Online Students

Online Students

The Professional Science Master’s program offers courses in various formats as defined below:

1) Course Definition

All courses

  • Students are not required to come to campus for classes
  • Lectures may be either synchronous (live) or asynchronous (previously recorded).
    • For those students in a different time zone from the East Coast, please make note of the time of the synchronous session in your time zone


Synchronous course

  • Students are required to connect into synchronous sessions at a specific day and time each week
  • E.g.  Drug Development Concepts (16:137:510)

Asynchronous course

  • Students are not required to connect into any synchronous session during the duration of the course
  • E.g.  Generic Regulations in US (16:137:585)

Hybrid course

  • Most lectures are pre-recorded (asynchronous)
  • There are several synchronous sessions during the course held at a specific day and time each week that students are required to connect into
  • E.g. Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (16:137:582); Regulations & Standards for Food & Cosmetics (16:137:577)


2) Business Courses

All business courses are available to online students. The semester each course is offered online is provided in the table below. Please plan accordingly.


Business Courses

Course Title

Course #

Semester for Online Students

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (3)



Principles of Finance and Accounting (3)


Spring (Prof. Kiess section)

Market Assessment (3)


Summer (possibly Fall and Spring)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (3)


Fall, Spring

Ethics for Science and Technology Management (1)


Fall, Spring, Summer

Project Management (3)



Additional Information for Distance Learners

1) Colloquium

Online students are not expected to attend PSM functions on the Rutgers campus. However, students should attend a total of 12 lectures or meetings related to their concentration or career development.

2) On-Site Residency

The On-Site Residency is mandatory for all online students, including out-of-state students​. For students in our fully online program, we have an on-campus "residency" for the capstone presentation. During this time, you will be coming to campus for a 2-day visit during the capstone presentation. We cover the costs of the hotel stay (not travel).

For students in our fully online program, we have an on-campus "residency" for the capstone presentation. During this time, you will be coming to campus for a 2-day visit during the capstone presentation. We cover housing (not travel).

Online students will be required to come to campus at least once during their studies for the MBS degree, to coincide with the Fall Capstone course presentations. We recommend that students plan to take Capstone in the Fall semester where the Capstone presentation is usually scheduled for the 2nd Thursday in December. (You can check the Events web page for the exact date: Although further information will be forthcoming, the plan is for students to spend 2-3 days on campus.

Online students are also invited to come to Rutgers for graduation ceremonies in May, including the Graduation dinner (2nd Thursday in May), Graduate School Convocation (2nd Friday in May) and University commencement. Information regarding Commencement and Graduation can be found here: (Note: students who graduate in the preceding October and January can participate in the May commencement).

The PSM program will take care of hotel costs during your stay if you live out-of-state. Further information regarding on-site residencies will be provided.

3) Externships and Internships

The PSM program runs an Externship Exchange, where students work on corporate-sponsored small projects. Information concerning the Externship program can be found here:

MBS graduate internship opportunities are also available for online students. You can find information concerning internships here:


Q:  How long will it take to complete the MBS degree?

A: Online students can typically complete the program in 2-3 years, depending upon the concentration.

Q: How do I attend in-class sessions for courses listed as “hybrid”?

A: In these courses, where lectures are usually recorded, you join the in-class sessions using GoTo Meeting. Instructions will be provided.

Q: How do I determine when courses will be offered?

A:  Most of the courses relevant for students in the PSM program are shown each semester on the “Course by Semester” web page on our website: see

Q: What are the tuition costs for online students?

A: You can find the tuition costs for online students here.