I am currently a Business and Science student at Rutgers with a focus in Biotechnology and Genomics. I completed my undergraduate studies at Rutgers in Biotechnology - Bioinformatics and Marine Sciences - Biological Oceanography. My graduation date is currently May 2014. However, the job market is extremely tough and I looked into ways I can make myself better suited for employment. After some consideration, I feel I can actually finish all the required courses to get into a Master's program (M.S.) in Computer science by just doing one extra semester in addition to the semesters I already have to do for my current graduate degree.
This is because I felt I might have been overly ambitious during my undergraduate studies and finished all the required courses for my graduate degree save for those that needed prerequisites. This leaves me with only three courses to take over the upcoming summer (May-August 2013), Fall 2013, and Spring 2013. Thus, I am planning on taking computer science courses that I already started on as part of the Bioinformatics track in Biotechnology bachelor's. I attached an image of the courses I plan to take (Excel files couldn't be uploaded).
I have a few important questions pertaining to the plans however:
1. Note that I will NOT receive a computer science degree as a result of this, even though I completed the whole computer science curriculum requirement (5 core courses and 7 electives). I spoke with Rutgers about doing a second degree and they said I have to retake all of my humanities, history etc. courses again. So I'm just going to have the necessary courses. Would this be fine in the minds of most employers? I have everything a normal CS graduate would and three other degrees.
2. I have also thought about pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science after my M.B.S. degree. According to Rutgers, they claim as long as I take the required courses, take the GRE, and computer science GRE, I can apply to the program. Do you feel that I can still get into the Master's program? I feel I can complete a Master's in 1.5 years and that would really open up doors for me in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology with both a Biology Masters and Computer Science Masters.