What is a career Focused Learning Module (FLM)?
Focused learning modules provide MBA students with “deep dives” into career-focused topics that have immediate application in the workplace. Each module consists of four courses: one Core class (required as part of the MBA program) 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. 

What is the difference between an FLM and a concentration?
Focused-learning modules provide MBA students with in-depth coverage of career-focused topics that are in high demand now and will be into the future such as Business Analytics. Whereas a student could meet concentration requirements by taking any 3 electives within a particular area (e.g., Finance), the learning modules are more focused (e.g., Investments & Private Wealth Management) and are highly attuned to knowledge and skill development that is readily applicable to the workplace

What career FLMs are currently available?
  1. Business Analytics
  2. Digital Marketing
  3. Investments & Private Wealth Management
  4. Strategic Leadership


Do FLMs have a specific course-sequence to follow?

Yes, all FLMs have a Core MBA class (required as part of the MBA program) that is a prerequisite for subsequent FLM elective courses. FLM elective courses have prerequisites. Please see FLM courses for additional information.

Are FLMs required in the Rutgers Online MBA program?

No, FLMs are not a requirement within the MBA program, but rather are options that all MBA students can develop.

Can I fit an FLM into my MBA program without taking extra courses?

Yes. Since each FLM consists of one Core class plus three electives that we designate as part of the FLM, the three FLM electives can count as your three elective courses.


If I have already taken MBA electives within my current program, can I still develop an FLM?

Yes.  However, if the MBA electives you have completed do not fit within the FLM, you would need to enroll in additional MBA electives to complete the FLM of choice.


Are additional FLMs being considered?


Will the FLM designation post to my transcript?


Will the FLM designation post to my diploma?


Will I receive a certificate for the FLM when I receive my Diploma?


When must I declare, to the MBA Office, my interest in developing an FLM?

MBA students declare their FLM designation within their graduation paperwork, typically within their last semester in the MBA Program. 

Are FLMs considered a “certification” within a corresponding “career” area?

Academic certificates are different than industry-based certifications. The FLM 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 academically rigorous courses with content that is readily applicable to the workplace.

If I choose not to develop an FLM while an MBA student, can I return and develop an FLM as an alumnus?

Yes. This would require the MBA graduate to complete an MBA re-enrollment form, requesting non-degree (NOD) admission for the FLM certificate program.

 Important to note:

  • NOD graduate students do not qualify for Financial Aid/Military funding because all graduate students are required to be enrolled in “degreed” programs to qualify.
  • NOD graduate tuition cost is based on the Rutgers “in-state” and “out-of-state” tuition rate.