Frequently Asked Questions

 

Admission to our program is very competitive. This past year we admitted and enrolled only 40 new students each year in the program. Students can choose at least one concentration in one of the following areas: Operations Research and Business Analytics; Information Systems; and Information Assurance.

Although classes for the program are offered on Rutgers’ Newark campus, students may also be able to take some classes on the New Brunswick campus and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Master of Information Technology students interested in pursuing a PhD in Accounting Informations Systems, Information Technology, or Operations Research can can take some of the same courses as the students in these PhD programs. The MIT program's graduates are often very competitive applicants to our doctoral program in these areas as well as other PhD programs.

→ It is a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) program.

The Master of Information Technology program does qualify as a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field for international students that are considering Optional Practical Training (OPT). More information about OPT and STEM is available at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement .

→ Can this program be completed on a Part-Time basis.

Students may take the program on a full-time or a part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in one year. Part-time students must be able to attend classes during the day (see Program Requirements). For International Students enrolling on a student visa must enroll full-time.

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→ Enrolling in our courses if you are not a student in our program

If you are not enrolled as a Master of Information Technology student you may need permission from the instructor and the program director to enroll in these courses. Permission should be requested from Assistant Dean Gonçalo Filipe at 973-353-5371.

Permission is usually granted to students in other masters or doctoral programs or at Rutgers or NJIT.

Students who are not in any degree program may also ask to enroll in our courses. Permission is usually granted, up to a limit of four courses, if the instructor feels that the student adds value to the class for other students. To apply for non-degree study, go to Graduate School-Newark's Non-degree Graduate Student Program. The application is not competitive and does not require a review of the applicant’s credentials other than official transcripts of an undergraduate degree. Students who take courses on a non-degree basis are not given any preference in our regular admissions process, but the non-degree study provides an opportunity for the student to learn about the nature of academic research in business and for the faculty to make a better judgment about the student’s potential if they later apply for admission.

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→ Deadlines

Only complete applications for admission will be considered. Consideration is guaranteed only for applications completed by February 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission. Because an application is not complete until official GMAT or GRE scores are received, arrangements should be made to sit for these examinations well in advance of the deadlines.

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→ Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available through the program, but the program is closely associated with four research centers that employ students and bring them into contact with their industry and government partners. However, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply for need-based grants, loans, or work-study. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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→ Application Fee

After completing the electronic admissions application, please send us the non-refundable application fee of U.S. $65.00, payable by check or money order to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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→ Application Review

Complete applications that have been received by the official deadline will be processed and reviewed by the program. All application materials become the property of Rutgers University and cannot be returned.

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→ Application Status

It is your responsibility to send all required materials to the Program Office by the official deadline. Please note you can check the status of items received and missing on the application website.  We cannot notify you of missing items, nor can we track individual documents that have been separately mailed. The program office can answer questions about the status of your application, but answers may be slow because of the large number of inquiries.

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→ Notification of Decision

The Director of the Master of Information Technology program has final authority for decisions. Admission committees recommend admission after reviewing applications and supporting credentials. The program office will notify you of the official admission decision and provide registration information. Only the written correspondence you receive from the program office constitutes an official approval of admission.

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→ Deferral of Admission and Document Replacement

A request for deferral of admission must be received in writing and approved by the Program Director. A $20.00 fee will be charged for any change requiring the re-issuance of a Certificate of Admissions or of Eligibility (Form I-20). Enclose a check for $20.00 payable to Rutgers University with your request.

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→ Financial Documentation

International Students: International students applying for admission without financial aid from the university must document total financial resources for at least one year before they are admitted and Certificates of Admission and Eligibility are issued. You must complete the Certification of Funds for International Students (this is part of the pdf application, and it is part of the supporting documents that you download if you apply on line) and append documentation. For our program, you must document the availability of support for at least one year. This totals at least $58,000 – more if you are accompanied by family members. For more information go Proof of Funding.

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→ Types of Application

Multiple Applications: You may apply to another Rutgers program by submitting a separate fee, application, and set of supporting documents per the admissions process of that program. Our admissions system operates independently of other programs.

Reapplication: The program office will retain your application for one year. If you are not admitted, you may reapply for the next semester or next year by requesting reactivation with a new fee of $65.00, an additional letter of recommendation, and an updated personal statement. We may require other credentials, such as new and substantially improved test scores. Include transcripts of academic work completed subsequent to your first application. If more than a year has elapsed since your application, you must submit a new application, fee, and complete set of supporting credentials.

→ Getting Admitted

Can you advise me, before I finalize my application, on whether my particular academic and professional record is likely to gain me admission?
No. The evaluation of the details of each applicant's record requires consultation with faculty and we normally undertake this consultation only when the application is complete and the application fee has been paid. We have tried to answer, on this web site, all the general questions that do not relate to the evaluation of a particular applicant's record. We will be glad, however, to talk with outstanding applicants, by email, by telephone, or in person, when they do have questions not answered here. Please formulate your questions as specifically and precisely as possible and send them by email to mit@business.rutgers.edu.

Can the $65 dollar application fee be waived?
No.  The application fee cannot be waived. The fee is used to cover the cost of processing the application and correspondence.

What are my chances for admission?
This past year we admitted and enrolled approximately 30% of those that applied. We received a little over two hundred fifty applications and enrolled only 70 new students this year.

Do I need a bachelor's degree in Information Technology in order to be admitted?
No, but applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and basic knowledge in calculus and statistics. We particularly welcome applicants with undergraduate degrees in business, industrial engineering, library science, information technology, computer science, and related fields.

How high does my GMAT or GRE score need to be in order for me to be admitted?
No general answer can be given to this question. However, admission is competitive, but we weigh all aspects of each applicant's record. For the students admitted into the program the past two semesters, the average total GMAT score was 618. The average total GRE score was 307 (148 in verbal and 159 in quantitative).

Is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for all international students?
An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required for nonnative speakers of English. The minimum score for admission is 79 for the internet-based test. This requirement is waived for those who have received a post-secondary degree from an institution where the medium language of instruction is English and is located in a country that English is the primary language. Please note that participating in correspondence or online courses does not satisfy this requirement. In lieu of the TOEFL we also accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, applicants should have at least an 6.5 for the IELTS.

 

→ Financial Support

Do you provide financial support to students in this program?
Financial assistance such as teacher’s assistantship or research assistantship is currently not available through the program, but the program is closely associated with five research centers that may employ some students and bring them into contact with their industry and government partners.

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→ Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, to make the benefits and services of its educational programs available to students without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (except for Douglass College, which is entitled under the law to remain a single-sex institution), sexual orientation, disability or handicap, marital status, or veteran status. The university complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Older Americans Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions about these laws, or allegations of student rights violations, may be directed to the Secretary, Department of Education, Washington, DC 20201, or to Brian Rose, Designated Employee for Student Rights Compliance, Director of Student Policy Concerns, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, or by calling the Office of Student Rights Compliance at 732/932-7321.

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