M.S. in Bioinformatics

M.S. in Bioinformatics

M.S. in Bioinformatics

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics (M.S.) produces highly trained students who are prepared to immediately contribute in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and biomedical fields. Bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field of study that focuses on the use of computational information tools in the investigation and analysis of biological, biomedical, and biochemical systems. The goal of the field is to use information generated in the lab or clinic for future applications, research, and development.

The M.S. in Bioinformatics at Rowan University provides hands-on experience so students can perform novel research. This includes advanced training in theory and laboratory settings to allow students to diversify into other biomedical research fields. This program includes the following three focus areas: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, and Computer Science.



The M.S. in Bioinformatics program consists of 30 semester hours (s.h.). Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available.


The following courses make up the M.S. in Bioinformatics program.

  • Required Courses: 12 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Restricted Electives: 9-18 semester hours (s.h.)
    • Choose 9-12 s.h. (thesis track) or 18 s.h. (non-thesis track) depending on focus area selected.
      • Biochemistry
      • Computer Science
      • Biological Sciences
  • Thesis Coursework: 6-9 semester hours (s.h.)
    • Students select 6-9 semester hours with their academic advisor.
Required Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CHEM 07595 Bioinformatics - Advanced Biochemical Applications 3
BIOL 05555 Bioinformatics: Advanced Biological Applications 3
CS 07595 Advanced Topics In Computer Science 4
BINF 07500 Bioinformatics Seminar 3
Restricted Electives: Biochemistry Focus Area Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CHEM 07531 Special Topics in Biochemistry 3
CHEM 07570 Organic Spectroscopy 3
CHEM 07568 Medicinal Chemistry 3
CHEM 07557 Chemical Biology 3
CHEM 07560 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 09510 Instrumental Analysis 4
Restricted Electives: Computer Science Focus Area Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
CS 04530 Advanced Database Systems: Theory And Programming 3
CS 07523 Advanced Software Engineering 3
CS 07540 Advanced Design And Analysis Of Algorithms 3
CS 07570 Information Visualization 3
MIS 02599 Special Topics in Management Information Systems 3
Restricted Electives: Biological Sciences Focus Area Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
  Evolution 4
  Environmental Microbiology 4
  Developmental Biology 4
  Cell Biology 4
  Special Topics in Biological Sciences 4
BIOL 11330 Microbiology 4
  Ecology 4
  Human Genetics 4
BIOL 22450 Molecular Genetics 4
Thesis Coursework
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
BINF 07501 MS Thesis Research 1 3
BINF 07502 MS Thesis Research 2 3
BINF 07503 MS Thesis Research 3 3
Total Program Semester Hours: 30

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

    • A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, or related field is highly recommended
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (including motivation for application to the program)

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources that speak to the applicant's academic aptitude

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Recommended submission of official GRE or GMAT test results


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Bioinformatics program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1