Message from the Director

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Dear Community and Friends:

Heading into the fall semester, there’s the usual energy and anticipation that accompanies entering new and exciting life chapters. Some students are just beginning their Master of Business and Science (MBS) degree journeys, while others are only weeks away from graduation—and these book-end student cohorts, no doubt, are most excited of all for classes to commence.

Faculty and staff, of course, are excited too. And we’re proud. We’re expanding our academic offerings with new courses related to product design and innovation—due to both student demand and real-time labor demands.

Our program continues to grow and thrive just as it has throughout the pandemic—remaining one of Rutgers University’s largest master’s programs, and continuing to build on ever-increasing alumni engagement and support as well as program enrichments that are second to none.

At this time, many of us are coming off a summer where we were able to glimpse and enjoy many aspects, if not cherished freedoms, of pre-COVID-19 life—and perhaps even feel a sense of normalcy. Now, again, we are heading into a period of uncertainty, as a resurgence in cases has resulted in many changes and/or an inability to make definite plans or know what’s ahead—leaving a lot of us feeling in limbo.

However, it is exactly at times like these—as any alumni member and many students can tell you—when an MBS education truly shines. Because all MBS students arrive with a toolbox. Our dedicated, threefold focus on the following key areas—both pre-COVID-19 and now—gives students the tools they need to pivot, refocus, and succeed in times of disruption.

1. Integrated, multidisciplinary education. Combining, connecting, and integrating disparate disciplines—science and business, chemistry with regulatory, analytics with ethics, drug discovery with intellectual property, user experience design and marketing— trains us to not only view what’s around us, but allows us to understand how various parts work together to form one functional, successful whole.

2. Experiential learning. By consistently, directly, and immediately applying classroom learning outside of the classroom – whether through their current roles or through one of our signature, experiential learning programs – students not only gain confidence in their own abilities, but are able to practice, hone, and showcase their talents.

3. Student empowerment and confidence-building. Through executive coaching and “Design Your Life” methodology, our students first identify what “success” means to them—what their ideal work lives and non-work lives look like—and then chart goal-oriented paths for both personal and professional fulfillment.

 

In combination, and through regular application, these are the skills that enable students to confidently pivot, refocus, and move forward under unexpected and/or challenging circumstances. And it is this very interconnected skill set that also drives innovation.

I am looking forward to another semester of watching MBS students learn, apply knowledge, innovate, and thrive—and I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and productive autumn!

Deborah Silver, Executive Director, Rutgers Professional Science Master's Program

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