Rutgers’ New MBS Degree
The combination of the global economic crisis and growing international competition in science innovation has created a demand for professionals who possess a unique skill set – a balance of scientific training and business savvy.
With that in mind, Rutgers’ School of Management has announced the creation of a new graduate degree: Rutgers’ Master of Business and Science (MBS).
The innovative degree program is designed to allow working adults and full-time students to pursue coursework in science, engineering and management while developing workplace skills highly valued by employers.
Some of the applied science concentrations include:
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Food Science
- International Agriculture
- Industrial Mathematics
- Statistics and Biostatistics
- Urban Environmental Analysis and Management
The offering of business and science graduate degree programs is part of a growing national trend; the National Science Foundation has allocated $15 million this year to expand these programs.
The business curriculum includes courses in finance and accounting, strategic marketing, communication and leadership, project management, management of science and technology and ethics. In the capstone course, student teams are given a real technology from a Rutgers lab, or one of its academic or industry partners, and asked to develop a plan to commercialize the technology.
“We hope that this will become a new driver of innovation and economic development for the state and a chance for students to create their own jobs,” says professor David Finegold, dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, who initiated the planning for the new degree.
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