Prospective Student FAQs

We have provided some answers to the questions we encounter the most from our prospective and current students.  If you have any additional questions please call us, NJIT's Office of Graduate Studies, at 973-596-3462. 

Online Learning Graduate Admissions Student Services
What programs are offered online? How do I apply? How do I create an NJIT UCID?
What should I expect from an online course? What are the application deadlines? Is there an orientation for online students?
What is the difference between ‘online’, ‘hybrid’, and ‘converged’ classes? What are the GPA requirements? How much is tuition?
What kind of computer and internet access do I need? Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT? When is my tuition due?
What computer skills do I need to have to take an NJIT Online course? How long will it take to process my application? How do I pay my bill?
When are courses offered? Can I transfer credits into an online program? How do I register for a class?
How do students take tests in an online course? Do NJIT alumni need to submit transcripts? Is any financial aid available?
Do I have to be an NJIT student to take an online course? I've completed an NJIT graduate certificate - do I need to complete a new application to continue with my masters degree? Do online students get an NJIT student ID card?
If I am an on-campus NJIT student can I enroll in online courses? I didn’t register for a course last semester. Do I have to reapply for admission to become active again? How many classes can I take a semester?
If I am an online student, may I take on-campus courses? I live outside the United States, can I be admitted into an online program? One of my required classes is full or not available. What should I do?
Will my diploma or transcripts indicate I completed my program online?   Can online students participate in on-campus graduation?
What happens after I register for a course?   How do I find out my course textbook?
How long does it take to finish a program?    
Are professors of online courses allowed to request that students are in attendance for in-person for exams?    
Where is my nearest “local approved proctor”?    
If the NJIT campus in Newark, NJ is closed due to inclement weather, does my online class still meet?    

 

Online learning

What programs are offered online?

What should I expect from an online course?

  • NJIT Online graduate courses follow a similar format to those that are held in person: they are led by a faculty member who is an expert in the field, utilize textbooks, and often require homework, class participation, and exams.  NJIT Online courses take place in the Moodle open-source online learning platform.  Registered online students log on to Moodle using a NJIT-issued id and password to access lessons, participate in discussion forums, upload assignments, take tests and quizzes, and more.
  • While deadlines tend to be scheduled weekly, some courses may require participation in live online discussions or events, and group work may require meetings with classmates outside of the course.

What is the difference between ‘online’, ‘hybrid’, and ‘converged’ classes?

  • Online courses are typically offered synchronously or asynchronously, NJIT online courses tend to favor the asynchronous model, with some courses including synchronous video sessions and examinations.
    • Synchronous online learning requires students and instructors to participate in a learning event that occurs at a specific, scheduled time.
    • Asynchronous online learning utilizes digital learning technologies to enable lessons to be experienced at any time.
    • Hybrid Learning, also referred to as "blended learning," is the term used to describe courses that are delivered both in-person and online.
    • Converged Learning is a new and innovative way of delivering instruction that integrates online and on-ground students into a single learning community, converging the physical and virtual classrooms.  Within the NJIT Converged Learning delivery model, there is no distinction between online and on-ground courses. Curriculum delivery is independent of time and place, allowing for student (and instructor) to attend class in-person or online in either synchronous or asynchronous models.  Visit the NJIT Converged Learning webpage to learn more.

What kind of computer and internet access do I need?

  • Reliable and secure internet access is required. 1.5 Mbps download speed is suggested.  Updated Internet browsers such as (but not limited to) Explorer, Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.  A webcam and microphone may be required for participation in some courses.
  • Please Note: specific courses may require the purchase of software that will have its own technical requirements in order to complete the course.  This information will be indicated on the course’s syllabus.

What computer skills do I need to have to take an NJIT Online course?

  • At a minimum, NJIT Online students should know how to send and receive email, attach a file to an email, and use a web browser and word processor.  As a technical school, many of our courses and programs will require additional technical and computer skills to meet course requirements.  Please check with your program advisor or course instructor with any concerns.

When are courses offered?

  • Courses are offered in alignment with a standard three-semester academic-year calendar.  Fall courses begin in September, Spring courses begin in January, and Summer courses begin in May.  Additional information concerning NJIT’s academic calendar can be found by visiting the NJIT Registrar academic calendar webpage.

How do students take tests in an online course?

  • It depends on the course.  A timed course exam will be active for a specific date set by the instructor with a timer that begins when the student starts the exam. Or, some exams are ‘open-book’ with a one week deadline. There are also some courses with exams still issued on paper, sent to university-approved test proctors (e.g. local libraries or testing centers) or issued at NJIT in-house. The course material and nature of the delivery dictates the style of the exams and can vary for each professor and each course.

Do I have to be an NJIT student to take an online course?

  • Students are permitted to register for up to 9 credits of non-matriculated coursework with the written approval of the academic department.

If I am an online student, may I take on-campus courses?

  • Online students may register for on-campus courses if they are admitted to a program to which the course applies.

If I am an on-campus NJIT student can I enroll in online courses?

  • NJIT on-campus students may enroll in online courses if they are admitted to a program which the course applies.

Will my diploma or transcripts indicate I completed my program online?

  • NJIT’s diplomas and transcripts do not differentiate between online and on-campus program participation.  

What happens after I register for a course?

  • Once you are admitted and registered for a course you may log in to the NJIT online course management tool Moodle with your UCID and password.  Please reference these helpful Moodle tutorials for information on how to get started, update your profile, submit assignments and more.

How long does it take to finish a program?

  • That depends on the length of the program you are considering and the time you are willing to commit to coursework each semester.  Each 3-credit online graduate-level course typically requires a time commitment of 10 hours each week for lesson review, reading, homework, discussion, exams and more.  A typical part-time graduate student takes about 6 credits (2 classes) a semester, while a typical full-time graduate student takes 12 credits each semester.  NJIT’s Graduate Certificates each require 12 credits (4 courses).  NJIT’s Master’s programs require between 48 and 30 credits.

Are professors of online courses allowed to request that students are in attendance for in-person for exams?

  • This is on a case-by-case basis, so it's hard to say which professor for which course may require this, but it is possible.  If you live within 75 miles of NJIT (University Heights, Newark, NJ), you may have to come to campus 1 or 2 times per semester for an exam. If you are outside the 75 mile radius, you may need to have a local approved proctor (i.e. local library or community college) to take the exam.

Where is my nearest “local approved proctor”?

  • If you are requested to take an exam utilizing a “local approved proctor”, your course instructor or his/her academic department will approve a proctor for you. This local proctor may be a library, testing center, community college, or other location.

If the NJIT campus in Newark, NJ is closed due to inclement weather, does my online class still meet?

  • Coursework for online courses tends to be self-paced with regular deadlines set at intervals (often weekly). Therefore, if NJIT experiences an unexpected campus closure for a day or portion of a day, the coursework for online courses for that week will still be due. In the rare event that NJIT is closed for an extended period of time please reach out to your instructor to determine if any schedule adjustments need to be made.

Admissions FAQs

How do I apply?

What are the application deadlines?

  • Deadlines for Master’s degree applications can be found by visiting the NJIT Admissions Dates and Deadlines webpage.
  • Graduate Certificate program applications are considered on a rolling basis - but it is recommended that applicants complete their application and submit all materials to NJIT at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which they hope to begin the program.
  • Additional information about admissions requirements can be found by visiting the NJIT Admissions criteria and checklist webpages.

What are the GPA requirements?

  • We look for students who placed in the top half of their graduating class and department, with a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Individual departments may impose more stringent requirements.
  • Additional information about admissions requirements can be found by visiting the NJIT Admissions criteria and checklist webpages.

Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

  • NJIT’s Online Graduate Certificate programs do not require submission of GRE or GMAT scores for application.
  • Standardized test requirements vary by program for the online master’s degree programs.  For example, the GMAT is required for all applicants to graduate programs within the School of Management.
  • Additional information about admissions requirements can be found by visiting the NJIT Admissions criteria and checklist webpages.

How long will it take to process my application?

  • Please allow at least 10 to 15 business days for your materials to arrive. Your application will be reviewed as soon as all required documents arrive. You will receive written notification from the Office of Graduate Admissions informing you of any missing documentation. You can check your application status by visiting NJIT’s Admissions Status Check Webpage.

Can I transfer credits into an online program?

  • A maximum of 9 credits of graduate work, taken within seven years, from accredited U.S. educational institutions may be transferred and applied to degree requirements at NJIT if the courses were taken for full academic credit, were never applied to any other degree, and a final grade of at least B was attained. The student’s graduate advisor and the Office of Graduate Studies must agree that the course(s) directly relate to the student’s program of study.  Credit transfer requests must be submitted via a form available from the Office of Graduate Studies along with course descriptions from the educational institution and an official transcript mailed directly from the educational institution. Additional information about transferring course credit can be found by visiting NJIT Registrar’s transfer credit evaluation webpage.
  • Credits from educational institutions outside the United States (except Canada) cannot be transferred.

Do NJIT alumni need to submit transcripts?

  • No, the Office of Admissions at NJIT has the ability to acquire alumni transcripts.

I’ve completed an NJIT graduate certificate - do I need to complete a new application to continue with my masters degree?

  • Yes, you must apply and be admitted into a master’s degree program.  

I didn’t register for a course last semester. Do I have to reapply for admission to become active again?

  • Yes, at this time, NJIT students who miss one semester become inactive in the following semester. Therefore, you would need to reapply for admission (select ‘readmit’ in the options).

I live outside the United States, can I be admitted into an online program?

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all international applicants not holding a degree from a United States post-secondary institution.  The minimum score required is 79 for the Internet-based TOEFL exam, 213 for the computer-based TOEFL exam, or 550 for the paper-based TOEFL exam.  A minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-score lower than 6.0 is required for the IELTS exam.  Additional information about admissions requirements can be found by visiting the NJIT Admissions criteria and checklist webpages.

Student Services

How do I create a NJIT UCID?

Is there an orientation for online students?

  • There are on-campus orientations for both international and domestic students to which, online students are invited. An online version of orientation isn’t yet available.  If you are too distant to attend an on-campus graduate orientation you may be able to have many of your questions answered by participating in one of the NJIT Admissions Office Virtual Graduate Information Sessions - offered several times a month.

How do I access my online class?

How much is tuition?

  • An up-to-date list of NJIT tuition and fees can be found by visiting the NJIT Bursar Tuition and Fees webpage. Online NJ permanent residents or citizens will receive NJ in-state rates. Students that live outside of NJ will receive e-Tuition rate provided that they remain 100% online. Non-US citizens residing inside or outside of NJ will receive non-NJ rates.

When is my tuition due?

  • Bills are due the Wednesday before the first day of the semester.  Any student registering after the due date is expected to make payment immediately.  Please visit the NJIT Bursar website to learn more about bill payment and deadlines.

How do I pay my bill?

  • Payment for your semester bill may be submitted in-person, by mail, or online.  Online payment is available by submitting an e-check or credit card (credit card payments are charged a convenience fee) payment via the Highlander Pipeline. Please visit the NJIT Bursar’s Tuition Payment Methods webpage to learn more about payment options.  

How do I register for a class?

Is any financial aid is available?

Do online students get an NJIT student ID card?

  • Online students are eligible to obtain a NJIT student ID card, provided that they can prove their identity. Additional information is available by visiting the NJIT photo identification webpage.

How many classes can I take a semester?

  • Students ordinarily may take up to 12 graduate credits per semester. If you'd like to take classes beyond that limit you must email your advisor to determine your eligibility and get approval for the request.

One of my required classes is full or not available. What should I do?

  • There are two options:
  1. Add yourself to the waitlist. The waitlist will notify you if and when a slot opens up to register in that section. It is not guaranteed that a slot will open up for you, as this requires other registered students to drop their courses.
  2. Register for another course. It is likely that you have other options available such as: registering for an elective, or by speaking with your advisor for a course substitution.

Can online students participate in on-campus graduation?

  • Online degree program students may participate in NJIT’s Graduation Ceremony.  Information on deadlines and the Graduation Application form can be found by visiting the NJIT Registrar’s Graduation Information webpage
  • Non-degree Graduate Certificate programs are not included in NJIT’s Graduation and Convocation ceremonies.

​​How do I find my course textbooks?

If you have any additional questions please call us, NJIT's Office of Graduate Studies, at 973-596-3462.

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