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  Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick 2022-2024 Degree Programs M.B.A. Degree Requirements  

M.B.A. Degree Requirements
Degree requirements are provided here for M.B.A. students. Specialty master's students should consult their program administrators for details or the website.

The general master of business administration (M.B.A.) degree program requires a minimum of 60 credits. The professional accounting M.B.A. program requires 66 credits. Completion of the prescribed program of courses is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for the award of a degree. Consult the Degree Programs chapter for specific course requirements. In no case are students permitted to attempt to take more than 75 credits of approved courses toward their degree.

Time Limits
A time limit of eight calendar years from the date of first enrollment to the part-time M.B.A. is permitted for achieving the M.B.A. degree. Any courses (except for transfer credits, discussed below) taken more than eight years before the date of graduation are not counted toward the degree. Students are required to retake such courses.

Incomplete Coursework

If, for legitimate reasons, a student is unable to complete all the required coursework or examinations, a faculty member may choose to submit a grade of INC (incomplete). If the coursework is not completed, the INC is automatically changed to an F on February 1 for the summer trimester, June 1 for the fall trimester, and September 1 for the spring trimester. Justified reasons for the submission of the grade of INC might include illness requiring medical attention, personal emergency obligations claimed by the student and recognized as valid, recognized religious holiday(s), and severe inclement weather causing dangerous travel conditions.

Students incurring more than two INC grades in the same trimester may be contacted by the Scholastic Standing Committee. The committee reserves the right to place on probation any student who consistently fails to complete coursework on time, in which case that student will be permitted no future INC grades.

Scholastic Standing

Students must maintain an academic average of no less than 2.5. The student's average is computed on the basis of all courses taken for credit. Each grade received in a course that has been failed and then repeated is included in the calculation. Grades received in courses not given at a graduate department of Rutgers University or New Jersey Institute of Technology are not included in the computation.

Grades are rounded to the third decimal place; a 2.499 is not equivalent to a 2.5. The MBA Program Office reviews each student's academic record at the end of each trimester. Students will be placed on probation and receive a letter from the assistant dean of M.B.A. Student Services the first time his or her semester grade-point average falls below 2.5. If the student's grade-point average falls below 2.5 a second time any time in the future, he or she will be dismissed from the the M.B.A. program. The student will be notified in writing by the assistant dean of students for the M.B.A. program of the dismissal due to failure to uphold academic standards. Appeals of these actions may be submitted in writing, to the executive M.B.A. director for review by the M.B.A. Policy Committee. Students should email or drop off such appeals to the MBA Program Office in Newark. Students on academic probation may be required to follow a program of study prescribed by their academic adviser or the M.B.A. Policy Committee during an appeal. The successful completion of such a program is a condition of the student's continued enrollment at Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick. All M.B.A. candidates must complete the program with a grade-point average of 2.500 or better. 

Grade Deficiency
A student may repeat a failed credit or not-for-credit course only once. Both grades will be used in computing the grade-point average. A second failure in that course will be grounds for the dismissal of the student from the program.


An RBS graduate student who earns a grade of D or F may repeat the course and have the original grade eliminated from the cumulative grade-point average.

The option is subject to the following limitations:

1. The original D or F grade remains on the transcript.

2. The repeated course must carry the same subject number and course title, or the equivalent, as approved by the student's program director.

3. If the course is repeated more than once, the repeat option cancels only one D or F grade.

4.  This grade replacement policy may be applied to one (1) RBS graduate course. Students may repeat additional courses, but the original D or F for every course exceeding the one-course limit remains in the computation of the cumulative grade-point average.

5. This policy applies to RBS graduate courses only and will not be applied to courses offered by other graduate schools.

 *This policy is not valid until Fall 2023. No D or F grades prior to Fall 2023 will be eligible to repeat under this policy.

Conflict with Faculty
Sometimes students want to appeal a faculty member's decision. Matters such as review of a specific grade given by a faculty member should first be discussed with the faculty member and then referred to the department chair. However, if unresolved, the university policy allows students to appeal to the following persons in the exact order listed:

  1. Professor
  2. Department Chair
  3. Program Director
  4. Vice Dean for Academic Programs
  5. Dean
  6. Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark
  7. University President

Each appeal to these individuals must be made in writing with a copy to the school for the student's file. Each person in turn will respond in writing with a copy for the student's file. If a student appeals to all of the above persons without gaining satisfaction, they may then engage independent legal counsel.

M.B.A. Challenge Examination(s) and Credit Transfers
Students may apply to sit for a challenge examination in core course and foundations subjects to prove competency and to be allowed to substitute a higher level elective in place of the core requirement. There is a $50 fee for each examination. Contact the MBA Program Office for information. Students must complete challenge exams within the first three semesters following their initial enrollment. Any exceptions to this rule must be approved by the executive director of M.B.A. programs. 

Students in the part-time M.B.A. program may receive approval for previous coursework in a degree program from an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). The course must have been completed within five years of first enrollment, and the student must have received a grade of B or better in the course. This approval must occur during the semester of first enrollment. Students must contact the RBS Office of Graduate Admissions for approval of transfer credits.

The total number of credits that may be granted toward the M.B.A. degree based on transfers from other institutions cannot exceed 6 credits, except in the case of students enrolled in dual-degree programs at Rutgers University. Please check with the MBA Program Office or our website for the specific requirements of dual-degree programs.


Transfer Course policy between Rutgers Business School master's degree programs:

1. Students who are accepted into a second Rutgers Business School master's degree program (after completing an initial RBS master's degree) can transfer up to twelve (12) credits between programs so long as those courses satisfy the applicable degree requirements, all degree requirements for both degrees are met and pending the program director's approval.

2. Waived courses cannot be applied as a transfer course between programs.

3. The transfer course option between Rutgers Business School degree programs is restricted to a time frame of within five years of completing the first graduate degree.

4. The transfer course option applies only to courses within the Rutgers Business School, not academic units within Rutgers nor outside the university. 

5. Only courses with a grade of B or higher will transfer.

6. Individual RBS graduate programs may impose lower limits on the number of allowed RBS graduate credits, may impose additional restrictions on the list of approved courses or on the requisite workload of the courses, or may disallow use of graduate credits entirely. The director of the graduate program is responsible for reviewing and approving the use of any courses taken while an RBS graduate toward completion of the second graduate degree.

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