MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Does Rutgers have a Flex MBA program?

Yes. The Flex MBA program has been reengineered to become the Part-Time MBA program. It is flexible and allows more scheduling options than ever to students who are working full time, are starting businesses, or have changing schedules.

 

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

The Full-Time 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 program in the fall. The Full-Time program is 21 months.

The part-time 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?

No, the full-time MBA program is a 60 credit curriculum while the part-time MBA program has been reduced to a 54 credit curriculum.

 

What time and how often do the classes meet for the Part-Time MBA program?

Classes meet once a week for three (3) hours. Classes on the Newark, Madison and Jersey City campuses run from 6:00pm-9:00pm while classes on the New Brunswick campus run from 6:40pm-9:40pm.

 

As a Part-Time MBA student, can I take daytime courses?

Part-time students can take daytime elective courses on the Newark campus. However, they cannot enroll in the daytime core classes that are specifically for the Full-Time cohort.

 

What courses are available on weekends?

The course offerings on Saturday's vary each semester and by campus. Courses will be listed on the web registration pages for each registration period. Classes are usually between 1-3 credits, and most often are Special Topics elective courses on new and current topics in business. Classes are not offered on Sunday's.

 

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

The typical part-time MBA student profile has a 580 GMAT score, a 3.2 GPA, and an average of 8 years of full-time work experience.

 

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

Part-time MBA students have immediate access to MBA Office of Career Management for career advisement only. MBA students must complete 30 credits and be free of any contractual employment obligations before registering with the MBA Office of Career Management for the on-campus recruitment program for full-time job positions.

 

Can I switch from the Part-Time MBA program to the Full-Time MBA program?

Rutgers Business School does not permit students to switch to the Full-Time program once they are enrolled in the part-time program. Please carefully consider which program is best suited to your goals prior to applying.

 

I can’t take classes next semester (due to work related projects, family, etc.). Am I allowed to take time off?

Yes. Students have 8 years to complete their MBA program. If a student takes three (3) consecutive semesters off, then he/she must fill out a readmission form with the Student Services office.

 

Am I allowed to take up to 15 credits each semester in order to graduate in two years?

No. Part-time students cannot take more than 11 credits per semester unless they are given special permission.

 

Am I allowed to take some classes in Newark and New Brunswick during a semester?

Yes, students are allowed to take class at either campus based on availability. The entire program can be completed on either the Newark or the New Brunswick campus.

 

Can I complete the program entirely in Madison or Jersey City?

No. Only the core and foundation courses are available at the satellite locations. The elective courses must be completed at either the Newark or New Brunswick campuses.

 

Are interviews required during the admission process?

Interviews are required only at the request of the Admissions Committee for part-time MBA applicants.

 

Is work experience required?

Two years of full-time work experience is STRONGLY recommended for the part-time MBA program.

 

What are the prerequisite courses for the MBA program?

All students are expected to have completed one 3-credit course each in calculus and statistics with a ‘B’ or better at an accredited college or university.  The statistics course can not be more than 4 years old.  There is no time limit on the calculus course. These courses are not pre-requisites for admission to Rutgers Business School. If you are admitted, included in your orientation fee will be the Zoologic Business Essential On-Line Modules.  Calculus and Statistics are two of the modules and a passing score of 80 or better will waive you from the pre-requisite, but you will receive no academic credit toward your degree.

Applicants also have the option of taking an undergraduate level calculus and/or statistics course at an accredited college/university (including community colleges) and satisfying this requirement by earning a grade of 'B' or better.

 

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. Please refer to the advanced standing webpage. Students attending another AACSB accredited MBA program can transfer up to 12 credits into the RBS Part-Time MBA program.

 

Do you have on-line courses?

We have several core and elective courses available on-line and we will be adding more.

 

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

On average, part-time students complete the program within 3 ½ to 4 years. Depending on the number of courses you are able to take each term or if you have Advanced Standing credit, you may be able to finish in less time or it may take you longer. The program must be completed within eight years of the first term of enrollment.