This accelerated, dual-degree program at Rutgers-Camden is designed to graduate students with a master’s degree over five years. The combined Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Business Administration in the School of Business – Camden (SBC) prepares students for professional careers in economic and business fields or for further study in law or doctoral programs. It also provides the training and credentials necessary for career advancement in the public sector. Whether one wishes to move directly into the job market or to pursue another degree, the master’s degree provides a clear, competitive edge.
Since students in this innovative program begin the transition to graduate studies in their fourth undergraduate year, highly motivated individuals with strong academic records should consider this option. Individuals come from a variety of backgrounds including (1) traditional four-year undergraduates moving directly from high school to Rutgers; (2) transfer students from community colleges; and (3) professionals holding associate degrees and working in the economic and business fields. In the case of a student returning to college, professional experience is considered in the admission. The dean of the graduate program of the Business School and the chairperson of the Economics Department coordinate a student’s admission and monitor progress toward the degree.
In order to qualify for the dual-degree program, economics majors must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 and complete Econometrics (50-220-322) and Managerial Economics (50-220-308) for admission to the graduate program. In addition, students must take the following courses of the undergraduate SBC: Financial Accounting (50-010-201); Management Accounting (52-010-202); IT and Project Management (52-623-302); and Principles of Financing (52-390-301). As MBA Waiver Policy, students who take the following course: Econometrics (50-220-322) as a substitution for Quantitative Skills (53:135-502 ) for the requirement of quantitative skills, and Managerial Economics (50-220-308) as a substitution for Managerial Economics (53:135-500) of the SBC program must obtain a grade of B or better to be waived.
Students will apply for admission to the MBA program during the fall semester of their junior year with a GPA above 3.3. Students who fail to maintain a 3.3 GPA can have their admission revoked. Students must be cleared by the chairs of the economics department and the director of the M.B.A. program in order to register for graduate credit in their senior year. Students admitted to the M.B.A. program may count up to 18 graduate credits (6 courses) toward their economics requirements as well as their M.B.A. requirements, i.e. these courses with 18 credits (6 courses) will be double-counted toward the B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. degrees with a grade of B or better. This substitution has been approved by the chairperson of the economics department. Financial Accounting (50-010-201); Management Accounting (52-010-202) are not counted towards Economics major elective courses. The credits are double counted (i.e. they are part of the 120 credits required for the BA) and are counted toward the MBA.
The GMAT (or GRE/LSAT) is also required before the 2nd semester of senior year of undergraduate program. The students must report their best GMAT score if taking the exam more than once while being in the undergraduate program.
To be qualified as a minor in butcher of business administration (BBA), students must complete 30 credits of the following courses: 2 (6 credits) required courses from the Economics Department; 4 (12 credits) required courses from the undergraduate program of the SBC; 4 (12 credits) required courses from the MBA program of the SBC.
Students are identified, informed about the program, and referred to the Graduate Deans both the Arts and Sciences and the SBC by the chair of Economics Department. Interested students may also meet with the Dean of SBC to determine eligibility.
- The Graduate Deans both the Arts and Sciences and the SBC send the student a letter of acceptance into the dual degree program before the Fall preregistration period. A copy of this letter is sent to Admissions, the Records Division of the Registrar’s Office, and to the Graduate Deans both the Arts and Sciences and the SBC.
- Students must complete required undergraduate courses of the Economics Department and the SBC by the end of the junior year, except Econometrics (50-220-332).
During the preregistration advising on the student’s Fall senior year schedule, using a special permission number, the student is registered for two graduate courses in the fall of the senior year. This course is taken along with his/her regular undergraduate courses. The undergraduate tuition rate is charged for it, and the credits are double counted (i.e. if they are part of the 120 credits required for the BA are also counted toward the MBA with a grade of B or better).
During the preregistration advising on the student’s Spring senior year schedule, using a special permission number, the student is registered for two graduate courses in the spring of the senior year. This course is taken along with his/her regular undergraduate courses.
- The student formally applies to the Graduate School of Business, following all normal procedures.
- The student is awarded the Baccalaureate degree.
Having been formally admitted to the MBA program of the SBC, the student may begin taking courses in either the summer or the fall after graduation. Upon entering the MBA program of the SBC, the student will already have completed two or three or four of the courses with a grade of B or better required for the MBA degree.
- During the fourth year, the students will take four graduate courses (12 credits) and during the 5th year, the students will take eight graduate courses (24 credits). Thus the total of twelve graduate courses (36 credits) are required to complete MBA degree requirement.
- No student will be classified as a graduate student or coded school 53 until after the Baccalaureate degree has been awarded.