Master of Information Technology and Analytics Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to our program is very competitive. 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 and Analytics 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 MITA program's graduates are often very competitive applicants to our doctoral program in these areas as well as other PhD programs.

Can the 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.

Is it a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) program?

The Master of Information Technology and Analytics 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 .

What about deadlines?

Only complete applications for admission will be considered. Consideration is guaranteed only for applications completed by May 1st for fall admission and October 15th for spring admission. 

Can I receive 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

Is there an application fee?

Yes there is a $70 application fee that can be paid via credit card (through the online application) or check made out to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Do you return applications after 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.

Can I check the status of my application?

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.

Will I receive notifcation of the decision on my admission?

The Director of the Master of Information Technology and Analytics 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.

Can I request a deferral of admission? What about replacing documents?

Yes you can defer your admission. You will need to pay your tuition deposit in order to do so and you can defer your acceptance up to one year.

What are the financial documentation requirements?

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 follow the instructions on the ‘once you are admitted’ section of the International Applicants website

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

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. Last year’s average was 95 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.

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.

Is there a 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.

Are scholarships available for the MITA program?

Yes. We have a one-time offer of $5000 to 4 students for the fall term class and 2 students for the spring term class. Students do not need to apply as we will be nominating qualified candidates after all the applications have been processed.

Is the MITA program based in Newark or New Brunswick?

The program is based in Newark, though some of our students occasionally opt to take approved courses in New Brunswick. The program cannot be completed exclusively in New Brunswick, nor are students obligated to take courses in New Brunswick.

Can the program be completed online?

No, there are options to take a few online courses when necessary, but most courses in this program are offered onsite at Rutgers-Newark campus. Selected courses are also available at Rutgers-New Brunswick (Livingston campus).

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