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Master of Science in Business of Fashion
13 Nov
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The Master of Science in Business of Fashion program targets academically strong students from both creative and business backgrounds. Admission is highly competitive and enrollment is limited. 

Decisions are made holistically and weigh various factors including academic background, graduate test scores, relevant work experience, and interest. The program is small and student-centric.

A bachelor’s degree is required. Those with undergraduate degrees in business, fine arts, design, economics, IT, computer science, communications and other creative arts or quantitative fields are encouraged to apply. As soon as the online application is completed with all requirements listed below, the Director will select candidates for a personal interview by invitation only.

Application Deadlines

Spring Term Fall Term
December 1 July 30

Tuition & Fees for full-time students per semester (12 or more credits)

Tuition - New Jersey Residents $13,461.00
Tuition - Out of State Residents $23,370.00
Campus Fee $852.50
Computer Fee $166.50
NJPIRG Fee (Optional Fee) $11.20
School Fee $364.50

Tuition & Fees for part-time students (11 or fewer credits)

Tuition - Per credit, New Jersey Residents $1122.00
Tuition - Per credit, Out of State Residents $1948.00
Campus Fee (Per Semester) $298.00
Computer Fee (Subject to Credit Hours) $84 - $159
NJPIRG Fee (Optional Fee) $5.50
School Fee $171.00

Employees on temporary work visas: New Jersey residency regulations do not recognize temporary work visas (H1) as evidence of residency; thus you will be paying out of state tuition. However, you can apply for a reduced tuition rate.

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Application Checklist

In addition to the Online Application, applicants must complete the following:

1. Application fee (non-refundable) of $70 

Checks and money orders should be made payable to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Do not send cash. This can also be paid online via a credit card.

The application fee is waived for all SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology faculty members applying through the professional development track (FIT/MSBF). If applicable, kindly contact Yulissa Ortiz at ortizy@business.rutgers.edu PRIOR to submitting your application and attach a scan of your faculty ID card.

2. Official transcripts

Applicants must mail in an official transcript for each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.

For Rutgers graduates, please note that even though you are applying to Rutgers as an alumnus, you still need to contact the Registrar's office and request your official transcript be mailed to our office.

*Applicants holding international transcripts do not need to have their transcripts evaluated unless advised by the Rutgers Business School Admissions Committee.

3. GMAT or GRE test results

Official GMAT, GRE or LSAT test results, taken within five years from the term of entrance, are required.

  • GMAT code: QK5-XT-08
  • GRE code: 5529

Applicants holding one of the following degrees are exempt from the GMAT/GRE: J.D., Ph.D., M.D., or Pharm.D.

Test waivers are granted in exceptional cases only and are at the discretion of the director, based on a variety of factors such as, in part, relevant work experience (typically at least 8 years in specific positions or very specific advanced terminal degrees). Appeals are not possible.

Note: As part of our agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology, FIT professors eligible for the MSBF as part of their professional development track are automatically waived from the entrance exam requirement.

Please click here to try a sample GMAT quiz.

4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

You must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test if your native language is not English. This is not required of students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S.; other English speaking countries (Canada, England, etc...); or have been working in the U.S. for at least three years.

  • TOEFL Code: B355 - Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 90.
  • IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below). Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 6.5.
  • PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language proficiency test designed to measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as they are used in an academic setting. Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 68.

5. You must provide two letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation can either be submitted through the online application or they can be mailed to our office directly by the recommender on company letterhead.

6. Submit your resume

Your resume can be submitted through the online application.

7. Essay

You are required to write an essay. The topic may vary each academic year and be made available on the online application.

8. International applicants

Additional requirements apply to international applicants.

Our Mailing Address

Rutgers Business School — Newark and New Brunswick
Office of Graduate Admissions
1 Washington Park, Sixth Floor
Newark, New Jersey 07102


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (973) 353-1234 or admit@business.rutgers.edu