Part-Time MBA Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The Part-Time MBA 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. They have access to the Office of Career Management once they reach 24 credits. Students have the flexibility to begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

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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 is 49 credits.

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 campus 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 Saturdays and Sundays vary each semester and by campus. Courses will be listed on the web registration pages for each registration period. Weekend classes will also run once a week for 3 hours, typically in the morning.

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 24 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?

You may apply to the full-time MBA program but note that the program will accept up to 6 credits of your completed courses from the part-time MBA 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 a full-time course load 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 classes at either campus based on availability. The entire program can be completed on either the Newark or the New Brunswick campus.

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 cannot 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 fee will be the SS&C 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 6 credits into the RBS Part-Time MBA program.

Do you have on-line courses?

We have several core and elective courses available on-line but the entire MBA cannot be completed online.

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

On average, part-time students complete the program in about 3 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.

Are scholarships available in the part-time MBA program?

Part-Time MBA applicants must complete four semesters and have a strong GPA before submitting the Part-Time MBA scholarship application. The scholarships for part-time MBA students are available for the Fall and Spring terms only.

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Rutgers STEM MBA Frequently Asked Questions

What is a STEM MBA?

High-quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) MBA programs include extensive portions devoted to technology and math. Over 50% of the courses for our entire curriculum require advanced mathematics or deal directly with the management of technology.

Does the STEM designation only apply to certain concentrations?

No. You may pursue any concentration as a STEM degree. To qualify, 50% of your total required degree credits must be in STEM-designated courses. This requirement is easy to meet in concentrations such as Supply Chain Management, Finance, Pharmaceutical Management, and Analytics and Information Management. For other concentrations, consult with an academic advisor to plan your curriculum to meet the criteria for a STEM degree.

Does the STEM designation only apply to the Full-Time MBA?

No. Rutgers STEM MBA applies to the Full-time and Part-time Rutgers Business School MBA programs. Students in the Full-time and Part-time program can pursue a STEM degree. 

What do I need to do to qualify for the benefits of a STEM MBA?

Take at least 50% of your course credits from the list of STEM-designated courses. The majority of the credits in the core curriculum (including what we call “Foundation” courses) are non-STEM. Therefore, you should work with your academic advisor and faculty from the appropriate academic department to design a plan of study that emphasizes STEM electives in your concentration.

How does the STEM MBA affect international students?

Under current federal policy, international students (e.g., those on F-1 student visas) are eligible to work in the US in Curricular Practical Training (CPT) after two full-time semesters in residence. CPT allows international students to have paid internships in the US. After graduation, these students are eligible for Optional Professional Training (OPT). For a non-STEM degree, OPT can last for one year, enabling the student to learn a job in a US-based company before going abroad or getting an H-1B visa. For a STEM degree, OPT is extended an additional 24 months (if properly designed by the employer), so international students who receive the Rutgers MBA can work in the US for up to 3 years.

Have admissions procedures or standards changed for the Rutgers MBA?

The move to a STEM designation does not bring any significant changes to the standards for admission to our MBA programs.

Is the STEM MBA a dual degree?

No. The STEM MBA is one degree with the option to pursue more than one concentration.

Is the STEM designation available to recent alumni?

The STEM designation was approved for RBS MBA programs in 2020. Therefore, both international and domestic students who graduated in May 2020 are eligible to receive the STEM designation as long as their coursework met the criteria for a STEM degree. International alumnus currently under OPT who meet this requirement are eligible for extended OPT. Graduates who earned their degrees before May 2020 are ineligible to receive the STEM designation. Contact Marc Limata in the Full-Time MBA Office or Julia Conroy in the Part-Time MBA Office if you would like to request a review of your transcript.

Why might I want to attend Rutgers and not pursue the STEM-designated curriculum?

Although this designation is valuable, it may not align with your career goals. The STEM curriculum heavily emphasizes the use of math, science, and technology in business. Some career paths require other skillsets that you might want to focus on, which might not qualify you for a STEM-designated degree. You should design a course plan that helps you to achieve your career goals.

How can I find out more information about the STEM MBA?

Contact Rutgers Business School’s Office of Graduate Admissions: or call 973-353-1234.