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

Definitions:

Synchronous sessions

  • Students are required to connect into a course at a specific time each week (mandatory)
  • Lectures from synchronous sessions are not recorded. Students need to contact their professor if they are unable to attend a synchronous session.

Asynchronous sessions

  • Lectures are pre-recorded and students view lectures at their discretion during a particular week.

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)

16:137:502

Summer

Principles of Finance and Accounting (3)

16:137:530

Spring (Prof. Kiess section)

Market Assessment (3)

16:137:507

Summer (possibly Fall and Spring)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (3)

16:137:600

Fall, Spring

Ethics for Science and Technology Management (1)

16:137:500

Fall, Spring, Summer

Project Management (3)

16:137:601

Fall

How to apply: MBS Online Programs Only

  • Visit http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/apply/apply-now
  • Create an account
  • Select ‘Degree Application’ as the application type
  • Complete the required information
  • From the "Fully Online Programs", select from the following:
    • Code 16137O for the following Business and Science-Life Sciences concentrations:
      • Drug Discovery & Development
      • Global Food Technology & Innovation
      • Personal Care Science
    • Code 16196O for the following Business and Science-Computer & Information Sciences concentration:
      • Analytics
  • On the right, select the semester you wish to apply for
  • Select your desired concentration and continue with the application (you may choose up to 3 concentrations of interest)

Submit a completed application package, which consists of:

  • Completed Office of Graduate Admissions application form (online only)
  • Application fee (online only)
  • Supporting materials:
  • Required GRE Exam Scores (request ETS to send the scores directly to Rutgers; unofficial scores will not be accepted. International students are require to submit their TOEFL scores. Rutgers School Code is: 2790)
  • Two letters of recommendation (online form email request)
  • Official transcripts must be sent to directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the campus where your program is being offered (refer to the campus address section on this page)
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Do not submit copies of certificates or degrees or diplomas, secondary or high school information, sample papers or articles or books, or any other material not explicitly requested.

All materials for your application should be submitted online (strongly recommended) or mailed in a single envelope to be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions before the deadline.

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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: https://mbs.rutgers.edu/events). 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: http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/convocation. (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: https://mbs.rutgers.edu/externships.

MBS graduate internship opportunities are also available for online students. You can find information concerning internships here: https://mbs.rutgers.edu/mbs-graduate-internships-0

FAQs

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 https://mbs.rutgers.edu/course-list.

Q: What are the tuition costs for online students?

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

 

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE ONLINE PROGRAM.