MSc in Bioinformatics - Program Overview
The master of science degree in bioinformatics is offered on a full- or part-time basis to fulfill the needs of traditional students and those currently employed in the field. Graduates develop a strong foundation in biotechnology, computer programming, computational mathematics, statistics, and database management, and will be prepared for careers in the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries.
Based on consultation with individuals within the industry nationwide, the job market is rich with opportunities for those who obtain a master of science degree in bioinformatics, particularly when coupled with industry-sponsored research as thesis work. This research will provide exposure to real-world problems—and their solutions—not otherwise attainable in an academic setting.
The program provides students with the capability to enter the bioinformatics workforce and become leaders in the field. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Individuals entering an MS program in bioinformatics typically have degrees in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, statistics, computer science, information technology, or a related field. The MS program accommodates this diversity in two ways. First, a comprehensive bridge program exists for students who need to supplement their education before entering the MS program. Second, the program itself consists of two tracks, one for students with backgrounds in the life sciences and one for those with backgrounds in the computational sciences. Regardless of the track pursued, students will be prepared to become professional bioinformaticists upon graduation.
Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, information technology, statistics, or related disciplines are invited to apply. Admission decisions will be based on a composite of prerequisites, including an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Graduate Record Examination scores may be required in some cases. Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5.
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Last updated April 25, 2018