Graduate Program
Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

General Questions

Yes, our program is fully accredited by AACSB International, which is the premier accrediting organization for business schools.

The majority of students in the program are enrolled part-time, though students can opt to complete the program on a full-time basis. Approximately 15% of our students are enrolled in the program full-time. The program primarily offers classes in the evening and occasionally on Saturday.

Yes, we offer students the option to complete their MBA online. Please visit Rutgers Online MBA to learn more.

The Rutgers–Camden MBA program is very flexible. Some full-time students complete the program in less than two years, while others take up to six years to finish. Most part-time students complete the program in three to four years. The length of time a student takes to complete the program will depend on the number of course waivers granted, the number of courses taken per semester, and the number of courses taken during summer and Winterim sessions.

Our class profile:
Average GMAT: 550
Average GPA: 3.3
Average Age: 30
Percent International: 15%
Average years’ work experience: 8.5 years
Students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including business, engineering, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Our students are currently employed by a number of companies in the Delaware Valley area, including Lockheed Martin, Campbell’s Soup, PHH Mortgage, Virtua Health Systems, Computer Science Corporation, Subaru, Comcast, and L-3 Communications.

While work experience is highly recommended, we do admit some very strong applicants directly from undergraduate programs.

Curriculum and Course Requirement FAQs

Eighteen (18) three-credit courses (54 credit hours) are required to complete the program. It is possible to waive up to four courses (12 credit hours) based on prior academic work. At least 12 courses (36 credit hours) must be taken at Rutgers–Camden.

Our MBA program is comprised of two parts:

  1. Fifteen (15) required core courses, which build a general foundation for business studies and provide the student with exposure to all of the functional areas of business
  2. Three (3) elective courses

Yes. We will grant transfer credit for courses taken at an AACSB-accredited business school, with a grade of B or better. However, the transferred credits must be from a course that is equivalent to a course in our program and must be approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) may be transferred from another accredited MBA program.

Based on undergraduate coursework, it is possible to waive up to four courses within the foundation area only. In general, two undergraduate level courses (taken at a four-year college with a grade of “B” or better) are required to waive the related MBA-level course. The integrative capstone course cannot be waived. See a complete description of our waiver policy.

We do not grant course credit or course waivers for work experience or professional development courses.

No. However, we offer a Focused Learning Modules option.

Yes. JD/MBA and DNP/MBA

Yes. Rutgers–Camden MBA students have the opportunity to participate in our study aboard program, held in nations, such as China, South Korea, Brazil, and Panama. This three-credit elective gets you working hands-on with top executives from international corporations, to discuss and solve real-world business challenges.

Anyone with a four-year college degree is able to enroll for classes that are held during the Winterim and Summer Sessions. In order to take classes during the Fall and Spring semesters, students must apply to the program. We do accept a very limited number of exceptional non-matriculated students each semester.

Class Schedule FAQs

  • During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes meet one night per week (Monday through Thursday) from 6:00-8:50pm. Occasionally, we offer Saturday classes.
  • During the Summer session, classes are offered online only for a 12-week session. For information, visit: https://summer.camden.rutgers.edu/
  • During the Winterim session, classes are offered online only for a 3-week session. For information, visit https://winterim.camden.rutgers.edu/

The fall and spring semesters are both fourteen weeks long, with an additional week for final exams. Summer session runs for twelve weeks. Winterim session runs for three weeks.

We offer classes in Camden at our main campus.

Application Process FAQs

For domestic students, applications are due by December 1 for spring, May 1 for summer and August 1 for fall. For international students, the deadlines are November 1 for spring and June 1 for fall.

Applicants can apply online at Graduate Admissions.

Along with the submitted application (program code 53135) and $70 application fee, we require:

  • Original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended*
  • A personal statement
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE (Standardize test Exemption)
  • TOEFL or IELTS (international students only)
  • A current resume

*For international applicants only, we recommend that you obtain a transcript evaluation from an outside agency for U.S. equivalency. We recommend World Education Services (wes.org) or another organization that is certified by NACES (naces.org).
This information should be sent to:
Rutgers University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Yes, GMAT, GRE, LSAT or MCAT.

Yes. Find more information at: Standardized Test Exemption.

We do accept a very limited number of exceptional non-matriculated students during spring/fall. Non-matriculated students are required to complete an application and submit all supporting materials except the GMAT by the appropriate application deadline. Students may take up to four courses total over one regular semester (Fall or Spring) and/or during Summer and Winterim sessions as a non-matriculated student. After that, in order for students to continue taking classes, non-matriculated students must submit an acceptable standardized test score to the MBA department to matriculate into the MBA program.

The following factors are important determinants of admission:

  • GMAT score
  • Undergraduate institution, GPA and major area of study
  • Work experience and potential for leadership
  • TOEFL scores (if schooled outside the U.S.)
  • Goals for pursing the MBA degree

A weakness in one aspect of the application can be offset by strengths in other areas.

No, we accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should expect to hear a decision within three to four weeks of submitting your completed application.

Fees and Financial Aid

See Financial Services for details.

We offer a limited number of merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded upon admission into the program.

We do not offer research assistantships. Some full-time students work for faculty as research assistants on a part-time, hourly basis.

Professional MBA (PMBA) Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Yes. The PMBA is fully accredited by the AACSB International, which is the premier accrediting organization for Schools of Business.

The Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) program is an accelerated 21-month MBA, cohort-based program made up of professionals and executives with diverse work and educational backgrounds. An academic cohort program consists of one peer group of students who progress through the entire program together.

The PMBA program is structured as a Face-to-Face/Online Hybrid, giving students exceptional flexibility without losing the vital classroom experience.

The PMBA and MBA degrees are identical. However, the PMBA is a 42-credit program, waiving core requirements found in the traditional 54-credit MBA.

The format and structure are also different with the PMBA, in that the courses taught by a world renowned faculty, delivering an executive-type, full service program.

The PMBA class session is 10 weeks long, shorter than a typical 14-week semester.

Yes. Options exist to complete your MBA with the Rutgers School of Business-Camden.

Yes, including:

  • Orientation dinner (during first month of program)
  • Orientation Day (September)
  • Holiday Party (December)
  • Mid-program Get-Together
  • Graduation Party (May)

PMBA Curriculum and Course Requirement FAQs

42

The 42 credits are completed in seven 10-week sessions, with two courses per session.

No. However, a Focused Learning Module concentration may be earned at the end of the program. This is not a requirement to complete the PMBA. You can also choose to complete a Graduate Certificate to further broaden your knowledge.

There is a mandatory nine-day, international residency to an emerging business nation, which takes place as part of the “International Business Environment” course in Session 5. Prior cohorts have traveled to China, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Panama, Chile, Vietnam, Taiwan, and other emerging business nations.

PMBA Class Schedule FAQs

All classes are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided on class days. The new hybrid format will include 4 out of every 10 classes in a session to be delivered online. Students will not report to classes on Online Learning Days.

10 weeks. Schedules are available upon request.

PMBA Application Process FAQs

The program uses rolling admissions, with a deadline of up to August 20th. Applications are available online: Visit the admission website.

You’ll need the following supporting materials:

  • Completed four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree
  • Original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Completed application
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores
  • Resume

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by Worldwide Educational Services: https://www.wes.org/

Yes. A GMAT/GRE or other standardized graduate level score is required. Students with exceptional work experience may petition for a GMAT waiver of Test Scores by going to: https://gmat.camden.rutgers.edu/ and providing a current resume and photocopy of all transcripts.

Note: Foreign transcripts should be processed for U.S. equivalency through WES (Worldwide Education Services).

Yes, a minimum of three years professional experience is required, which may be waived at the admissions interview.

Yes. The Graduate Office will schedule interviews for qualified applicants.

No.

No. A four-year bachelor’s degree is required, but it does not have to be in business.

48 to 72 hours after your interview.

No. Students holding an F or J visa are ineligible for this program. Semester credit requirements are not met by the Professional Program for International Students.

PMBA Fee and Financial Aid FAQs

The flat-rate tuition cost is $70,000, which is less than many online or executive–type programs. The program provides all the students need to successfully complete the program, including: textbooks, business cases, Saturday parking, calculator, laptop, simulation studies, software, international residency (excluding airfare and charges for passports or travel visas), graduation regalia, Saturday meals, and a high level of customer care delivered by an exceptional staff.

Once accepted, there is a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 due prior to the first day of class. The remaining tuition will be due in 7 segments over the duration of the program. Payments will be due 30 days after completion of each session, except for the final payment due 30 days before graduation.

Yes. You may qualify for federal assistance. Please visit our Financial Aid website or call (856) 225-6039. Additional funds may be covered by GRAD PLUS. Students are encouraged to seek out available scholarships through a web search of graduate scholarships.

Fred Davis
Campus Director of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Office
326 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856)225-2791
frdavis@camden.rutgers.edu
https://veterans.camden.rutgers.edu/

Online MBA FAQs

General Questions

Yes, our program is fully accredited by the AACSB International, which is the premier accrediting organization for business programs.

The majority of students in the program are enrolled part-time, though students can opt to complete the program on a full-time basis. Approximately 15% of our students are enrolled in the program full-time.

The Rutgers Online MBA program is very flexible. Some full-time students complete the program in less than two years, while others take up to six years to finish. Most part-time students complete the program in three to four years. The length of time a student takes to complete the program will depend on the number of course waivers granted, the number of courses taken per semester, and the number of courses taken during summer and Winterim sessions.

Our class profile:
Average GPA: 3.2
Average Age: 34
Average years work experience: 11 years
Students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, including business, engineering, social sciences and arts and humanities.

Our students are currently employed by a number of companies in the Delaware Valley area, including Lockheed Martin, Campbell’s Soup, PHH Mortgage, Virtua Health Systems, Computer Science Corporation, Subaru, Comcast and L-3 Communications.

While work experience is highly recommended, we do admit some very strong applicants directly from undergraduate programs.

Curriculum and Course Requirement FAQs

Eighteen (18) three-credit courses (54 credit hours) are required to complete the program. It is possible to waive up to four courses (12 credit hours) based on prior academic work. At least 12 courses (36 credit hours) must be taken in the Rutgers Online MBA program.

Our Online MBA program is comprised of two parts:

  1. Fifteen (15) required core courses, which provide students with exposure to all of the functional areas of business
  2. Three (3) elective courses

Yes. We will grant transfer credit for courses taken at an AACSB-accredited graduate business school, with a grade of B or better. However, the transferred credits must be from a course that’s equivalent to a course in our program and must be approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) may be transferred from another accredited MBA program.

Based on undergraduate coursework, it is possible to waive up to four courses within the foundation area only. In general, two undergraduate level courses (taken at a four-year college with a grade of “B” or better) are required to waive the related MBA foundation course. See a complete description of our waiver policy.

We do not grant course credit or course waivers for work experience or professional development courses.

We offer Focused Learning Modules option.

Yes. Rutgers MBA students have the opportunity to participate in our study aboard program, held in nations such as South Africa, South Korea, Brazil, and Panama. This three-credit elective gets you working hands-on with top executives from international corporations, to discuss and solve real-world business challenges.

Anyone with a four-year college degree is able to enroll for classes that are held during the Winterim and Summer Sessions. In order to take classes during the Fall and Spring semesters, students must apply to the program.

Class Schedule FAQs

Classes are held 100% online in an asynchronous format. This means that students complete assignments, discussions, etc. on their own time as long as the student meet the deadlines specified by the instructor.

The fall and spring semesters are both fourteen weeks long, with an additional week for final exams. Summer session runs for twelve weeks. Winterim session runs for three and a half weeks.

Application Process FAQs

For domestic students, applications are due Dec. 1 for spring, May 1 for summer and Aug. 1 for fall. For international students, the deadlines are Nov. 1 for spring and June 1 for fall.

Applicants can apply online at Graduate Admissions.

Along with the submitted application (program code 53135 XX) and $70 application fee, we require:

  • Original transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended *
  • A personal statement
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE (Standardize test Exemption)
  • A current resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS (international students only)

*For international applicants only, we recommend that you obtain a transcript evaluation from an outside agency for U.S. equivalency. We recommend World Education Services (wes.org) or another organization that is certified by NACES (naces.org).

All transcripts should be sent to:
Rutgers University
Attn: Graduate Admissions
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102

Yes, GMAT, GRE, LSAT or MCAT.

Yes. Find more information at: Standardized Test Exemption

We do accept a very limited number of exceptional non-matriculated students during spring/fall. Non-matriculated students are required to complete an application and submit all supporting materials except the GMAT by the appropriate application deadline. Students may take up to four courses total over one regular semester (Fall or Spring) and/or during Summer and Winterim sessions as a non-matriculated student. After that, in order for students to continue taking classes, non-matriculated students must submit an acceptable standardized test score to the MBA department to matriculate into the MBA program.

The following factors are important determinants of admission:

  • GMAT score
  • Undergraduate institution, GPA and major area of study
  • Work experience and potential for leadership
  • TOEFL scores (if schooled outside the U.S.)
  • Goals for pursing the MBA degree

A weakness in one aspect of the application can be offset by strengths in other areas.

No, we accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should expect to hear a decision within three to four weeks of submitting your completed application.

Fees and Financial Aid

Current tuition and fee for Academic Calendar 2019-2020 is $1,256 per credit plus a $300 fee per course. See Financial Services for details. Financial Aid in the form of loans are available to MBA students.

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) FAQs

General Questions

Rutgers is the 8th oldest university in the nation. We are the leading state university in New Jersey, spanning three campuses, including Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick, with over 65,000 current students and over 500,000 alumni worldwide.

More and more businesses and organizations are seeking individuals with strong analytical skills. There is a demand for job candidates who are capable of gathering, cleaning, mining, modeling, and visualizing business data in order to gain insight into business processes, improve productivity, detect problem areas, identify opportunities, and boost profitability.

Business data can be mined to predict customer purchase or churn, detect fraudulent behavior, analyze flow and traffic patterns, etc. in a variety of industries, including: high technology, not-for-profit, medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, credit, banking, gaming, hospitality, real estate, utilities, trucking, and transportation.

Upon graduation, you will be able to strategize ways that analytics can be deployed in an organization to help it achieve its key performance objectives. An MSBA can lead to career paths as data analysts, data scientists, business intelligence analysts, digital marketing managers, and data consultants, among others.

The MSBA is comprised of ten courses, through which students acquire knowledge of statistics, machine learning techniques, and relevant software (e.g., SQL, Excel, R, SAS, Python etc.) with direct applications to business domains, such as marketing, operations, finance, and accounting. With this degree, candidates will learn how to extract, collect, clean, describe, segment, and model data, as well as validate models and clearly communicate the results to stakeholders, while appreciating legal, ethical and strategic issues involved.

Students will choose ten (10) courses from offerings, such as:

  • Quantitative Skills
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Management and Business Intelligence
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Managing Projects and IT
  • Strategic Marketing Analytics
  • Data Privacy: Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Machine Learning Applications in Business
  • Database Marketing
  • Accounting Analytics

We plan to offer more courses from which students can choose in the near future.

Students who have not taken a college level course in statistics with a grade of B or better in the last 5 years must first take Quantitative Skills. This is a foundation course that will prepare students to take more advanced courses.

Students who have taken at least one college level course with a grade of B or better in the last 5 years should take Business Analytics either before or at the same time as other courses. These students may take Quantitative Skills at any time, if they wish.

For students with a very strong prior analytical background (e.g., undergraduate degree with a major in statistics, mathematics, or engineering), courses may be taken in any order.

It is strongly recommended that applicants possess a working knowledge of algebra. Exposure to statistics and/or calculus is desirable but not necessary.

All classes are offered fully online.

The program follows a traditional semester calendar, with fall classes starting in September, spring classes starting in January, and summer classes starting in May each year.

Classes will consist of asynchronous elements, such as recorded lectures, readings, discussion boards, cases, and other materials that the student completes or contributes to each week. Synchronous elements may also be incorporated such as live chat office hours, homework help, etc. Quizzes, exams, assignments, and other assessments will need to be completed according to the stated guidelines of each course.

No, there is no on campus residency required. All classes are offered fully online.

If students enroll in four (4) courses in the fall, four (4) in the spring, and two (2) courses in the summer, the degree could be completed in as little as 12 months.

Students may complete the program at a slower pace, as well. If students complete one (1) course each in the fall, spring, and summer, the degree could be completed in just over three (3) years.

The courses in the MSBA are worth 3 credits each. You should plan on spending 7 to 10 hours each week, on average, to complete course requirements. The amount of time needed will vary as a function of prior preparation and aptitude.

The MSBA is a more focused program. It concentrates on the development of analytic skills as applied in business contexts. An MBA typically requires more credits to complete, and covers several managerial disciplines, such as management, accounting, finance, marketing, etc.

Yes. As a student matriculated in the MSBA degree program, you will have full access to the Rutgers-Camden Career Center, including career fairs, etc.

You need to provide:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
  • Original transcripts from your undergraduate university
  • Two letters of recommendation (from professors or professional colleagues)
  • Resume
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Personal statement describing why you are applying to the program.

If you have scores from the GMAT or GRE, we encourage you to submit them. If you would like to request a standardized test waiver, information is provided at: https://graduate.business.camden.rutgers.edu/gmat/.

A Bachelor’s degree in any topic, from an accredited university is acceptable.

Work experience is not needed to apply, but may be looked upon favorably for your application.

You may petition for a transfer of up to six (6) credits of graduate coursework completed at another AACSB accredited university, if the credits largely replicate course offerings in the MSBA and you received a grade of B or better in the course(s). Contact the program director for more information.

You can take up to five years from the time you begin the degree to complete the 30 credits.

Students may apply for financial aid if they are enrolled in at least two courses in a semester. Click the Rutgers Office of Financial aid for more information (https://studentaid.rutgers.edu or 856-225-6039). Unfortunately, financial aid is not available to international students.

Students receive a term bill at the start of each semester, which they must pay in full. Upon receipt of their grade for the class, they can submit evidence of their tuition payment to their employer for reimbursement, as appropriate.

Both in-state and out-of-state MSBA students pay the same tuition rate. For the 2019-2020 academic year, tuition is $1,256 per credit plus a $300 per course fee ($4,068 for one 3-credit course).

You can contact the program director, Dr. Maureen Morrin (856-225-6647)
mmorrin@rutgers.edu, or the Senior Graduate Programs Coordinator, Jorgelina Sime (856-225-6218) jms727@camden.rutgers.edu

Concentrations FAQs

General Questions

Concentrations provide MBA students with “deep dives” into career-focused topics that have immediate application in the workplace. Each module consists of four courses: one required core class plus three electives, designed specifically for in-depth coverage of the module topic. The core MBA curriculum plus focused-learning modules are an ideal balance of breadth and depth needed to develop the strategic and analytical knowledge and skills for today’s competitive business environment.

1. Business Analytics
2. Digital Marketing
3. Investments & Private Wealth Management
4. Strategic Leadership

Yes, all Concentrations have a required core MBA class that is a prerequisite for subsequent Concentration elective courses. Concentration elective courses have prerequisites. 

Yes, additional Concentrations are being designed and likely will be announced in the near future.

Yes.

Yes.*

*Academic certificates are different than industry-based certifications. The Concentration certificate indicates that a student has successfully completed a designated set of academic courses associated with a career-focused topic. A certification typically means that an individual has passed a professional or industry-based test of skills and competencies. As an academic institution, our program offers certificates to recognize successful completion of a designated set of academic courses.

Yes. All Concentration elective courses are offered online only.

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BLDP Shadowing Days Application

After being notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Fall 2020 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 25, 2020. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled.

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.

Requirements

Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require

  1. completed application form (submitted online and found elsewhere on this website),
  2. a personal essay, and
  3. two letters of recommendation (one academic; one other).

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  Have sophomore standing or above and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are rquired to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occur primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications For BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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  • List relevant employment history

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  • Provide evidence of leadership initiative while enrolled in school by listing all school-based organizations and activities in which you have held a leadership role while a student.

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  • Community Leadership Information

  • Provide a list of community or volunteer activities in which you engaged in a leadership role.

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  • Essay

  • Please write a short essay between 150 to 350 words, in which you discuss the reasons why your application should be considered for the Business Leader Development Program, including what you hope to gain from the program and what you can contribute.

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  • For your application to be complete, this form and TWO REFERENCE LETTERS must be on file in the Director's office. Ideally, you will receive one letter from an academic source (e.g., a former or current instructor), and one from a business source (e.g., a former employer - even if for a part-time or volunteer position). Your letter writers should mail them directly to: Dr. Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, BLDP Director, Rutgers University, School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102 or email the letters to ckaufman@camden.rutgers.edu.

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