Frequently Asked Questions
Find out answers to frequently asked questions for the Bioinformatics, M.S. Online program.
- Is this Master’s degree program offered entirely online, or can I take a course on campus?
While this program is currently offered in an entirely online format, if you would like to take an on-campus course, you just need an advisor or departmental approval to be registered. While we can’t guarantee acceptance to a specific course, it should in general be very possible to accomplish. Your advisor can help advocate for you in these cases. You will also need to take at least half of the courses in the modality to which you’ve applied (online). Since it’s a 10 course degree, you could take up to six (6) courses online and 4 on-campus.
- What are the entrance requirements for the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree?
As with all of our MS programs, applicants are required to have received a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. We recommend that applicants have a background in either biology/chemistry/a related science OR computer science/related field. Some applicants have a background in both knowledge areas, but it is not an expectation to gain entrance to the program.
- What courses are required to complete the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree program?
This degree program comprises a total of 10 classes (30 credits) which is split into three sections. Students will need to take 6 required courses, including at least 3 credits of the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree capstone course. They will also choose a concentration area– either Laboratory Science or Translational Science– to take two courses in. Finally, students will be able to choose two elective courses to round out their program curriculum. Visit the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree webpage for further details on the courses available through this program.
- Is the GRE test required for admission?
We have waived the GRE requirement for all of our online degree programs. It is now an optional piece of documentation if you would like to upload it, but is not required.
- How long will it take me to complete the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree?
To complete the Bioinformatics program, you will need to finish 30 credits (10 courses). If you attend as a full-time student and take 3 courses per semester, you will complete the program within approximately 2 years. If you attend as a part-time student and take 1 or 2 courses per semester, you will complete the program within approximately 2-3 years. You also have the option to take courses in the summer, although course availability is limited. As stipulated in the university catalog, master's students have 5 years to complete their degree requirements. Please visit NYU Tandon School of Engineering Bulletin for more details.
- How many credits do I need to take to qualify as a full-time student?
To be considered a full-time student, you must take 9 credits (3 courses) or more per semester. Part-time students are permitted to take 3-6 credits (1-2 courses) per semester.
- Are there any upcoming information sessions or seminars I can attend?
To learn more and receive notifications about upcoming online seminars and info-sessions, please visit our Digital Learning events page.
- Whom should I contact with additional questions?
Please contact our Digital Learning team at firstname.lastname@example.org, text JOIN to 877-642-7883 or call 646.997.3623