Seniors

Undergraduate New Brunswick

Class of 2021

Advising

Now is the time to make sure that you are on track to graduate on time. If you have any questions related to your senior program, your Senior Student Counselor can help. Do not wait until the last minute to contact your advisor if you come across any discrepancies. A senior review discussion is not mandatory, but highly encouraged.

Contact Information

Senior Counselor, Dijha Allen - dijha@business.rutgers.edu.

Senior Counselor, Lin Williams - lwilliams@business.rutgers.edu

When contacting a counselor, please only email ONE counselor and wait for a response. It is not a good use of resources to have both counselors working on the same issue.

Degree Navigator

Degree Navigator is a tool that you can use to check your requirements. Check Degree Navigator to confirm your major(s) and minor(s). We recommend that you keep track of your degree(s) using Degree Navigator, but please keep in mind that Degree Navigator does not account for everything, such as courses approved with an exception, certain study abroad course work, etc. Therefore, if you see a mistake on Degree Navigator, contact a senior counselor immediately.

Major/Minor Declaration

Students must be declared with the correct major(s) and minor(s) in order to be certified correctly for graduation. Check Degree Navigator to confirm your major(s) and minor(s). Any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately. You will NOT graduate with an incomplete major/minor. All degrees must be fully complete by the time you graduate, otherwise, you will be required to drop the secondary major/minor or reclassify to a later graduation date.

Please note that if you are a double or triple major in Business School departments, and are utilizing a particular course to count for a requirement in each of two majors, you are only permitted to do this “double count” ONE TIME, in RBS. Once you have utilized your one opportunity to “double count” a course between two majors, you will have exhausted this possibility for the remainder of your Bachelor’s degree. One “double count” possibility, per student.

Part-time Status

Seniors in their final semester who need less than 12 credits to graduate are eligible to register for only the credits that they need to complete their degree. Students must fill out the Part-time Status Request form (obtained through their student counselor) and inform the Senior Counselor of the courses that need to be dropped for the semester. Students will not be able to drop below 12 credits after the Drop without a W period ends, even if the student does not need the course to graduate.

Pass/No Credit Option

Seniors have the option to take up to two elective courses with a pass/no credit option.

Pass/No Credit Policy

  • Only general elective courses can be taken on a pass/no credit basis. You cannot select this option for a course being used to satisfy your major, minor, liberal arts distribution requirements, or ANY other graduation credentials. Courses that could potentially satisfy an unfulfilled requirement cannot be taken as pass/no credit.
  • Business courses cannot be taken as pass/no credit.
  • Honors courses cannot be taken as pass/no credit.
  • The pass/no credit option can be applied to only one course in each of your final two semesters prior to graduation.
  • Deadlines are binding. The pass/no credit option cannot be rescinded once the deadline has passed.

Deadlines for submission

  • Fall semester: Fourth Friday of the semester
  • Spring semester: Fourth Friday of the semester
  • Six-week summer session: 10th calendar day after class begins
  • Winter session courses cannot be taken on a pass/no credit basis

**No extensions to the above deadlines**

Winter Session

A maximum of one 3 or 4-credit course can be taken over the Winter session. Credits earned in Winter Session may be applied towards degree completion at Rutgers Business School. All courses taken outside of Rutgers-New Brunswick must be pre-approved by your academic counselor in the Undergraduate Programs Office to ensure the proper transferability. Please make sure that you have the appropriate prerequisites you need to register for winter session courses listed on the Rutgers Winter Session website. You may contact the sponsoring academic department (use the search website) for departmental contact information.

Summer Session

A maximum of 12 credits can be taken over the Summer session. This includes total courses taken at Rutgers and elsewhere. All courses taken outside of Rutgers-NB must be preapproved to ensure transferability. It is your responsibility to request a transcript to be sent to the RBS Undergraduate Programs Office as soon as the class has ended. You cannot register for courses in two different schools at the same time. For example, you cannot register to take classes at Rutgers University and another school outside of Rutgers University during the same session. All students completing their degree at the end of the summer session will be an August graduate. You must classify as an August graduate to have your degree reviewed for August. This will not happen automatically.

Honors

Students who meet high academic standards will graduate with College Honors. Honor status is based on the final cumulative GPA at the end of your final semester. College honors will be noted on the diploma and on the final transcript.

COLLEGE HONORS SCALE

3.500 - 3.699

Cum laude

3.700 - 3.849

Magna cum laude

3.850 - 4.000

Summa cum laude

** Averages are not rounded up to the next highest number**

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at the end of the Fall semester will be permitted to walk in the May graduation ceremony with RBS College Honors cords.

Departmental honors/recognitions will be given out by each individual department.

Graduation Requirements

Students attending Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate – New Brunswick will be expected to complete the academic requirements of the Rutgers Business School and Rutgers University. The following specifications must be met and completed for graduation:

  • The General Education Liberal Arts distribution requirements/SAS CORE Requirements
  • The Rutgers Business School core requirements
  • Business major required courses
  • Minimum of 120 credits earned toward the Bachelor of Science degree
  • Minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA

Additionally, in order to receive a degree from the Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick, students must take a minimum of 45 business credits at Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate–New Brunswick.

To ensure you graduate on time, you need to make sure you are classified for the correct graduation month/year. Seniors must check their transcripts to make sure all transfer credits are accounted for. You can view your unofficial transcript here. All courses taken outside of Rutgers must be pre-approved by the Undergraduate Programs Office. Please use www.njtransfer.org as a reference guide. Any discrepancies should be dealt with immediately through your Senior Counselor.

January Graduation

Seniors who finish their degree requirements by the end of the Fall semester or the end of the Winter session can apply for a degree dated January. January graduates can walk in the May ceremony and their names will be called on stage and will be included in the program. You must classify as a January graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for January. This will not happen automatically. If you need to reclassify your graduation date to an earlier or later date, you will need to fill out a reclassification form by the last day to withdrawal from Rutgers University (12th week of the semester) and return it your Senior Counselor. Failure to do so will push your graduation and degree date to May.

May Graduation

Seniors who finish their degree requirements by the end of the Spring semester can apply for a degree dated May. May graduates can walk in the May ceremony and their names will be called on stage and will be included in the program. You must classify as a May graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for May. This will not happen automatically. If you need to reclassify your graduation date to an earlier or later date, you will need to fill out a reclassification form by the last day to withdrawal from Rutgers University (12th week of the semester) and return it your Senior Counselor. Failure to do so will push your graduation and degree date to August.

August Graduation

Seniors who finish their degree requirements by the end of the Summer session can apply for a degree dated August. August graduates can walk in the May ceremony. Please be aware August graduates names will not be included in the program. You must classify as an August graduate in order to have your degree reviewed for August. This will not happen automatically. If you need to reclassify your graduation date to an earlier or later date, you will need to fill out a reclassification form by the last day to withdrawal from Rutgers University (12th week of the semester) and return it your Senior Counselor. Failure to do so will push your graduation and degree date to January.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions we get from Seniors. Please read below before sending an email or requesting an appointment to see if your question is answered. 

Can I go part time (less than 12 credits) senior year?

Yes, you can go part time only if it is your last semester. You can go part time in the spring for May graduates only. More information will be sent out as we approach the spring semester. 

I took Financial Management for Finance Majors (390:310) but it is not showing on Degree Navigator. Does it still count?

Yes, that course counts for all majors but only shows on Degree Navigator for the Finance major. It does count and as long as it’s on your transcript with a passing grade of C or higher, you are fine. 

Degree Navigator shows I am missing a course in the top Eligibility Courses section (the grey box). Am I missing something?

All of these are pre-business courses. You could not have declared an RBS major without these being complete so you are fine. Degree Navigator is most likely just not showing an equivalent course that was taken. 

I am an Accounting major that entered RBS before fall 2018, but Degree Navigator is not showing my Accounting elective. Does the course count?

As long as another 300 level Business course has been taken and is on your transcript, you are fine. Degree Navigator just will not show them all. 

I am an Accounting major and taking AIS. Do I need to take MIS?

No, you do not. 

I declared a concentration but cannot add the required courses. What should I do?

Some courses are restricted to declared majors. You’ll need to email a counselor for assistance with adding concentration courses. Include the course name, number and 5-digit index number.  

Can I double-count concentration courses?

No, you cannot double count or overlap ANY courses between RBS majors and RBS concentrations. All concentration courses must be on top of any courses required for a given RBS major. DEGREE NAVIGATOR WILL NOT REMOVE THE "DOUBLE-COUNTING" COURSES, SO STUDENTS WILL NEED TO MONITOR THIS ON THEIR OWN.  

Could you tell me what courses will be offered in the spring semester?

We do not receive a course schedule before it is posted. You will have to wait until the schedule of classes posts

Can I take two courses during the winter?

No, you can only take 1 course during winter session that is either 3 or 4 credits. 

Can I take a course at a community college in the fall or spring?

No, you cannot take courses at Rutgers and at another institution at the same time. Those credits would not be accepted. Note: The Big Ten Academic Alliance Online Course Sharing Program is excluded from this policy.  

Can I take a course at another college in the summer?

Yes, matriculated students must receive prior approval for courses they intend to take for credit at another college or university. You must email a completed Transfer Credit Preapproval Form to a Senior Advisor. Once the course is completed, have the official transcript sent electronically to a Senior Advisor via email. You must be an August graduate to take a summer course. 

Do I need to apply for graduation?

No. You will however be emailed a diploma application at the end of the semester in which you are graduating in order to confirm your diploma information (name, mailing address, etc.) with the Registrar’s Office.

Do you have information on the graduation ceremony, tickets, parking, photos, etc.?

No, we do not. The Senior counselors are your degree certifiers. You will receive emails from the RBS Special Events office regarding the graduation ceremony. 

Do I receive my degree at graduation?

No, the ceremony is simply a ceremony. Grades are not in yet (for May or August graduates) by the time of the ceremony. Depending on your selection on the diploma app, degrees will be mailed or can be picked up 6-8 weeks after they are certified. January graduates would have already received their degree. 

Can I walk in May if I’m a January or August graduate?

Yes, January and August graduates always walk in May. 

Can I graduate in May and take courses in the summer?

No, you will have to move your graduation date to August to be able to register for summer courses.