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Rutgers School Of Public Health Admissions Essay


ABOUT THE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION / MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH (MBA/MPH) DUAL-DEGREE

In partnership with Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick, the School of Public Health offers business students the opportunity to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) alongside a Master of Public Health (MPH). MBA/MPH students will build on their business training with a sound understanding of public health fields; and prepare students for administrative positions in the growing sector targeting cost-effective health care and public health approaches.

LOCATION

New Brunswick and Newark with Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick
*Only the Department of Health Systems & Policy and the Department of Urban Health Administration at the School of Public Health are currently participating in this dual-degree.

ADMISSIONS

Interested applicants in the MBA/MPH dual-degree program must apply separately to each school. Once a student has been admitted to both programs, he/she is then identified as an MBA/MPH dual-degree student.
Application for this degree program is available through a School of Public Health campus office.

 MPH Admission Requirements: For the MPH, interested applicants must submit a paper (hard-copy) application; applicants should not apply through SOPHAS. Students must complete the application form, personal essay, and provide two letters of recommendation, submit test scores (GREs or GMA T are accepted), formal transcripts, and the application fee to the Rutgers School of Public Health.
 MBA Admission Requirements: For the MBA, applicants are required to submit an online application and select the MBA/MPH dual-degree option. Students must then pay the application fee, submit a copy of their resume, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, a two page essay, two letters of recommendation, and test scores (the MBA accepts both the GRE and the GMAT) to the Rutgers School of Business.

CURRICULUM

For the MPH degree, students are required to complete 15 credits of School of Public Health core courses, 15 credits of department required courses and 6 credits of fieldwork. Up to nine credits of MBA courses will fulfill School of Public Health courses. MBA courses must have a grade of B or better in order to transfer. Identification of the three courses from a student's MBA transcript will be done in consultation with the Department Chair and the student. This reduces the number of credits for the MPH from 45 to 36. Visit the MPH degree webpage, the Department of Health Systems and Policy's webpage, or the Department of Urban Health Administration's webpage, for more information about the MPH curriculum.

For the MBA degree, students are required to complete 28 credits of Core Courses and 20 credits of Elective Courses. The MBA program will accept up to four (4) MPH courses or twelve (12) credits towards the MBA in lieu of the MBA core course Organizational Behavior. If a student waives the Organizational Behavior course, then he/she may only transfer in a total of three (3) HSAP courses from the MPH degree for a total of nine (9) transfer credits toward the elective area. The MBA program does not designate specific courses that may be transferred as general electives. However, all of these courses must be 'B' or better. This reduces the number of credits for the MBA from 60 to 48 (28 credits of core courses, 20 credits of elective courses). Visit the MBA degree webpage for more information about the MBA curriculum.

Both programs may be completed on a full- and/ or part-time basis.

Program Contacts for MBA/MPH Dual Degree:
At the School of Public Health: Bernadette West, PhD (for Department of Health Systems & Policy)
At the School of Public Health: Jeffrey Backstrand, PhD (for Department of Urban Health Administration)
At Rutgers Business School: Graduate Admissions Office

Admission Requirements

Students may apply for admission as matriculated (Master of Science degree) students.

Matriculated students may be enrolled as full time (9 or more credits per semester) or part time (less than 9 credits per semester) students. The maximum length of time students will be permitted to complete all coursework and capstone project work leading to degree conferral is five years, although most full time students will be expected to complete all requirements leading to the MS degree in two years.

For students who obtained an undergraduate degree in a country other than the U.S. or Canada, a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts is required unless an advanced degree has been earned in the U.S. Among agencies providing this service is the World Education Services Inc. (WES). It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this evaluation.

Required from an accredited school in the US or Canada; GPA of 3.0 or higher; for applicants with a professional degree see "waivers for undergraduate degree transcript"
General Exam
Use GRE code 2567 to forward your GRE standardized test scores to the Rutgers School of Public Health (New Brunswick campus)
Required
Two letters are required for Master's degree applicants. (At least one of these letters should be from a university/college faculty member if the applicant completed their undergraduate education, or equivalent, within the past five years.)
MD, DO, PhD, DDS, DMD, DVM, EdD, DrPH, ScD, PharmD or MPH from an accredited US or Canadian school
Required for students educated outside the US in Non-English speaking countries, or a passing score in the English Portion of the ECFMG
Relevant health sector work experience is preferred

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Non-Degree Seeking Students, such as Visiting Students, interested in applying to take one or two courses at the Rutgers School of Public Health and/or enrolling for a single semester at the Rutgers School of Public Health should complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Registration Form at the following link: http://sph.rutgers.edu/admissions/docs/NonDegreeStudentRegForm.pdf

Deferred Entrance

Once a student has been accepted as a matriculated student, a deferment for one semester may be requested. If deferment is sought beyond one semester, the student's application will be reevaluated in competition with new applicants and it will be necessary to reapply. To seek deferment, students must describe the reason(s) for the deferment request, in writing, to the admissions committee before the beginning of the semester in which they were to have enrolled.

Full Time and Part Time Status for Matriculated Students

Matriculated students may be enrolled as full time (9 or more credits per semester) or part time (less than 9 credits per semester) students. Students who have completed all coursework and have completed 6 credits of capstone project research will be required to maintain continuous enrollment of a minimum of 3 credits per semester until completion of the capstone project.

Time to Program Completion

The maximum length of time students will be permitted to complete all coursework and capstone project work leading to degree conferral is five years.

Transfer Credits

Students who have taken either core courses or required courses in the curriculum within 3 years of matriculation may be permitted to transfer up to 12 credits toward the total number of credits needed to complete the MS degree.

Leave of Absence

In some circumstances, a Leave of Abscence may be warranted. Students who re-enter the program after an absence of more than one year may apply all previous credits earned within the last three years to their degree.

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