Informatics FAQ's


Q: Who is this program designed for?
This program is designed to fulfill the needs of chemists pursuing research and development careers within the pharmaceutical industry or relevant areas in academia.
Q: Does this program include a thesis?
No, this is not a thesis program and it does not include laboratory research. Students are encouraged to pursue research internships in surrounding pharmaceutical/biotech industries.
Q: Can I practice as a pharmacist after completing this program?
No, this program is designed for chemists pursuing research and development careers; it is not intended for those interested in becoming pharmacists.
Q: What are the minimum GRE score and minimum undergraduate GPA requirements?
There are no published minimum scores or grades. Each application is evaluated individually and a decision is made based on the entire application packet, which includes GRE scores, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, etc.
Q: Do you require the Advanced Chemistry GRE?
No only the general GRE exam is required.
Q: I’ve already taken my GMAT’s. Can I submit these scores in place of the GRE’s?
No. You are required to submit GRE scores. You can visit www.gre.org for scheduling.
Q: Is the degree awarded a “Masters in Informatics”?
No, this is a “Master of Science in Chemistry” degree with a concentration in informatics.
Q: Who are the instructors and what are their qualifications?
Most of the specialized classes in this program are taught by adjunct faculty who are experts in their field and actively employed within the pharmaceutical science industries. This allows our program to maintain an industry focus and remain current.
Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
The minimum time required to complete this program is 2 years (4 semesters).
Q: I work full time during the day. Can I complete this program on a part-time basis taking only evening classes?
Many of our students work full time, live within commuting distance, and take classes only part-time. For this reason, all the pharmaceutical sciences classes are available in the evening. Furthermore, many of the instructors in this program are adjunct faculty who also work full time during the day and are only available in the evening. Thus, even full time students often become evening students by default.
Q: Does FDU offer any graduate research assistantship (RA), teaching assistantships (TA) positions, and/or job placement assistance?
The School of Natural Sciences does not have research or teaching assistantships and we do not provide job placement assistance. Full time students, however, will find that classmates and adjunct faculty working in the Pharmaceutical Science industry will provide a network of industry contacts. We have also recently instituted a summer "Internship/Work Experience" elective to assist students with no industrial experience. Students are also encouraged to visit FDU’s Career Development center.