MS in Chemistry, Concentration in Informatics

Program Description
To serve the needs of the large population of pharmaceutical professionals in the greater New York metropolitan area, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Natural Sciences offers a Master of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Informatics.   This concentration is an interdisciplinary program including training in not only chemistry and biology but also applied statistics and computer science; students will complete graduate coursework in Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.

Graduates of this concentration will be able to use information technology to improve productivity and success rates in pharmaceutical research.  They will develop and evaluate new chemical research strategies by analyzing, or mining, large amounts of data available in drug discovery, public health, clinical research, and genomics databases.  Since informatics is a rapidly evolving field there are career opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in academic research.To accommodate part-time students, already working in the industry, classes are offered on an evening schedule.
Admission Requirements
Admission requirements include graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in an allied science (biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmacy).  This baccalaureate degree must contain a minimum of 24 credits in chemistry including a two-semester sequence of Organic and Physical Chemistry.  The general Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores must also be submitted along with three letters of recommendation.  A minimum English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of79 (on the internet-based test) 213 (on the computer-based test) or 550 (on the paper-based test) is required for applicants whose native language is not English. For further details, please visit international admission requirements page:

Please note that financial assistance in the form of teaching assistantships and research scholarships is not available.
Program Coordinator

To know more about the Informatics program please contact

Dr. James A. Dougherty
School of Natural Sciences
1000 River Road, H-DH4-03
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
Voice: 201-692-2487