rutgers business school admission requirements

An application will not be reviewed until it is complete. At the end of the application cycle, all incomplete files will be sent a deny letter.

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 military and veteran applicants. If you fall into this category, please e-mail Tishawn Hatchett at [email protected] prior to submitting your application and send her a copy of your DD 214 form or a copy of your military ID card. Do NOT include your social security number when e-mailing the form. Please block it out prior to sending.

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, GRE, or Executive Assessment (EA)

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

  1. GMAT code: QK5-XT-40
  2. GRE code: 5529
  3. Executive Assessment code: QK5-XT-40
    • Only applicants who have ten (10) or more years of post-bachelor’s professional full-time work experience are eligible to submit an executive assessment score

Applicants holding one of the following degrees from an accredited U.S. university are exempt from the GMAT/GRE/EA: JD, Ph.D., MD, or DO. Also exempt are students in the dual-degree PharmD/MBA program.

Test Waivers May Be Available:
RBS may also selectively consider requests for admission without a GMAT/GRE test score for applicants with several years of work experience and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the most recent degree. Priority may be given to experienced candidates with a graduate degree not listed above (e.g., PharmD or MS in a technical field) and candidates with an excellent undergraduate academic record and leadership qualities who can help RBS meet its goals for diversity on multiple dimensions. You should request a test waiver prior to taking the GMAT or GRE.  See below for more details.

Note:  For all merit scholarship consideration, applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE test score.

Please click here to try a sample GMAT quiz.

Please click here for GMAT/GRE waiver criteria.

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 English is not the official language in your country. Applicants from countries with more than one official language, including English, (Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, etc.) are not exempt from taking the exam. This requirement can be waived for applicants who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S. or another English-only speaking country (England, Australia, etc.). This requirement can also be waived if you have three (3) or more years of full-time work experience in the United States.

  1. TOEFL Code: B355
  2. IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below).
  3. 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 on PTE Academic.

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 current resume

This can be done through the online application.

7. Essay

Please address both topics on a single Word document:

  1. The full-time MBA experience includes academics, recruiting, and networking. What are your personal priorities and how do you anticipate allocating your time at Rutgers Business School? (500 words)
  2. Our business school is a diverse environment. How will your experiences contribute to this? (250 words)

Who Should Apply?

Admission to the Future Leaders MBA program is competitive, and open to students with a proven ability for academic success.

Students in their junior year who meet the requirements may apply for admission into the MBA program during the spring semester only.

Applicant Criteria

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Apply in the spring semester of your junior year by May 1
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay addressing the two topics below on a single Word document:
    • Describe your specific career aspirations and your reason for pursuing an MBA (500 words)
    • How will RBS help you achieve these goals? (250 words)
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.3 or above
  • Obtain a GMAT or GRE score in the top quartile
  • Complete 90 credits by the end of your sixth semester*
  • Submit a letter confirming your eligibility from your academic dean
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation. We would prefer one of these letters to be professional (from an internship or Summer job)
  • Interview with a member of the MBA admissions team

*Transfer students who have fewer than 30 transferable credits may apply to the Future Leaders MBA program. Students who have transferred in more than 30 credits will need to apply to the BS/MBA program for the spring semester of their senior year (we would like to see at least 3 semesters of coursework at Rutgers University). If you fall into this category of a spring applicant, you may not be able to take full advantage of all 12 MBA credits that you are allowed to take as an undergraduate student (depending on your remaining requirements).

In addition to the application checklist, you should be aware of the following special instructions that apply to your application for admission. Because of the additional documentation required, be sure to start the admissions process as soon as possible and adhere to all application deadlines. Students seeking an F-1 Visa are not eligible to apply to the part-time program.


Applicants with international degrees are not required to have their educational credentials evaluated by a NACES evaluating agency.* Applicants should submit original or certified (notarized) copies of all post-secondary transcripts, marksheets, examination results, diplomas and degrees. These documents should be mailed to our address. If not issued in English, a translation must be provided from a professional translation agency.

If you already have an advanced degree from the U.S., you will need to submit an official copy of the advanced degree as well as the official transcripts of your bachelor’s degree.

*Please note that RBS reserves the right to request an applicant to have their transcript evaluated by a NACES accredited credentialing agency. Situations where this could happen are if the applicant has a **three year degree or for applicants requesting a GMAT waiver. The RBS Office of Graduate Admissions will reach out to the applicant with this request. For a list of NACES agencies, go to:

**Selected three-year Indian bachelor’s degrees may be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor degree without an evaluation as long as they have been earned in Division I/First Class and the awarding institution is currently accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a letter grade of “A” or better.  Using the above standards will allow you to know if you are eligible to apply to the graduate programs at Rutgers Business School.

English Language Tests

If your native language is not English, you must submit test results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). This is not required of students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking country (Canada, England, etc.).

  • Rutgers Business School TOEFL code: B355
  • Please contact IELTS and have your scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 68 on PTE Academic

To accept the offer of admission to the program

  1. Submit the non-refundable tuition deposit via the application portal.
  2. Submit the non-refundable program fee via the application portal.
  3. If you intend to hold a F-1 or J-1 visa to study, you will need to provide the following for your I-20 or DS 2019:
    • Fill out and upload the Financial Affidavit of Support to the application portal.
    • Upload all financial documents such as bank statement to the application portal. These documents cannot be dated more than 9 months from the start of the program.
    • Upload a copy of your passport.
  • If you are studying here in the US and will be transferring in your I-20 or DS-2019 to Rutgers University, you will also need to submit the above three items along with the following: