Online MBA
Frequently Asked Questions

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 Requirements

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

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

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

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 ( or another organization that is certified by NACES (
All transcripts should be sent to: Rutgers University Attn: Graduate Admissions 406 Penn Street Camden, NJ 08102
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 the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar  is $1,256 per credit. See Financial Services for details. Financial Aid in the form of loans are available to MBA students.

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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 2021 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 2, 2021. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

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.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. Personal essay
  3. Two (2) 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:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) 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 required 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 occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

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  • Academic Information

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  • School Leadership Information

  • 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.

  • Additional Submission Instructions

  • For your application to be complete, this form and TWO REFERENCE LETTERS must be on file in the Student Experience Center. Ideally, you should 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 be mail them directly to: Dan Rosenthal, Student Experience Officer, Rutgers University, School of Business, 227 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102 or email the letters to

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