Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Master of Business & Science degree?

Why should I get a Professional Science Masters Degree?

The Master of Business and Science is a Professional Science Master's degree combining graduate level science/engineering courses with courses in business. This combination prepares students with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills that are needed for all careers today.Over 70% of scientific job postings also list business/soft skills such as budgeting, finance, project management, communication, and leadership. Courses covering these areas are included in the MBS degree.

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?

To view a list of our fully online programs, click here.

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.

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

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

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. However, students are required to complete a capstone course that involves working in teams, writing and presenting a business case/plan.

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.

Is the MBS a research degree?

No, it is a Professional Science Master's degree. For those interested in pursuing research careers, please visit the School of Graduate Studies to explore master's and doctoral programs.

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 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.


Is the MBS a STEM degree?

Yes, the MBS is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) degree and is eligible for STEM OPT extension for international students.


Can I get my GRE score requirement waived?

Based on your work experience and education, you may be eligible for a GRE score waiver. Click here for instructions to request a waiver.

I am an international applicant and I have recently been accepted for admission to the MBS degree. Where can I find more information on providing financial documentation (Certification of Funds)

Where can I upload my supporting documents?

How can I change a recommender's email or add a new recommender?

We cannot edit or change recommender information once the application is submitted. Please ask the recommender to send the letter to this email, and the grad admissions office will add it to your application.

Where can I check my application status?

To check your application status, use this link:

How long does it take for a decision to be made regarding my admittance?

Once your application is complete with all supporting documents, it typically takes three to four weeks for a decision to be made. 

Current Students

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:

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.

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