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Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Computational and Integrative Biology (GPCIB) offers Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Students completing the Master’s program are expected to have the quantitative skills and comprehensive knowledge of systems biology to engage in meaningful research in computational and integrative biology. To prepare for success in this new interdisciplinary area, students are expected to have a thorough understanding of key concepts in biological chemistry, biomathematics, computer science, and integrative biology. These areas of knowledge are encompassed by Essentials Courses (see below). Furthermore, all students are required to have the capability of applying quantitative approaches to biological research, to be able to critically analyze the scientific literature in computational and integrative biology, and to skillfully communicate scientific ideas and research results, both orally and in writing.

In addition to the expectations for the Master’s degree, Doctoral students will be required to demonstrate the capability to make a significant original research contribution to the area and to present and defend this contribution in an oral defense.

Applicants for admission to the GPCIB should use the online application site. (Select “Biology: Computational and Integrative 56121” as the program. Select either the MS or PHD option.) The application requires transcripts of academic grades, GRE scores (General Test required; Subject Test recommended), a personal statement and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are required of all foreign students having English as a second language.

If you are unable to apply using the online application site, please post your complete application package to:

Graduate Admissions 
Graduate Program in Computational and Integrative Biology
Rutgers University
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102
USA

Complete applications should be received no later than February 1st for fall admission if the applicant wishes to be considered for assistantships, fellowships or other financial aid. For applicants not requesting financial aid, the application deadline for the fall term is July 1st.

International students applying from abroad must submit application materials by March 1 for a fall term admission.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the GPCIB program will require a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or engineering. Students with a Master’s degree in one of these areas will also be considered.

An admissions committee of at least three members of the GPCIB faculty will grant admission on the basis of academic grades, GRE scores (General Test required; Subject Test recommended; Institution code: 2092), a personal statement and three letters of recommendation. TOEFL scores are required of all foreign students having English as a second language. Each student will be interviewed by the admissions committee before a final decision is made.

Program Requirements