollment

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: https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/

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.

Example of the course registration page.

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.

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.

Link: http://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/grad/enrollver.htm

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?

Notice example: "You are not eligible to register or change registration by this application..."

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.

WHEN DOES THE SEMESTER START AND END?

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.

Where can I find information on important registration deadlines?

Please click this link to learn more about important registration deadlines. 

What is the process to drop a class?

Online and Hybrid Courses

What learning management system (LMS) is used for Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree course delivery?

Courses in the Master of Business and Science Degree use Canvas. 

What are the Course Delivery Methods in the Master of Business and Science degree?

Face-to-Face: Requires students to attend class at a campus or center location.

Online: Online courses are completely online. Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Online instruction utilizes the web-based learning management system Canvas to deliver instruction using multimedia tools, including interactive discussion boards, audio-video recordings, bookmarks, chat rooms, announcements, and webcasts.

Online Asynchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is recorded and can be accessed at any time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Online Synchronous: Students attend class from a distance on a computer or mobile device. Instruction is live, online at a specific date and time. Coursework is completed according to the due dates set by the instructor.

Hybrid: Hybrid courses are a combination of face-to-face and online (asynchronous or synchronous). Most hybrid courses meet a maximum of one day per week in the classroom and conduct the remainder of the learning online.

The course delivery format is listed for each course on WebReg and the Schedule of Classes

Can I switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa)?

Yes, please fill out this form to switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa). Students are coded differently in the registrar system based on whether they are fully online or in-person/hybrid.

Note: if you are an online student switching to hybrid/in-person, you must upload your vaccination status. Click here to learn more about how to upload your vaccination status.

 

Graduation Requirements

Does the MBS degree require a thesis?

The MBS degree does not require a thesis. 

What are the Master of Business and Science degree colloquium guidelines?

Please refer to the colloquium webpage

I SUBMITTED ALL FORMS AND COMPLETED ALL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION. WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY DIPLOMA?

The timing for the 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 (https://nbregistrar.rutgers.edu/).

WHEN IS COMMENCEMENT?

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

The Master of Business and Science degree staff also hold a separate graduation dinner once a year in the Spring in celebration of our graduates.

 

Where can I find the requirements for graduation and how do I submit them?

Students must complete all of the requirements for the Master of Business and Science degree in order to graduate. These requirements, along with the necessary forms, are listed on the Canvas PSM Student portal and must be completed there. 

There are prerecorded videos explaining how to complete the forms, and we run workshops every semester on how to submit graduation forms.

For BS/MBS ("4+1”) Students

As a 4+1 Student, how many undergraduate credits can I count towards my MBS degree?

If you completed your undergaduate degree with more than 120 credits, you can transfer up to 12 credits, that you earned as an undergraduate, into the MBS program.

  • 6 of the 12 are “doubled counted" (i.e. Undergraduate Credits 121-126).
  • 6 of the 12 are "advance standing" (i.e. Undergraduate Credits 127-1132).

As a 4+1 student, what courses should I register for in my senior year (senior undergraduate)?

We recommend student to register for science courses while they are still an undergraduate. 4+1 students will be eligible to take MBS business courses upon completion of their undergraduate degree. The science courses can be any 400 or 500+ level science courses from their science department. Many of the science courses are given during the day, so it is best to take them as an undergraduate as many of our 4+1 students end up working while completing the MBS degree. 

What courses do most 4+1 students take?

The Externship course is the most popular option for 4+1 students. This is a course where you are assigned a company project and work with a team. It is a great course for those that don’t have an internship or want to get a feel for the field. Another option is the Python Methodologies course for students who did not take a programming course undergraduate or for those interested in analytics, bioinformatics, etc. For those in the life sciences, we recommend the Biotech courses. We also recommend students take any 400 level science courses that they did not take towards their undergraduate degree. As a 4+1 BS/MBS students you will be eligible to take MBS business courses when you complete your undergraduate degree. We schedule 4+1 advising sessions each semester for more information.

AS A 4+1 STUDENT, WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE TO TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS INTO THE MBS PROGRAM?

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).

AS A 4+1 STUDENT WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO TRANSFER UNDERGRADUATE CREDITS INTO THE MBS PROGRAM?

After you complete 9 credits as a graduate student, you need to complete 2 forms

Upon completion, send the forms to bam165@docs.rutgers.edu  for review, approval and processing.

For Non-Matriculated Students

I AM CURRENTLY A NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT. I FULFILLED THE REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMITTED THE Application for Change in Degree Status FORM. WHEN WILL THE CHANGE BE APPROVED AND HOW CAN I TELL?

 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)

Screen snapshot of what you should see: Screen one- Degree Sought: Non-matriculated. Screen two- Degree Sought:Terminal Masters

 

For Fully Online Students

As an fully online student, can I take any course I want to?

Fully online students can take any online coded course. Online students are also able to take in-person classes a particular semester but will incur a different tuition. For students who would like to take some in-person classes, please consider the regular MBS program.

As a fully online student, can I take any course I want to?

No, fully online students are not eligible to take in-person/hybrid courses.

Can I switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa)?

Yes, please fill out this form to switch from being a fully online student to a hybrid/in-person student (or vice versa). Students are coded differently in the registrar system based on whether they are fully online or in-person/hybrid.

Note: if you are an online student switching to hybrid/in-person, you must upload your vaccination status. Click here to learn more about how to upload your vaccination status.