Admissions & Aid
Frequently Asked Questions
Many students have similar questions about our school and programs. If your question cannot be answered here, please contact us!
Q: How do I check the status of my application?
A: Once you apply to RowanGSBS, you will be contacted weekly with what items are outstanding to complete your application. If after receiving your weekly application update, you still have a question or concern about a particular item, please email us. If you have not yet applied but starting sending items such as test scores or transcripts, we recommend submitting your application to get confirmation as to what items have been received by our office since we cannot easily track individual documents without receiving a submitted application.
Q: Can I fax my transcripts and/or letters of recommendation?
A: No, we cannot accept faxed transcripts or letters of recommendation. All transcripts must be official and therefore sent directly from the issuing institution. Some schools participate in electronic submission of official transcripts which can be sent to our email directly from the issuing school. Letters of recommendation can be sent via mail or email. If they are sent via email, please be sure it is sent on official company letterhead with an original signature (not a typed name) and come directly from the letter writer’s official business email address.
Q: I have a degree from another country, do I need to submit a credential evaluation such as WES?
A: No, we no longer require evaluations of international credentials, however all transcripts must have English translations.
Q: Is there housing on-campus?
A: No, there is no on-campus housing. However, there are many affordable apartment complexes within walking distance, please view our housing section.
Q: I am an international student, for which programs can I apply?
A: International students are eligible to apply for any master's or doctoral program and are NOT eligible to apply for any certificate programs. GSBS recommends all applicants to the Masters of Molecular Pathology and Immunology program own a personal vehicle.
Q: On average, how many applications will the PhD program receive and how many seats are available?
A: We typically receive about 40-50 applications for 4-8 student positions in the doctoral program.
Q: Does the PhD program provide scholarships and are international students eligible?
A: Yes, the scholarship is the same for all students, as long as the student stays in good academic standing: A stipend of at least $28,455 (check tuition chart for current amount), waived tuition, paid health insurance and most student fees are paid.
Q: What is the average time that the PhD student takes to complete his/her degree?
A: The average PhD student finishes early in their year 5 (5.17 years) in our doctoral program. However, a student may stay for 7 years to finish, if needed.
Q: Can I work at another job while I'm in the PhD program?
A: International PhD students cannot work any other jobs while being on an F-1 Student Visa. However, American students can work another job but it is best to speak with your mentor about any job opportunities you may be seeking. More importantly, it may take you longer to complete your doctorate degree because you will not be putting 100% of your effort into your research.
Q: Once I have applied, how long does the application process take before a decision is made?
A: The application deadline is February 1st. Complete applications are reviewed after the deadline with most decisions being made between February and April. We encourage students to continue to apply, even after the deadline, until all available slots are full with the idea that the earlier the student applies, the better the opportunity for them to be considered.
Q: How long does it take to complete the biomedical sciences program?
A: The program is 30 credits. It was designed to be completed in 3 semesters but in some cases students have completed it in 2 semesters.
Q: I plan on applying to medical school once I graduate, how is RowanGSBS linked to RowanSOM?
A: Acceptance to GSBS is independent of admissions to SOM. However, students in the biomedical sciences program (with the exception of the Certificate program) are eligible to take up to two SOM courses. Doing well in these courses are a great indicator of academic abilities and can help your application to medical school. Additionally, the GSBS faculty is also the faculty for SOM so students get the opportunity to build relationships with those faculty members and get accustomed to their teaching style before applying to SOM.
A: The thesis option is great for students who have an interest in research and completing a thesis. Both tracks require a minimum of 30 completed credits hours for graduation, however it can take slightly longer for thesis students to graduate since they must successfully defend their thesis to earn their degree. Most students in the biomedical sciences program are enrolled in the non-thesis (MBS) option.