For the 2010 Fall semester, Rutgers officially debuted the Masters of Business and Science degree on the Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden campuses. ECE Professor Dr. Deborah Silver serves as the director of the program which currently has ninety-one students enrolled in twenty concentrations across the University.
The degree has been created, in part, because domestic and international businesses require more and more of their employees to possess a fresh understanding of the latest developments in their respective fields, in addition to multidisciplinary entrepreneurial skills that can translate scientific and technical knowledge into profitable products and services. The new degree combines master’s level study in science, mathematics, or engineering with “plus” courses in business, policy and entrepreneurship. Students may select from a wide range of areas to study, including concentrations in communications, engineering, computer engineering, digital signal process, solid-state electronics, and systems and control. One of the more popular concentrations is in electrical and computer engineering.
Those considering the MBS degree should have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering.
An attractive feature of the program for undergraduate ECE students at Rutgers is the 4 + 1 BS/MBS degree. During their junior year, eligible students may apply to the program and, if admitted, attempt up to 12 graduate credits. Upon graduation, students may apply the 12 graduate credits toward the MBS degree.
When asked why he chose to pursue the BS/MBS degree, undergraduate ECE student Andrew Chad Watson stated, “Having the MBS degree will help me to become a leader among my peers and work on projects that will make a positive contribution to society. The degree will also increase my technical knowledge and put me on the forefront of cutting edge research.”
The Master of Business and Science degree is bridging the gap between the academic and practical aspects of the sciences as well as preparing students for the global economy of the 21st century. Further information is available onhttp://mbs.rutgers.edu.