Degree requirements are provided here for M.B.A. students. Specialty master's students should consult their program administrators for details or the website.
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.
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.
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.
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 Office of Student
Services 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
Office of Student Services 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.
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.
Conflict with Faculty
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
- department chair
- executive director, M.B.A. program
- vice dean for academic programs
- chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark
- university president
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, he or she may then
engage independent legal counsel.
M.B.A. Challenge Examination(s) and Credit Transfers
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 Office of Student Services 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.
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.
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 Office of Student Services or our website for the specific requirements of dual-degree programs.