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MBA in Professional Accounting

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No previous business or accounting experience is needed to apply to the MBA in Professional Accounting program--in fact, this program is created specifically for those without accounting backgrounds.

We encourage you to apply using our online application. You must have a bachelor's degree, a good GPA (typically 3.2 or better), good GMAT/GRE scores (typically 550-650 GMAT scores), and strong recommendations. Because of the intensive nature of the studies, you also need to be highly motivated. Admission is on a full-time basis on the Rutgers Newark campus only.

Application Deadlines

Summer Term
(International Applicants)
April 1st
Summer Term
(Domestic Applicants)
May 1st

Completed application with all required documents must be received before the official deadline.

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

Please note: Tuition is annually adjusted. Students should note that Rutgers University increases tuition during the summer, effective the following fall semester. Students enrolled in the MBA-PA program will enjoy the existing tuition rates for the first summer semester, but will be responsible for tuition increases for the fall, spring and final summer semesters. International students should bring sufficient funds to cover these increases for the fall and the following two semesters. Resident students will need to provide the additional funds from their own resources or federal loan guarantee programs.

Financial Aid

Graduate aid is available from varying sources—federal, state, university and Rutgers Business School. Some awards are need-based, while others are awarded on the basis of merit. Unless otherwise noted in the description, applicants for financial aid must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. In order to apply for financial aid, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as a Rutgers University Institutional Financial Aid Application must be completed. To obtain more information about these forms or other general financial aid information, please visit the Financial Aid website.

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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 military and veteran applicants. If you fall into this category, please e-mail Yulissa Ortiz at PRIOR to submitting your application and send her a copy of your DD 214 form or a copy of your military ID card. Do NOT include your social security number when e-mailing the form. Please block it out prior to sending.

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.

3. GMAT or GRE Test Results

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

  1. GMAT code: QK5-XT-40
  2. GRE code: 5529

Applicants holding one of the following degrees are exempt from the GMAT/GRE: JD, PhD, MD, or PharmD.

Applicants can be waived from the GMAT or GRE requirement if they have 8 or more years of professional full-time work experience (or 5 years if they have a Master degree) along with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. To request a waiver, please e-mail the following to Ronald Kwan ( and indicate the program you are applying to in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Copy of unofficial transcript from all schools attended after high school

For Rutgers University alumni, the GMAT/GRE can be waived if you have an undergraduate GPA 3.5 or above from Rutgers and 5 or more years of full-time work experience. For those whose GPA is slightly below this criteria, you may still be considered for the waiver on a case-by-case basis.

Please click here to try a sample GMAT quiz.

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

You must submit the TOEFL or PTE Academic test if your native language is not English. Not required of students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S. or other English speaking countries (Canada, England, etc...).

  1. TOEFL code: B355
  2. IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below).
  3. 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 on PTE Academic.

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 current resume

This can be done through the online application.

7. Essay

Please answer the following two essay questions:

  1. Why are you interested in joining the MBA in Professional Accounting Program? (1 to 2 pages max)
  2. Briefly describe your Five-Year Plan. (1 to 2 pages max)

Additional/Optional Essay - provide any additional information not addressed elsewhere in your application materials which will help the Admissions Committee learn more about your candidacy. Please address any employment gaps, academic concerns, strengths or weaknesses.

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

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If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (973) 353-1234 or