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

Fourteen (14) three-credit courses (42 credit hours) are required to complete the program. It is possible to waive and transfer up to six credits, respectively (12 total credit hours) based on prior academic work. At least 10 courses (30 credit hours) must be taken at Rutgers–Camden.

Our Online MBA program is comprised of three parts, consisting of fourteen (14) required courses:  (5) Core courses, (5) Business Application courses, and (4) Electives courses.  In addition, we have three Introductory Seminars:  (Excel, The Story of Business (Accounting), and Managerial Economics.  These are non-credit, web-based preparatory seminars to help you prepare for the MBA curriculum.

Students can transfer up to 6 credits for previous graduate work, provided the following criteria has been met:

a. The graduate school where the work was complete was AACSB accredited.
b. A grade of B or better was received.
c. Course was a minimum of 3 credits.
d. Course must be approved by the associate dean of graduate studies/programs.

Students who apply to the Online MBA or traditional MBA program can apply for a course waiver(s). Waivers may be granted for up to 6-credits (two courses). Course work must be taken at an accredited four-year college or university in the period covering last ten (10) calendar years. The 10-year time limit applies to the course and not the program and is to be applied based on when the student is starting the program.

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

Yes, students may concentrate their four elective courses in a specific area to earn a Certificate.

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, January 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, GRE/GMATs are waived for 2021-2022 due to COVID.

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.

Deferrals are granted only for a full academic year, from one fall semester to the very next fall semester, with the exception of students leaving for military service. A deferral is official only when you are notified that the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions has granted your request.  

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Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, December 10, 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:

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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.

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