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Rowan University
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


Apply for admission

Please complete all information requested and include a statement describing your interest and motivation for pursuing the advanced degree you have selected. Official transcripts from all prior colleges or universities and official GRE (and TOEFL or IELTS scores for foreign students) should be submitted directly to the Graduate School by the school registrar or Educational Testing Service (ETS).

*The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for the GSBS for both the GRE and the TOEFL is 2610.

GRE, MCAT and DAT scores must be taken within 5 years of the semester in which the student will matriculate.

TOEFL or IELTS scores must be taken within 2 years of the semester in which the student will matriculate.

**All students accepted for full time study into the Ph.D. program will receive tuition remission, paid health insurance and an annual stipend of $28,455.


English Language Requirements

Proficiency in both written and spoken English is absolutely necessary for successful study at Rowan University. Applicants whose first language is not English must document an acceptable level of English proficiency by submitting:

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with a minimum score of 79 on the internet based test (IBT). Corresponding scores for the paper and computer based tests are: 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT).
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a level of 6.0.

For additional information please write or phone:

Rowan University
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
42 E. Laurel Rd. Suite 2200
PO Box 1011
Stratford, New Jersey  08084 

Phone: (856) 566-6282
Fax: (856) 566-6232


Admission is competitive and dependent upon the availability of openings in each department. Candidates for admission are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, personal interviews, recommendations from former professors, and other data documenting academic performance and experience. Honors, awards, and professional experience in a major field of specialization also are taken into consideration. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with members of the department in which they wish to obtain a degree before submitting an application for admission.

Requirements for Admission
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required. All applicants should have completed college courses in biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. Courses in calculus, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and physical chemistry are highly recommended for all students. In general, academic programs favor admission in the Fall semester.

Admission Criteria
An applicant's cumulative academic performance should present convincing evidence of scholarly competence, especially in science and mathematics. A record of at least B level work in the natural sciences is required. The record should be supported with creditable GRE scores and favorable references, and should indicate that the applicant is capable of performing successfully in the rigorous atmosphere of the Graduate School.

Applicants should display evidence of seriousness of purpose, strong motivation to achieve a successful career in science, and high standards of personal conduct.

Before a request for matriculation can be considered, the following materials must be on file with the Graduate School Office:

(1) A completed application and application fee of $65.
(2) Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
(3) Graduate Record Examination results. (General test is required of all applicants for matriculated status except those holding degrees of M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., D.Sc., or D.O. from accredited institutions in the United States. MCATs or DATs may be substituted for some of the Master’s programs (Biomedical Science and Molecular Pathology and Immunology) in lieu of the General GRE.
(4) Recommendations from three individuals, preferably academic instructors, who have direct knowledge of the applicant's academic performance in science-related fields. Two letters are required for students applying to a Masters program.
(5) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) required of all foreign applicants.

Evaluation Procedures
Each applicant is evaluated by the appropriate admissions committee to which the application is made. The admissions committee recommendation regarding matriculation is submitted to the GSBS Senior Associate Dean and the applicant is notified of acceptance or rejection by the Graduate School.

Applicants admitted to a program must register for the academic semester for which they were accepted.


Human Rights
Rowan University has committed itself to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, military status, marital status, or other factors prohibited by law. This is the governing principle in student admissions and other student services, and employment-related activities. In this regard, the University uses an Affirmative Action Plan which has been approved by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Region 11, Office of Civil Rights, New York. It is available for review in the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Health Status
Acceptance and continued matriculation at the school are contingent upon the mental and physical well-being of the student. All students are required by state law to be immunized against measles, mumps and rubella viruses. The School reserves the right to require a student to undergo a mental and physical examination to evaluate fitness for continued studies throughout the student's matriculation at the School.

Rights of the Handicapped
Rowan University policy provides that no program or activity administered by the University shall exclude from participation, admission, treatment or employment, or deny benefits to, or subject to discrimination any qualified individual solely by reason of his or her physical handicap. "Qualified individuals" are those persons who, with reasonable accommodation, are capable of performing the essential function of the position in question in accordance with University policy, applicable laws and regulations.

Essential Functions/Technical Standards for Admission
Technical Standards refer to non-academic requirements that are essential for meeting the academic requirements of the program. Within any area of specialization, students must demonstrate competence in those intellectual and physical tasks that together represent the fundamentals of biomedical research in their chosen discipline.

The Ph.D. and M.S. degree programs at the Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences require a laboratory-based research dissertation. Granting of these degrees implies that the recipient has demonstrated a base of knowledge in the field and the ability to independently apply that knowledge to solve a particular problem by forming hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments, interpreting the experimental results, and communicating the results and their interpretation to the scientific community. Thus, a candidate for the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the biomedical sciences must posses abilities and skills that allow for observation, intellectual and conceptual reasoning, motor coordination, and communication.

The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many situations in that a candidate's judgment will be based on someone else's power of selection and observation.

The candidate must be able to acquire knowledge by direct observation of demonstrations, experiments, and experiences within the laboratory and instructional setting. Examples are physiological or pharmacological responses in animals, studies of microbiological cultures and organisms, identification of normal and abnormal cells or tissues through a microscope, and interpretation of results obtained on various instrumentation.

Intellectual/Conceptual Abilities
The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, reason, integrate and synthesize information to solve problems.

Motor Skills
The candidate must possess motor skills necessary to perform procedures required for experimentation within the chosen discipline. These skills may include, but are not limited to, surgery in animals, handling of animals, transfer of microorganisms to various mediums, preparing chemical and often toxic materials and solutions, preparation of anatomical specimens for microscopic examination, manipulating electronic and other complex equipment. Such actions require coordination of muscular movements and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

The candidate must be able to communicate and discuss his or her experimental hypotheses and results to the scientific community, both in scientific journals or directly at scientific meetings, seminars, or in the laboratory to the research team.

Behavioral and Social Attributes
The candidate must posses the emotional and mental health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities inherent in managing a scientific laboratory, the ability to function under the stress inherent in biomedical research, and the ability to understand and comply with ethical standards for the conduct of research.

Notes of Interest

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