What materials do I need to submit along with my application?

Applicants should submit two letters of recommendation and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study.  GRE scores are recommended, but no required.  Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores as part of the application.  A non-refundable application fee of $75 must also be submitted along with your application in order for it to be processed.

Are TOEFL scores needed for international students whose first language is not English? If so, what are the minimum score requirements?

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in writing and speaking English with a minimal TOEFL score of 90 for the Internet-based test or minimum IELTS score of 7.0. International students residing in countries where English is not a first language are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. International applicants residing in countries where English is a first language are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if their native language is not English. The English language requirement is waived for international applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. institution.

I’ve been out of school for a while now, are professional letters of recommendation acceptable?

Although academic letters of recommendation are preferred, we will accept professional letters of recommendation if they are able to provide a sufficient character analysis and vouch for your professional and academic abilities.

When are the application deadlines?

Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission.  All application requirements can be found here:  http://www.northeastern.edu/cos/future-students/college-of-science-graduate-school/admissions/application-requirements/

Do I have to have experience in both Biology and Computer Science?

No.  We accept applicants with either a Biology or Computer Science background.  The aim of our program is to build a greater breadth of knowledge in both life sciences and computer science. Many of our students have either a strong background in Biology and Biochemistry or a strong background in Math and Computing.  Our curriculum closely matches student needs, allowing students to become familiar with all facets of the program.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1,245 per credit hour, which amounts to $39,840 for the entire program.  Graduates from the Northeastern Bioinformatics program are highly employable and working in a job within their field of study, making it a sound investment.  Links to Northeastern tuition and fees information can be found here:  Tuition Information – http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/studentaccounts/tuition.html  Fees Information  – http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/studentaccounts/fees.html

Is financial aid available?

Northeastern is committed to providing students with resources that help them get the most support during the course of their study. To find more information on financial aid and alternative loans, please click here: http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/graduate/

International students please click here: http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/international/index.html

Do you accept transfer students?

Yes.  Students who are currently enrolled in other academic institutions and wish to apply to the Bioinformatics program are welcome.  If accepted, the student’s academic record will be reviewed to determine transfer credits. Students can transfer up to 9 credits provided that they have not already been applied towards a previous degree.

What is the difference between a Master’s of Science degree and a Professional Science Master’s degree?

With a Master’s of Science degree, students are expected to have advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics.  The Professional Science Master’s is an innovative, non-thesis graduate degree program.  It combines advanced interdisciplinary training, with the development of high-value business skills critical to success in the real world.  Graduates are prepared to innovate and lead as research, managerial, or technical professionals in a wide range of biotechnology specialties.  The professional science master’s degree programs provide students advanced training in the sciences without a Ph.D and business skills without an M.B.A. The degree program was created in 1997 and, as of August 2013, was offered at 137 institutions. More than 5,000 professional science master’s degrees have been awarded.

Are students eligible for campus jobs?

Yes.  All students, including international students, are eligible to attain campus jobs.

What if I don’t get a co-op?

At Northeastern, the graduate co-op is an outstanding real-world component that is one of the hallmarks of our program.  Although it is not guaranteed that students will receive a paid co-op, all students will be placed in one.  Students will receive guidance from a Graduate Co-op Coordinator throughout their search process and throughout the co-op.

Can I apply for part-time study in the Bioinformatics Program?

Yes. The M.S. in Bioinformatics program can be taken on a part-time basis. International applicants should consult the International Student and Scholar Institute here at Northeastern to make sure their visa type will allow them to be part-time students. The Bioinformatics program is intended to be a two-year program only when taken on a full-time basis.