Application Checklist

Master of Science in Business of Fashion

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 SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology faculty members applying through the professional development track (FIT/MSBF). If applicable, kindly contact Yulissa Ortiz at PRIOR to submitting your application and attach a scan of your faculty ID card.

2. Official transcripts

To expedite the review process, applicants should upload unofficial transcripts to the online application or via email to the admission office. Upon being accepted and committing to the program, 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 upon admission to the program.

Applicants holding international transcripts do not need to have their transcripts evaluated unless advised by the Rutgers Business School Admissions Committee. For more information on this, or if you are a domestic applicant holding international transcripts, please refer to our international instructions.

3. GMAT or GRE test results

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

  • GMAT code: QK5-XT-08
  • GRE code: 5529

Applicants holding one of the following degrees are exempt from the GMAT/GRE:
J.D., Ph.D., M.D., or Pharm.D.

Test waivers are granted in exceptional cases only and are at the discretion of the director, based on a variety of factors such as, in part, relevant work experience (typically at least 3 years of applicable work experience in specific positions or very specific advanced terminal degrees). Appeals are not possible.

Test waivers are granted to Rutgers Newark and New Brunswick undergraduate students meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. 3.00 or better GPA for Rutgers Business School students with a Business of Fashion concentration or minor.
  2. 3.20 or better GPA for Rutgers Business School students with concentration or minor NOT in Business of Fashion.
  3. 3.20 or better GPA for Rutgers University Quantitative degrees (Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, Engineering and others).
  4. 3.40 or better GPA of all other Rutgers University students.

Fashion Institute of Technology professors and students:  As part of our agreement with your school, FIT professors eligible for the MSBF as part of their professional development track are automatically waived from the entrance exam requirement.  FIT students are also eligible for the waiver if certain criteria are met.

Forward all request to the Program Director, Dr. Tavy Ronen, at, for approval.

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

You must submit the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test if your native language is not English. This is not required of students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S.; other English speaking countries (Canada, England, etc...); or have been working in the U.S. for at least three years.

  • TOEFL Code: B355 - Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 90.
  • IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below). Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 6.5.
  • 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.

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 resume

Your resume can be submitted through the online application.

7. Essay

You are required to write an essay. The topic may vary each academic year and be made available on the online application.

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