Admissions Policies


Admission to our program is very competitive. Because each student receives substantial faculty attention, we enroll only about 25 new students each year in the whole program. We may enroll only one or two new students in a given program of study.

For this coming Fall 2017, we expect to recruit in all our active programs: Accounting; Accounting Information Systems; Economics; Finance; Information Technology; International Business; Marketing; Operations Research, Organization Management; and Supply Chain Management.

We will also consider strong candidates for individualized programs. Applications for individualized programs are only considered, however, when they are accompanied by a detailed study plan endorsed by a faculty member who undertakes to make sure any necessary reading courses will be provided.

Although most classes in the program are offered on Rutgers’ Newark campus, students must also be prepared to take some classes on the New Brunswick campus.

Because students work so closely with faculty in the doctoral program, we consider not only the applicant’s qualification but also the match between the applicants and the faculty available to mentor them. We sometimes suspend admission for a particular program of study when it already has a substantial number of students. For additional insights into our admissions process, see Frequently Asked Questions.

→ Our Program is for Full-Time Students

Our program is only for full-time students. A full-time student is expected to complete the course work requirements in two years; this requires three or four courses each semester, participation in Summer Paper Seminars in each of the first two years, and regular participation in the Professional Development Program (see Program Requirements). The student must pass a qualifying examination shortly after completing the course work and spend the next two years working on a dissertation. Students who enter the program on a full-time basis must have permission of the Program Director in order to switch to part-time (fewer than 9 credits per semester) status.

By accepting admission as full-time students, applicants commit themselves not to take or continue paid employment, even self-employment, outside the university. Our faculty have the highest standards of performance at the doctoral level, and in order to meet those standards, full-time students must really study full-time.

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

If you are not a doctoral student in the Rutgers Business School, you need permission from the instructor and the program director to enroll in one of our doctoral courses. Permission should be requested from Assistant Dean Gonçalo Filipe at 973-353-5371.

Permission is usually granted to students in other doctoral or masters programs 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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→ Joint Ph.D.s

In some cases, a doctoral student in a department outside the Rutgers Business School (RBS) may simultaneously satisfy the requirements of his or her home program and one of the ten concentrations in the RBS doctoral program. In this case, the student will be awarded a single PhD joint in the home program and in the RBS major. The student’s transcript will be annotated to indicate that the student has satisfied the requirements of both PhD programs.

For more information, see Joint PhDs with other Rutgers Programs

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→ Deadlines

Only complete applications for admission will be considered. Consideration is guaranteed only for applications completed by February 1st. The only scheduled meetings of our faculty admissions committees are following the stated deadlines.

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

When completing the Application for Graduate Admission, the applicant indicates whether he or she wishes to be considered for financial aid. Only applicants for full-time study are considered for financial aid. Consideration for financial aid is only for applicants for fall admission whose applications are completed by the February 1st deadline.

Rutgers University supports the resolution of the Council of Graduate Schools, which sets April 15 as earliest date at which institutions will ask potential graduate students to decide whether to accept offers of financial support. Acceptances after April 15 are considered binding.

In addition to the financial aid offered by the program, U.S. citizens and permanent residents only may apply for need-based grants, loans, or work-study. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online at

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→ Application Fee

After completing the electronic admissions application, please send us the non-refundable application fee of U.S. $70.00, 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. 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 Doctoral 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 four years 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 four years. This totals at least $216,000 – more if you are accompanied by family members.

Domestic Students: Although not required to complete a similar certification of funds, domestic students applying for full-time study without financial support must also persuade the Program Director of their ability to fund themselves for four years of study without outside employment or financial support from the university.

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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.

Non-degree Application: With the permission of the Program Director and the instructor, a student may enroll in a course on a non-degree basis. This permission will be granted only when the instructor and Director believe that the student is outstanding enough to add value to the class for other students.

Students who qualify and wish to study on a non-degree basis should not use this application. Instead, they should request the application for non-degree study from the Graduate Admissions Office. Test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are not required.

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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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