Master of Science in Bioinformatics

About the Program

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics (MS) 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.


Program Code: MS-BINF / Major Code: G499

  • Total semester hours required for program completion: 30 s.h.
  • Both a thesis and a non-thesis track are available

Coursework (Program Semester Hours: 30)
The courses listed here are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the CGCE section tally.

Required Courses: 12 s.h.

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM 07595 Bioinformatics: Biochemical Applications 3
BIOL 05555 Bioinformatics: Biological Applications 3
CS 07595 Advanced Topics in Computer Science 3
BINF 07500 Bioinformatics Seminar 3

Restricted Electives: Choose 9–12 s.h. (thesis track) or 18 s.h. (non-thesis track) from the following depending on focus area selected:

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
Biological Sciences Focus Area
BIOL TBD Evolution 4
BIOL TBD Environmental Microbiology 4
BIOL TBD Developmental Biology 4
BIOL TBD Cell Biology 4
BIOL TBD Special Topics in Biological Sciences 4
BIOL TBD Microbiology 4
BIOL TBD Ecology 4
BIOL TBD Genetics 4
BIOL TBD Human Genetics 4
BIOL TBD Molecular Genetics 4
Biochemistry Focus Area
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 (Pre-req: CHEM 07548) 3
CHEM 09510 Instrument Analysis (Pre-req: Consult with Program Advisor) 3
Computer Science Focus Area
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

Thesis Coursework (Students select 6-9 semester hours with their academic advisor)

Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
BINF 07501 Masters Research I 3
BINF 07502 Masters Research II 3
BINF 07503 Masters Research III 3

Admission Requirements

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

  • CGCE Graduate Application Form (Download the PDF or click here to apply online)
  • CGCE Foundation Course Completion Form (pdf)
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, or related field is highly recommended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources that speak to the applicant’s academic aptitude
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (including motivation for application to the program)
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Recommended submission of official GRE or GMAT test results
  • Interview

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

Below is a list of anticipated start dates for the M.S. in Bioinformatics program. The start dates indicated are based on the university calendar or the CGCE schedule. Your actual first day of class will depend on the course sequence which will be provided by a CGCE Enrollment Advisor once you have matriculated in the program.

Entry Term & Module Start Date(s) Application Deadline(s)
Fall 2015 09/01/2015 06/01/2015

Tuition & Costs

$648 tuition + $144.90 in fees = $792.90 per semester hour
(this rate applies to academic year 2014/2015 and is subject to change)

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