Admissions, Fees & Financing your DBA

General Admissions Criteria

The RBS DBA is a unique two-year doctoral degree program with classes held mostly on weekends to accommodate the schedules of executives, professionals, and academics seeking a terminal degree. After a review of the application materials required to be filed, qualified applicants will also be interviewed by the Director of the DBA program, and possibly by other faculty members as well.

Each year the Rutgers DBA program accepts an exclusive group of students from a broad range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The criteria for selection include the applicant’s potential for success at senior management levels and the ability and motivation to participate in a rigorous course of study while being employed.

Applicants should meet the following admissions standards:

  • A Master’s degree or international equivalent (preferably an MBA or EMBA)
  • At least 10 years of academic, business, or technical experience, working in senior executive or technical positions will be preferred
  • Candidates with high level responsibility and international experience
  • Maturity and motivation to succeed in the DBA program
  • Proficiency in oral and written English. Applicants who have not had English as their primary language of instruction must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores

GMAT/GRE is not required for admission into the program. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and with strong substantial experience in business-related areas at senior levels will also be considered. Candidates will have to demonstrate interest and talent for research. The program is open to Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Employment visa holders. Other long term visit pass holders are to seek approval from ICA prior to submitting the application for admissions.

Application Checklist

March 31, 2023

Applications received after the application deadlines will be considered for late enrolment. 

Carefully complete, date, and sign the full application form and return it with a non-refundable application fee of SG$108 (non-refundable & inclusive of GST), payable by cheque or electronic funds transfer. Cheques should be made payable to “Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.” Do not send cash.

The application fee will be waived for all applicants who submit their complete application packet (including transcripts, letters of reference, and test scores) by the priority deadline.

Applicants must submit one transcript and certificate for each undergraduate and graduate institution they have attended.

International applicants should submit original or certified (notarized) copies of all post-secondary transcripts, marksheets, examination results, diplomas and degrees. If not issued in English, a translation must be provided from a professional translation agency. Please mail these documents to our address.
If you already have an advanced degree from the U.S., you will need to submit an official copy of the advanced degree, as well as official transcripts from your bachelor’s degree.

Applicants with international degrees are no longer required to have their educational credentials evaluated. However, RBS reserves the right to request an applicant to have their transcript evaluated by a NACES accredited credentialing agency. Situations where this could happen are if the applicant has a **three year degree or for applicants requesting a GMAT waiver. The RBS Office of Graduate Admissions will reach out to the applicant with this request. For a list of NACES agencies, go to:

**Selected three-year Indian bachelor’s degrees may be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor degree without an evaluation as long as they have been earned in Division I/First Class and the awarding institution is currently accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a letter grade of “A” or better. Using the above standards will allow you to know if you are eligible to apply to the graduate programs at Rutgers Business School.

Submit your current resume.

Applicants are responsible for securing three references. Your referee can complete the form and email to us directly from their work email to the Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific office in Singapore at

You must submit a personal statement in less than 900 words as to why you wish to enroll in the Rutgers Business School DBA Program and provide reasons as to how this would lead to achieving your personal goals and objectives. The personal statement should describe your qualifications, identify special interest areas of study, and describe how you are qualified to pursue pure or applied research in the area of your choice.

You are encouraged to identify a precise research question that you plan to investigate during the course of the DBA. This statement will be carefully read and evaluated by professors in the appropriate field and by the DBA admissions office. The personal statement should be submitted along with your online application.

You must submit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic test if English is not the official language in your country. Applicants from countries with more than one official language, including English, (Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, etc.) are not exempt from taking the exam. This requirement can be waived for applicants who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in the U.S. or another English-only speaking country (England, Australia, etc.). This requirement can also be waived if you have three (3) or more years of full-time work experience in the United States.

  1. TOEFL Code: B355
  2. IELTS: Please contact IELTS and have your score sent to our office (address listed below).
  3. PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language proficiency test designed to measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as they are used in an academic setting. Rutgers Business School requires a minimum score of 68 on PTE Academic.
  • NRIC or Employment pass and passport
  • Digital Passport size color photo

Financing Your DBA


The tuition fee* for the DBA is SG$108,000 (excludes GST) if completed on schedule in 2 years. It covers teaching fees, academic materials, access to Rutgers University E-library and break snacks during the core module. The tuition fee is payable in 4 or 8 equal instalments. For the 8 instalments scheme, there is an additional administrative fee of $800 (excludes GST).

Students continuing beyond 2 years, and are in the dissertation stage, will have to pay the annual DBA program and tuition fees* of SG$3,500 per semester for those years to continue to be registered in the program. The maximum allowed period for completion is 4 years. After that students have to re-apply to be re-admitted to the DBA program.

* Please note that the program fees are subject to an annual review and prevailing GST.

Industry-Wide Course Fee Protection Insurance

Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific has in place an Industry-wide Course Fee Protection Insurance Policy (IWC) to protect the paid fees of students residing in Singapore, renewable on an annual basis. The IWC serves to protect the student’s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the IWC protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts. We have appointed Lonpac Insurance Bhd as our IWC insurance provider. Under the IWC insurance scheme, students’ fees are insured by Lonpac Insurance Bhd. In case of events as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from Lonpac Insurance Bhd. A copy of the insurance certificate is available here.

Financial Aid

A number of financial institutions in Singapore offer personal loans for education purposes to Singaporean or Singapore-PR. For more information, please contact the banks directly.

Information is correct as of October 2022.

Rutgers Business School Asia Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

CPE/UEN#: 201019419W.
Registration Period:
22 May 2020 to 21 May 2024

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