Full-Time MBA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Full-Time MBA program and the Part-Time MBA program?

The Full-Time MBA program begins with a cohort of students taking the core classes together. They prepare for a possible summer internship and have full access to Career Management services. The program is highly ranked and students take part in a more closely knit MBA community with student clubs and activities. Students must enter the Full-Time MBA program in the fall. The Full-Time MBA program is 21 months.

The Part-Time MBA program is geared for the working professional. Students can complete the MBA at their own pace (up to 11 credits per semester). Part-time students do not participate in the summer internship program and they have access to the Office of Career Management once they reach 30 credits. Students have the flexibility to begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer and can take classes at our satellite locations in Jersey City or Madison.

More details can be found on the MBA Programs Comparison page.

 

Is the curriculum the same for the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs?

Yes, the curriculum is identical for the Full-Time and Part-Time MBA programs.

 

When and how often do classes meet?

Classes meet once a week for three (3) hours.

 

What is the Future Leaders 2+2 program?

The Future Leaders 2+2 program is a deferred admission process for applicants who are finishing their undergraduate bachelor degree from any 4-year college/university. If admitted, students in this program will be required to find full-time employment for 2 years. They will then be able to enroll in the RBS Full-Time MBA program, which is a 2 year program.

We are looking for students who have proven leadership capabilities and are looking to become leaders in corporations or their own businesses.

 

As a full-time student, can I take evening courses in Newark and New Brunswick?

The first year in the Full-Time MBA program is very structured. During the second year there is more flexibility in regard to taking day or evening classes, including evening classes on the New Brunswick campus.

 

What is the profile of a typical Full-Time MBA student?

The Full-Time MBA student profile has a 640 GMAT score, a 3.3 GPA, and an average of 5 years of full-time work experience.

 

What are my career management options as a Full-Time MBA student?

The MBA Office of Career Management (OCM) provides an intensive first-semester experience for students enrolled in the Full-Time MBA Program to help them become competitive MBA candidates for the summer internship search.

 

Can I take classes in Madison or Jersey City?

No. The courses offered at the satellite locations are for the Part-Time MBA program only.

 

Are interviews required during the admission process?

Interviews are required for qualified Full-Time MBA applicants.

 

Is work experience required?

Two years of full-time work experience is required for the Full-Time MBA program and two years is STRONGLY recommended for the Part-Time MBA program.

 

What are the prerequisite courses for the MBA program?

All students are expected to have calculus and statistics proficiency. For Full-Time MBA applicants, all students are required to attend a calculus and statistics workshop that will take place during orientation prior to the start of classes.  Applicants admitted to the Full-Time MBA, the Part-Time MBA, and the MBA in Professional Accounting programs can also receive access to the Zoologic Business Essential On-Line Modules that they can use as an introduction or refresher to the course material. These online modules include: Calculus, Statistics, Math Boot Camp, Finance I & II, Economics, and Accounting.

 

Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

Generally both letters of recommendation should come from either current or recent employers.  If you are self-employed, other possibilities may include clients or vendors.

 

Are transfer students accepted to the MBA program?

You must apply as a new applicant. Students attending another AACSB accredited MBA program can transfer up to 6 credits into the RBS Full-Time MBA program. For more information, please click here.

 

Do you have on-line courses?

We have several core and elective courses available on-line. Full-Time students cannot take their core courses online, but they can register for any online elective courses.

 

How long does it take to complete the MBA program as a Full-Time student?

The Full-Time MBA program is a 21 month program with a summer internship between the 1st and 2nd year. 

 

Are scholarships available?

Yes. RBS does offer merit-based scholarships to applicants of the Full-Time MBA program. Typically the level of award offered is based on a combination of an applicant's GMAT or GRE score, their undergraduate GPA, and the amount of full-time work experience he/she has. Additionally, a handful of incoming Full-Time MBA students are chosen by Rutgers each year to participate in the prestigious Pharmaceutical Industry Scholars Program.