What is the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree?
As described at http://psm.rutgers.edu, the MBS degree is a combination of an MS and a MBA degree. Students in this program choose a particular science concentration, accompanied by a business curriculum. The science concentration consists of 24 credits and the curriculum is set by the unit offering the concentration. The business curriculum consists of 19 credits and is almost completely prescribed (see http:psm.rutgers.edu/content/business-curriculum for details). Students do not write a thesis and are expected to do a Capstone project.
The Department of Computer Science in Rutgers-Camden will offer a concentration in Applied Computing starting Fall 2011. This program is tailored to students that are interested in a more applied program than the traditional MSCS degree program, who seek the Master’s as a terminal degree that will offer better opportunities for them in industry. This program is also suitable for working professionals that have some kind of scientific training and want to improve their computational skills, but feel they do not qualify to apply to the MSCS program because their undergraduate degree is not in CS. The target candidate for this program is someone with a science or engineering background, seeking professional training in computing skills that are most applicable in industry. An undergraduate degree in Computer Science is not a requirement to apply to the program.
- A bachelors degree in any basic science or engineering field, with a GPA of at least 3.0 (a B average). Original transcripts are required.
- The following background in basic Mathematics is required:
- Calculus (the equivalent of the calculus sequence 50:640:121, 122) and one or more other Math courses. Some examples are Probability and Statistics (the equivalent of 56:640:520), and Discrete Math (the equivalent of 50:640:237 or 50:198:171).
- Applicants with an inadequate background must remove all deficiencies (by taking the equivalent undergraduate courses), before being considered for admission.
- Satisfactory performance on the GRE General (Aptitude) Test (original reports required).
- Three letters of recommendation (see the application forms).
- An academic or professional resumé and a personal statement (at most one page long) about the candidate’s motivation for seeking an MBS degree in Applied Computing.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, satisfactory performance on the TOEFL.
- Optionally, other supporting information, such as work or academic experience and special skills.
All students should first take courses that provide skills required to use computers and write programs effectively. Non-CS majors will need to take more courses to aquire basic programming skills. In addition, three applied areas should be covered: Data Management, Security, and Computer Networks. A total of 8 courses (24 credits) must be taken.
|Required (non-CS)||Introduction to Programming for Computational Scientists (56:137:500)||Preparatory Course for non-CS Majors. Does not count towards degree.|
|Introduction to Algorithms for Computational Scientists (56:137:501)||3 credits|
|Required (all)||Applied Algorithm Engineering (56:137:510)||3 credits|
|Data Management||Database Systems (56:137:551)
Information Retrieval (56:137:552)
|Take at least one.
3 or 6 credits
|Security||Cryptography & Computer Security (56:137:575)
Mobile and Wireless Computing (56:137:548)
|Take at least one.
3 or 6 credits
|Computer Networks||Computer Networks (56:137:546)
Network Coding (56:137:549)
|Take at least one.
3 or 6 credits
|Electives||Any 3 or 4 graduate CS courses to complete 24 credits|
Masters of Business & Science (MBS) in Applied Computing: Course Descriptions.
For a complete list of graduate courses offered by the department, consult the Course List of the Computer Science portion of the graduate catalog.
Finance and Accounting (3 credits)
|53:135:500||Managerial Economics (3) or||Students must pick one of two|
Marketing (3 credits)
|53:630:508||Marketing Management||Mandatory for all students|
Communication and Leadership (3 credits)
|53:135:503||Personal Leadership and Communication Skills (3)||Mandatory for all students|
Management of Science & Technology (3 credits)
|53:620:513||Operations Management (3)||Mandatory for all students|
General Management Electives (3 credits)
|See Camden Course Listing for the MBS Business Curriculum||Student selects 1 course|
Ethics and Professionalism (1 credit)
|16:137:500*||Ethics for Science & Technology Management (1)||Mandatory for all students|
|16:137:503||Colloquium in Professionalism for Science & Technology Management (0)||Mandatory for all students|
|The capstone course is a project-based course covering the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, innovation commercialization, and intellectual property. Students are expected to work on team projects analyzing technology innovations and creating business plans. At least 3 of the core classes must be completed before the capstone course.|
|16:137:600*||Science & Technology Management Capstone (3)||Mandatory for all students|
|*For special permission numbers for the Rutgers-Camden business courses, please contact Joany McCracken at:
Phone: 856-225-6452 or 856-225-6218
Master’s of Business & Science Business Curriculum: Camden Course Listing and Descriptions
- A minimum of 24 credits in the Applied Computing concentration and 19 credits of the business curriculum must be completed. Further information on the business curriculum can be found at http://psm.rutgers.edu/content/business-curriculum.
- Grade requirements: To graduate, the student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, in the required 24 graduate credits. No more than 6 credits with grades of C or C+ may be used in meeeting the requirements of the MBS degree.
Transfer credits: Subject to approval by the Program Director, students may transfer up to 8 credits from other graduate Computer Science programs toward their MBS degree provided they satisfy the following conditions:
- The student has completed at least 12 credits with grades of B or better at the Graduate School in Rutgers-Camden.
- The courses transferred cannot include credits for a thesis, independent study, or research.
- The transferred credits have not been (and are not intended to be) counted towards any other degree.
- The courses transferred have been taken during the six years prior to the application for transfer credits.
How to apply
To apply and review admissions information such as application deadlines and where to mail supporting materials, please visit the Professional Science Master’s Program website.
Computer Science Graduate Program Director
Tel: (856) 225-6439
Department of Computer Science 322 BSB
227 Penn Street
Rutgers University – Camden
Camden, NJ 08102
Tel: (856) 225-6077 | Fax: (856) 225-6624