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M.S In Biomedical Informatics


The Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics provides for a wide range of career opportunities as managers, specialists, scientists, researchers and educators in various health care settings including: hospitals and health care facilities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, insurance, private and governmental agencies. The Master’s Degree program requires 36 credits (a duration of 18 months to 2 years) to complete. The details are provided below.

Program Entrance Requirements for Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics:
Applicant for admission to the Master's Degree in Biomedical Informatics must hold a bachelors degree from an accredited institution in the US or its equivalent with a major in any field of health sciences (including medicine, dentistry, allied health, nursing, public health, pharmacy), or biological sciences, computer science, engineering or an equivalent field of study. Besides the requirement of the bachelors degree, the student must also satisfy all entrance requirements of Rutgers-SHP.


These requirements include:

  • Completed applications form with the SHP’s application fee.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. Professors and/or individuals directly responsible for supervising the applicant, attesting to the candidate’s potential success in the program, should write these letters.
  • Official transcripts(s) of previous collegiate work or last earned degrees.
  • Personal statement describing interest and commitment to the program.
  • CV or resume
  • International Students: please see below:


Note: No GRE is Required to enrol in the M.S program.

International Students - WES and TOEFL: In addition to the requirements stated above international students are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination scores. Acceptable scores for TOEFL are as follows: 550 and above for paper based test and 79-80 for the internet based (iBT) examination.  Also International Students need to provide the WES evaluation of their degree transcrpits.  Students from India and Pakistan who have done their Dental (eg BDS), Medicine (eg: MBBS) and related degrees need to ensure that their WES evaluation reads "equivalent to US Bachelor's Degree".   Evaluations which read only "equivalent to 5 years of undergraduate study"is not valid for entering our MS program. 

Advisement: Each entering student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists the student in initial course selection appropriate to the career goals of the student, election of a project advisor and an advisory on project.

Program Requirements:

All students complete at least 36 credits hours of which at least 30 hours must be formal course work. This includes:


  1. 18 credit hours of core courses,
  2. Six credit hours in a specialization track,
  3. Six credit hours of electives, and
  4. Six credit hours of directed thesis or project.

There are four specialization tracks available to the Master's degree student, namely:

  • Nanomedicine and Clinical Informatics
  • Consumer/Patient Care Informatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Hospital/Healthcare Management Informatics

Students successfully completing the program will be granted the Master of Science degree in Biomedical Informatics.

Full-time students may complete the Program in 18 months, but will usually require two years. Part-time students may take three to five years to complete the Program.

Program retention: Retention in the graduate programs is based on the following criteria:


  • maintenance of GPA at 3.0 or better;
  • obtain no more than one course failure for the duration of the program;
  • retake a failed course only once and attain a C or better grade;
  • and adherence to the policies of the Rutgers-SHP and affiliating
    institutions and health care agencies.

Fees & Application Information:  Click here

Required Courses for the M.S. Program


Please click here to view and print the Required courses for the Master's Degree Program in Biomedical Informatics.




last revised on 6/6/11


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