Bioinformatics Programs in the United States

Date Compiled: June 2009




Degree Requirements

Sampling of Research Interests

University of Alabama - Birmingham

MS in Computer and Information Sciences with Specialization in Bioinformatics, PhD in Computer Sciences with Biomedical focus

Department of Computer & Information Sciences

MS: 36 credit hours (21 general CS and 15 for specialization); PhD: flexible study options that have no required courses, but rather emphasize individualized training that is suitable for the specific prospective candidate and his or her area of specialization; MS/PhD option available

information not readily available

Arizona State University

MS and PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Engineering

MS: 30 credits including thesis , PhD: 39-45 credits required courses and 39-45 credits of elective courses

Health Information Technology Assessment for Clinical Outcomes, Distributed Cognition and Scientific Collaboration in Medicine and Health, 

Univ of Arkansas at Little Rock & Univ of Ark. for Medical Science (UALR/UAMS)

MS and PhD in Bioinformatics, Undergraduate minors for IS/CS and Biology majors,  Professional Certificate in Bioinformatics (PCB) and a Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics (GCB) are under development

UALR/UAMS Joint Graduate Program in Bioinformatics

Minor: 18 credit hours.  MS: Approximately 34 total credits of coursework in 10 courses; PhD: 36 credit hours in addition to MS in bioinformatics

Evaluating Cancer Protein Identification from Mass Spectroscopy Data, Time-Frequency Analysis of DNA Sequences, 

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI

Professional MS in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Biology Program

33-34 units total, bioinformatics emphasis (18 units)


Foothill College

Associate's Degree and Certificate in Bioinformatics

Biological and Health Sciences Division (BIO/Health divisions) and Computer Technology and Information System (CTIS) Division

47 units for Associate Degree, 43.5 for Certificate


Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences

Professional Masters of Bioscience, PhD Computational and Systems Biology

PhD: KGI and the Claremont Graduate University School of Mathematical Sciences

MS: Two academic years of work, with internship over the summer and master's paper, PhD: 72 units of coursework, dissertation

varies by track/focus area (see for details)

Stanford University

Professional MS, Academic MS, PHD, Graduate Certificate

School of Medicine -Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

Academic MS: 45 credit hours, masters thesis; Professional MS: 45 credit hours; PHD: 135 credit hours, qualifying oral examination, PHD thesis and dissertation; Certificate: completion of 3 core courses (grade B or better)


University of California - Berkeley

PhD  with emphasis in Computational and Genomic Biology

Center for Computational Biology

Special Seminar and several additional courses.  Very flexible and individualized approach

Research Areas: Genomic sequencing and interpretation, Classification of biological function; Genetic variation; Protein structure, design, and function

University of California - Irvine

MS and PhD Concentration in Informatics in Biology & Medicine (IBAM)

School of Information and Computer Science

Core and concentration courses (see course listings for details).  PhD students must write a research paper prior to admission to candidacy

Biomedical Simulations,  Computational Biology,  Bioinformatics and Probabilistic Modeling, Structure in Biomedical Data

University of California - Los Angeles

(MS) PhD in Bioinformatics 

Interdepartmental program

MS:  13 graduate courses min., PhD - same core courses plus additional coursework

Prediction of protein structure, function, interaction networks,  Genome-wide association for disease genes, Bayesian phylogenetics and comparative genomics, Stochastic network inference and modeling 

University of California - Los Angeles

BS in Computational and Systems Biology (Bioinformatics Concentration)

Interdepartmental program

core (6 courses: 23 units), a concentration area (min. 7 courses: 28 units), and a 4 unit Research and Research Communication course


University of California - Riverside

PhD in Genomics and Bioinformatics

Graduate Program in Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

No specific information available.


University of California - San Diego

PhD in Bioinformatics

Interdisciplinary program

3 quarters of coursework (4 courses each quarter) plus 9 additional courses; 2nd year qualifier exam, PhD thesis and oral exam

Varies by faculty member, see for details

University of California - San Diego

BS Computer Science with a Specialization in Bioinformatics, 

Computer Science and Engineering Department

64 units lower division (Math, chem., CS, Physics), 88 units upper division, including 5 CS technical electives, 24 units (6 courses) of concentration


University of California - San Francisco


Program in Biological and Medical Informatics.

Combination of coursework, research lab rotations, dissertation research, etc.

Computational and experimental analysis of protein superfamilies for functional inference and enzyme design, modeling of biological systems, Biopharmaceutical Sciences

University of California - Santa Cruz

BS major and minor in Bioinformatics, BS/Graduate option, MS/PhD in Bioinformatics

Biomolecular Engineering 

Minor: 15 courses; Both M.S. and Ph. D. students must complete nine 5-credit courses (7 core courses and 2 electives) and a 3-credit research and teaching course. 4 and 8 seminar credits for MS, PhD respectively. Research project for MS and research lab rotations for PhD. Thesis for MS and dissertation for PhD

Gene finding methods, RNA detection techniques, proteomics, estimation of amino acid distributions. More specific descriptions at 

University of Southern California

 PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (Biology department)

60 units of courses, usual PhD requirements

Statistical analysis of microarray data and related technologies, the study of protein-protein interactions and protein function prediction combining different sources of biological data, and a genomic polymorphism survey of Arabidopsis.

University of Colorado at Denver 

Bioinformatics PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Computational Bioscience, School of Medicine

30 semester credit hours of course work (up to 20 hours can be transferred from prior training) plus 30 hours of dissertation research, usual exams and dissertation

Physical simulations of biological macromolecules and their dynamics, Proteomic informatics, Natural language processing in the biomedical literature, Computational pharmacology, Metabolic and signaling pathway analysis

Yale University

PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (PhD en route to PhD or for those leaving program early possible)

CBB is an Interdepartmental program

4 semesters of coursework (9 courses encompassing the following core areas:  computational biology and bioinformatics, biological sciences, and informatics; graduate seminar on research ethics, multiple research rotations, CBB seminar series , two semesters as a teaching assistant, qualifying exam (oral portion includes questioning on dissertation prospectus), research rotations.  For MS: 4 semesters of coursework and 3 research rotations

steroid hormone signaling pathways and breast cancer, protein structure sampling algorithms, Statistical methods for preprocessing and scoring tiling microarray data, Analysis of transcription factors for pseudohyphal growth in different yeast strains, simulation of the DNA damage response pathway 

Florida International University

MS, PhD in Computer Science with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology specialization

Department of Computer Science

MS-15 credits of required CS classes and 15 electives or 9 electives, and option of thesis; PhD- 6 required CS classes, 6 electives, 24 dissertation credits, 2 credit hours of seminar

Pattern Discovery in sequences and structures, micro-array data analysis, primer design, probe design, phylogenetic analysis, image processing, image analysis

Florida State University

MS/PhD in Biomedical Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

MS: 36 hours of coursework and seminars PhD: MS degree requirements, comp exam, dissertation

Mathematical physiology, protein structure determination, human brain mapping, DNA topology

University of South Florida

MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

College of Medicine for MS,  UCF Educational Outreach for Certificate

MS: 9 core classes and 3 electives, plus internship;  Certificate: 12 credits (4 courses)

information not readily available

Georgia Institute of Technology

Professional and Traditional MS in Bioinformatics, PhD in Bioinformatics 

School of Biology, (PhD in partnerships with other departments)

Traditional MS: 30 credits of courses plus thesis; Professional MS: 37 credits, three semesters of specific courses in biology, mathematics, computer programming, and chemistry; PhD: 36 course credits (GPA of 3.2 or better), 24 research credits

DNA and protein sequence analysis, comparative genomic analysis, systems analysis and structure analysis, and prediction

University of Idaho

MS, PhD Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB)

BCB program, College of Graduate Studies

Both degrees require: Core courses, depth courses, lab rotation, seminars, teaching experience, and thesis.  MS: 32 credits (9 credits of thesis research), PhD: 78 credits (at least 30 hours of thesis research).

Spatial Dynamics of Plasmid-Bacteria Interactions, Microbial Community Analysis, Decision Theoretic Approach to Model Selection, Evolving Ecological Networks, Potato Genetic Map

Northern Illinois University

MS in Biological Sciences with Specialization in Bioinformatics, Graduate Certificate

Department of Biological Sciences

MS: 30 credits including either thesis, or coop experience or independent study. Certificate: 16-17 required for certificate

experimental chromosome image program, Similarity matrix and UPGMA tree of genetic marker, genome projects

University of Illinois at Chicago

BS, MS, PhD in Bioengineering with Bioinformatics Concentration; MEng  with Bioinformatics focus; Certificate program

College of Engineering, Dept. of Bioengineering

BS:  128 credit hours (12 Bioinformatics Concentration Area Elective hours); MS and MEng: 36 credits; PhD: 108 hours from baccalaureate (24 hours of coursework for admitted with MS in Bioengineering or related, 48 hours of coursework for admitted with BS); Certificate: 12 credits (3 courses)

computational methods for analyzing binding protein surfaces and core packing of proteins, Computational Biology, Machine Learning & Data Mining Combinatorial and Global Optimization, novel shape descriptors for molecular data mining for drug discovery

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MS in Bioinformatics (thesis and non-thesis options)

Interdisciplinary program administered by Graduate College

Thesis: 32 credits with min of 28 credits of coursework; non-thesis: 36 credits.  Coursework from three core areas: bioinformatics, biology and CS is required 

University research centers in this area include the Center for Biophysics and Computational Biology and an NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics; Comparative and Functional Genomics

Indiana University at Bloomington  

MS in Bioinformatics, PhD minor bioinformatics 

School of Informatics

MS: 36 credits, 6 core credits, 6 credits bioinformatics, 18 credits of electives, 6 credits project/thesis/internship; PhD minor: 12 credits

data mining and integration of genome-wide data-typically high-throughput, motif discovery algorithms and information-theoretic analysis of protein structure, comparative genomics and cancer with a focus on hypermethylation

Indiana University/Purdue University - Indianapolis

MS in Bioinformatics, PhD in Informatics with Bioinformatics focus, Doctoral minor

School of Informatics with Depts of Biology, Computer Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and other departments in the School of Medicine.

MS: 36 credits (18 credits of bioinformatics core credits), PhD: 90 credits (15 hours bioinformatics core courses, 9 hours advanced BI courses); research rotations, etc., Doctoral Minor: 12 credits from bioinformatics core

Structural bioinformatics, Data integration and mining, Gene Regulation and networks, 

Iowa State University


Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Interdepartmental)

Courses in genetics, molecular biology, mathematics and statistics, computer science, with research rotation in first year, interdisciplinary thesis research project completed the second year.  72 credits are required.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH)

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Bioinformatics

School of Public Health: Departments of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and Biostatistics 

Students are required to take 16 credits each term in their first year, including at least 12 credits outside of Biostatistics. A minimum of 64 credits are required to graduate and includes a culminating project, and a web portfolio. 

Mechanisms of genetic and epigenetic gene regulation in plants, human genetics, statistical genetics, survival analysis, clinical trials, epidemiological studies, bioterrorism surveillance, microarray data analysis, biomarker discovery and validation, statistical methodology, longitudinal data analysis, genomics, environmental epidemiology.

Johns Hopkins University

MS in Bioinformatics 

Hopkins Advanced Biotechnology Studies, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering

A total of 11 courses: 5 core courses, 4 concentration courses, an elective from bioscience and an elective from computer science. After completion of the core and concentration courses, students may choose an independent study project as one or both of their electives. 


University of Maryland University College

MS Biotechnology Studies w/ Bioinformatics Track; Graduate Certificate 

Graduate School of Management & Technology

MS:  36 credits (18 credits-core bioinformatics courses, 15 credits-electives, 3 credit capstone course) Certificate: 15 credits (5 courses)

Biomedical research, genomics, biosensors, molecular biology, biological database modeling and design, specifically microarray gene expression databases

Boston University

MS-Bioinformatics, MS-Clinical Bioinformatics (MD Track), PhD-Bioinformatics

Department of Bioinformatics

MS: 32 credits required and internship. MD Track: 32 credits required and thesis.  PhD: (Post-Bachelor's) - 64 credits required and exam (32 course credits, 16 research credits); (Post-Master's) 32 credits required (16 course credits, 16 research credits) and exam (For all: no lower than "B" in core courses)

Computational modeling of regulatatory and metabolic networks, docking, comparative genomics, protein design, genomic and proteomic biotechnology, microarray engineering and analysis, pharmacogenomics, structural biology, large scale modeling of biological systems, RNA, computational studies of cancer and neurological disorders and functional genomics, synthetic gene networks and molecular computing and genetics

Brandeis University

MS Bioinformatics, Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

Rabb School of Continuing Studies - taught by professionals in the field

MS: 36 credits; Certificate: 21 credits.  All include core courses and courses in programming, scripting language and database management.


Northeastern University

PSM (Professional Sciences Master's) in Bioinformatics

Department of Biology's Program in Bioinformatics with multiple participating departments

32 credits required.  Curriculum designed for students with either strong math & computing or biology & biochemistry background.  A six month graduate co-op in a commercial, academic, or government lab is required


University of Massachusetts - Lowell

MS and ScD in Computer Science with Bio/cheminformatics option

Computer Science

30 credits (thesis optional, can be substituted for coursework); ScD: MS requirements plus thesis for a total of 42 credits.


Boston College 

Ph.D. degree in Biology with Bioinformatics/Computational Biology track

Biology Department

4 Graduate Core Courses, 5 five additional Biology-approved Graduate Elective Courses, Lab rotations, dissertation

 Study of genetic variations, human population and medical genetics, comparative genomics and gene regulation, and computational RNA and protein structure predictions.

Michigan Technical University

BS in Bioinformatics

Department of Biological Sciences

74 credits of bioinformatics work and mandatory cooperative work experience required.

information not readily available

University of Michigan

PSM and MS in Bioinformatics, PhD

Interdisciplinary program under Graduate School

MS: 31 credits of core courses and electives, Professional MS: Internship in industry required; Research MS: rotation in a laboratory required, thesis encouraged.  PhD: 68 credits required (reduced to 50 for those with relevant MS) with two full research rotations the first year

Theory of protein folding, including structure, thermodynamics, and kinetics; statistical and computational methods for analysis of high-throughput genomic and proteomic expression data, intracellular proteases, theoretical and computational topics at the interface between structural molecular biology and physical chemistry, finding genes involved in behavioral and neurological and psychiatric diseases

Grand Valley State University

MS Medical and Bioinformatics - nonthesis

Computing & Information Systems

36 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0

information not readily available

University of Minnesota

Graduate Minor is (available to Master's and Doctoral students)

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Minor requires core courses, 9 credits for master's, 15 credits for doctoral minor.

n/a (see individual departments)

Missouri Southern State University

BS in CIS - Bioinformatics (equivalent to Biology-CS double major)

Computer Information Science

124 total credit hours (66 credit hours combined of  core computer science and biology courses)


University of Missouri - Kansas City

BS in Biology w/ Bioinformatics Emphasis  and MS in Cell and Molecular Biology w/ Bioinformatics Emphasis

School of Biological Sciences

BS: 120 hours required, of which 42 are in biological sciences MS: information not given on departmental website

see for faculty-specific research

University of Missouri - Kansas City

M.S. in Computer Science w/ Bioinformatics Emphasis; PhD in Informatics w/ Bioinformatics Emphasis

School of Computing & Engineering

27 hours of coursework, 3 hours of research thesis and min. 9 hours in emphasis area or 36 hours of coursework for non-thesis option.

Biological data mining, Functional property based protein databases, Intelligent software agents in biology, Computational genomics (Application of information theory to genomics), Genomic signal processing, Cardiac information system, Chromosome abnormality detection

University of Nebraska - Omaha

BS in Bioinformatics (BSBI)

College of Information Science & Technology

132 credits (16 hours of Bioinformatics requirements)


Ramapo College

BS Bioinformatics Major

School of Theoretical and Applied Science

128 credits total, 72 core credits, 12 credits from special set of electives with option for Bioinformatics research with faculty or internship in industry

information not readily available

Stevens Institute of Technology

BS, MS, PhD in Chemical Biology w/concentration; Certificate

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology

BS: 72 credits related to major in Junior and Senior year; MS: 30 credits (thesis not required, but is encouraged); PhD; 90 credits of graduate work in an approved program of study are required beyond the bachelor's degree; this may include up to 30 credits obtained in relevant master's degree program. Certificate: 12 credits (4 courses), all of which are transferable to the appropriate Master's degree program.

information not readily available for Bioinformatics specific research

University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

Graduate Certificate for MS and PhD students

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) 

Certificate for MS students: 12 Credit Hours; Certificate for PhD students: Bioinformatics Core Curriculum including appropriate Research and Electives for a total of 18 Credit Hours.

information not readily available

Kean University

MS in Biotechnology w/ Bioinformatics Concentration

College of Natural Sciences, Nursing and Mathematics

38-42 credits

information not readily available

Princeton University

Undergraduate Certificate  in Quantitative and Computational Biology, PhD with Quantitative and Computational Biology focus

Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Certificate: course pre-requisites vary for integrative sciences track and other students, course requirements vary by major, all do lab project, senior thesis and a course in Computational Molecular Biology & Genomics 

organizational principles of metabolic networks, quantitative modeling of cell-biological processes, mapping the genetic basis of complex bacterial behavior, comparative genomics analysis of regulatory networks, the genetic basis of quantitative phenotypic variation, and genomic plasticity and mechanisms of phenotypic adaptation

Canisius College

BS with Bioinformatics Major

College of Arts and Sciences

37 courses (128 credits) required, may be up to 136 credits, depending on electives chosen

Artificial Intelligence (Logic, Knowledge Representation, Reasoning, Natural Language Understanding, Robotics), Cognitive Science, Computer Science Education, Bioinformatics.

Columbia University

MA, PhD- both degrees in Biomedical Informatics with option of concentration in Bioinformatics

Department of Biomedical Informatics

MA: 30 credits, PhD: 60 credits

Prediction of Protein Structure, Sequence Assembly, Sequence-Similarity Analysis, Metabolic and Signal-Transduction Pathways, Analysis of Gene-Expression Chips 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BS in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology,  PhD in Biology with research concentration in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (MS on the way to PhD may be an option)

School of Science's Department of Biology

90 hours beyond bachelor's degree

Regulation of gene expression, protein folding and structure, data mining, molecular simulations, drug design

Rochester Institute of Technology

BS, MS (PSM) and BS/MS (5 year) in Bioinformatics

Department of Biological Sciences

BS:  187 credits minimum, including completion of one cooperative education experience; MS requirements not listed on website

No specific research mentioned (webpage in development)

New York University

PhD in Biology with Specialization in Genomics & Systems Biology

Department of Biology 

72 points, of which 36 may be transferred, seminars, dissertation, etc.

Systems Biology and Protein Structure, Statistical Genomics, Databases and Systems Biology, C. elegans Evolutionary Genomics, Fly Transcription Networks

Polytechnic Institute

MS in Bioinformatics

Graduate School

30 credits min


University of Buffalo

BS in in bioinformatics and computational biology (BCB)

Department of Biological Sciences

104 credit hours: 35 hours in biological sciences, 65 hours in chemistry, physics, math,  and cs and 4 hours of senior seminar and project

information not readily available

Duke University

PhD in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBB), Certificate Program in CBB

Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy

PhD: typical requirements (no details given); Certificate: 2 CBB core courses, 1 additional CBB course, CBB seminar each semester and one member of CBB faculty on dissertation committee

Computational & discrete geometry, computational biology, spatial databases, robotics, developmental biology, list at 

North Carolina State University

MS (non-thesis), PhD, Minor (for students pursuing a Ph.D. in Functional Genomics or another discipline; there is no minor offered for M.S. degrees)

Program in Genomic Sciences

MS: 33-36 credit hours: 15 Genomic Sciences core, 9 Bioinformatics Core, 9 credits of electives, with oral exam, non-thesis degree.  PhD: 72 credit hours: 15 Genomic Science, 9 Bioinformatics Core, 48 Bioinformatics and thesis.

Using genomics tools to identify quantitative trait loci, developmental quantitative genetics and molecular evolution, molecular population and evolutionary genetics, application of Information Theory to genetics, fungal molecular genetics, nucleic acid design, molecular biology and biophysics

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS Certificate of Specialization, PhD

MS Certificate:  School of Information and Library Science; PhD: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Program 

MS Certification: 48 required hours for a MLS/MIS with completion of a significant project in the area of bioinformatics, and coursework in Biostatistics: 3 credit hours minimum, Biological Sciences: 6 credit hours minimum; PhD  Two research rotations, one semester of teaching, bioinformatics and computational biology core classes, and research presentations.  Possible internships.

Digital libraries, new methods of electronic scholarly communications, information seeking behavior of bioinformatics researchers, computer human interfaces to support information seeking of scholarly information; computational and experimental methods to design proteins, physical nature of interactions between atoms, molecules, cells, and organisms; motor proteins and transcriptional regulation; High-performance computing: algorithms, programming languages, compilers and architectures; data mining. Others at

University of North Carolina - Charlotte

PSM in Bioinformatics and PhD in Information Technology - Bioinformatics track

Interdisciplinary program

PSM: 36 credit hours; PhD: 72 post baccalaureate hours with specific course selections for bioinformatics track

"Research ...encompasses both Bioinformatics and Computational Biology as defined by the NIH"

University of Cincinnati

MS, PhD in Biomedical Engineering with Specialization in Bioinformatics

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Credit requirements for MS, PhD post MS, PhD alone: 45, 90, 135

Computational neuroscience, computer learning, genomics, proteonomics, computational modeling and computational software development and applications to healthcare. Bioinformatics brings together researchers in computer engineering, computer science, genomics, proteonomics, neuroscience

Wright State University

BS in Computer Science w/Bioinformatics option, BS in Biology w/Bioinformatics option  MS in CS (course of study can be designed to include computational aspects of Bioinformatics)

Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences 

BS in CS: 195 credit hours required.  BS in Bio: 200 credit hours required  MS: 48 credit hours (including 12 credit hours toward thesis)

Protein binding interactions, comparative protein structure modeling, drug lead screening by region-based regression for QSAR analysis, data mining of three-dimensional protein structure information, repetitive elements as time-series genomic data., molecular visualization, forensic analysis of DNA evidence data 

University of Oklahoma

Certificate in Bioinformatics

Interdepartmental program

Completion of 2 bioinformatics courses and their prerequisites


Carnegie Mellon University

MS in Computational Biology

Department of Biological Sciences

99 units of coursework (up to 12 units can be research work)


Drexel University

Undergraduate minor and MS from several departments with Bioinformatics concentration; PhD in Integrated Bioinformatics

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems-Center for Integrated Bioinformatics

No specific information available - degree requirements will vary by primary department/degree

3-Dimensional Breast Tumor Modeling, Large-Scale Computations on Histology Images Reveal Grade-Differentiating Parameters for Breast Cancer, Multi-Scale Modeling of Biological Networks and Pathways

University of Pennsylvania

BS concentration for Biology, Computer Science, or Mathematics major, Professional Master's in Biotechnology (MB) w/concentration in Biology/Bioinformatics, PhD and post-Doctoral training in Genomics and Computational Biology

Penn Center for Bioinformatics; programs administered: BS by corresponding departments, MS and PhD Biotechnology program and Genomics and Computational Biology Graduate Group respectively)

MS: eleven courses: six core courses and five courses from the bioinformatics track; PhD: Three research rotations (3-4 credit units total), Eight courses consisting of both core lectures and electives (8 credit units total), One semester-long seminar that focuses on reading and discussing primary literature, Any combination of additional rotations, courses, seminars, or independent study for a total of 20 credit units over four semesters and two summers. Exams and dissertation.

information not readily available

University of Pittsburghh

MS, PHD in Biomedical Informatics with concentration in Bioinformatics

Department of Biomedical informatics

MS - 36 credit hours, minimum B grade in all graduate courses; PhD - 72 credits (54 - coursework, 18 - dissertation research)

Genomic and Proteomic Data: Analysis and Data Mining, Datawarehouses and Repositories, Bayesian Modeling and Machine Learning Methods

University of the Sciences at Philadelphia

non-thesis MS, BS into MS option (see other)

Program in Bioinformatics

22 credits of core courses, 5-6 credits of track-specific courses, electives beyond that and completion of an independent project over a period of two semesters.

n/a - non-research program

Medical University of South Carolina

MS, PhD in Bioinformatics

Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology 

MS: 36 credits; PhD: same as MS, plus typical PhD requirements

Use artificial neural network to align biological ontologies, Mathematical modeling of pathogenicity of Cryptococcus, Novel metrics for evaluating the functional coherence of protein groups via protein-semantic-network, microarray data storage using array data type

University of South Carolina

PSM in Bioinformatics

Department of Biological Sciences

36 credits (12 general, 18 core, 6 electives)


University of Memphis

MS in Bioinformatics

College of Arts and Sciences

37 credits (33 for those entering with Master's and 30 with PhD or enrolled in PhD program)

Genotype-Phenotype Analysis, Protein modeling, Datamining

University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

PhD in Bioinformatics (MS option for those not completing program)

Genomic Science and Technology program (UTK + ORLN)

48 credits of coursework past baccalaureate plus 24 credits of dissertation and research credits, research rotations

High-throughput genome sequence production; high-throughput sequence analysis tools and pipelines; whole-genome gene finding, gene and protein modeling, and genome annotation; advanced bioinformation systems and laboratory information systems; applications of high-performance biocomputing; and computational research in molecular biology

Baylor College of Medicine

PhD - Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, MD/PhD

Interinstitutional program (BCM, Rice U, U of Texas, etc.)

PhD: Collection of program-specific coursework, graduate school core curriculum, lab rotations, qualifying exam, thesis MD/PhD: first 2 years of med school (includes clinical clerkship), followed by grad school coursework, lab rotations, thesis completion finishing with final year of med school.

Computer-aided drug design, Structural and Computational Biology of Biological Machines, RNA structure, function & evolution, Bioinformatics and Comparative Genomics 

Baylor University

 BS of Informatics w/ Bioinformatics major

Department of Computer Science, Biology Department

124 credit hours required including Humanities and Social Science, Computer Science and Biology, and Mathematics and Chemistry.

Unsupervised learning methods, automation of learning, especially in the applications knowledge discovery in science, such as bioinformatics and astrophysics; interplay among routing services, transport protocols, and information dissemination problem domains

Rice University

MS in Computer Science w/ Concentration

Department of Computer Science

40 hours of CS, Statistics and Biology courses

Apply robotics and computational geometry methods to research: Structural problems in bioinformatics, protein dynamics and flexible drug design, kinematics and conformational search issues for molecules, functional annotation of proteins

St. Edwards University

BS in Bioinformatics

School of Natural Sciences

52 credits of core courses, with 13 elective credits required in bioinformatics


University of Texas - Austin

PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology with focus in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology 

Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology

Completion of 5 core courses, lab rotations, work in permanent lab, teaching for at least one semester, dissertation research

RNA biology, Plant molecular biology, systems and synthetic biology

University of Texas - Dallas

MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Departments of Mathematical Sciences and Molecular and Cell Biology

limited information on website

information not readily available

University of Texas - El Paso

PSM (Professional Sciences Master's) degree in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics Program (Interdepartmental)

40 hours of courses in the computational, mathematical, and life sciences; also requires a summer practical work experience internship in the public or private sector; Thesis is an option but not a requirement for this degree

DNA sequence assembly and analysis; ecology and phylogeny; microarray and proteomics data analysis; RNA and protein structure prediction.

Brigham Young University

BS in Bioinformatics

Department of Biology

63 hours of major requirements on top of general college requirements

Research focuses on phyogenomics, molecular modeling, proteomics, and ecological modeling

George Mason

MS and PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MS in Bioinformatics Management, graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, undergraduate minor in Bioinformatics 

Dept. of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, College of Sciences

MS: 31 credit hours including research project or master's thesis, MS in Management - 30 credits including capstone project.  PhD: 72 credits total, 48 course credits and 24 credits of thesis research. Certificate-15 credit hours

Molecular Environmental Sciences and Genomic Evolution, Learning and Optimization Algorithms for Computational Biology , RNA Structure Prediction, Protein Aggregation and Unfolding, Protein Structural Analysis Through Computational Geometry, Microarray Databases and Analysis Methods 

Virginia Commonwealth University

BS, PSM, MS (thesis), BS/MS Accelerated Program (All degrees in bioinformatics), PhD in Integrative Life Sciences with focus on Bioinformatics

Center for the Study of Biological Complexity

BS: Life Sciences General Education Requirements, specific training in the Collateral Coursework (15 credits) and in the Bioinformatics Core Curriculum (42 credits) plus track-specific courses (22 credits); Master's: 20 and 14 credits of core courses (MS and M professional respectively), 15 credits of track specific courses.

functional and comparative genomics of microbial pathogens, topology, complexity and dynamics of biological networks and pathways, Computer-aided drug discovery and computational chemistry, Method development for the analysis of large scale genetic data 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Program in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (Interdisciplinary)

Students choose a primary track from four specialty tracks:  life sciences, computer science, statistics and mathematics.  Also complete core courses and dissertation research project, and additional focused research experiences may be required.

Molecular modeling and protein structure and function, genomic sequence analysis from an evolutionary perspective, bioinformatics and imaging approaches to antiviral drug discovery, biomolecular electrostatics, protein folding and dynamics,  microarray transcription data, computational methods for use in air quality modeling. See for others.

University of Washington - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

PhD in Computational Molecular Biology or Graduate Training Certificate

Computational Molecular Biology (CMB) Interdisciplinary Program

PhD: Core CMB course, electives as selected with advisor, lab rotations, seminars, etc. Certificate: 15 units of course work like for PhD in CBM

information not readily available

George Washington University

BS in Computer Science or Biology w/ concentration in Bioinformatics or Dual BA in CS and Biology, MS in Genomics and Bioinformatics with tracks in Biology or CS

Multiple participating departments

BS: 130 credit hours required along prescribed curriculum, Dual BA: 133 credit hours required Biology MS: non-thesis option, 35 credits required with a final project.  Thesis option: 32 credits plus thesis.  CS MS: 38 credits required.

Phylogenetics, information systems, genomics and proteomics of HIV and cardiovascular disease

Georgetown University

MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Bioinformatics Track

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology

30 credits (non-thesis, one year program)

n/a - non-research program

Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin

MS in Bioinformatics

Joint interinstitutional, interdepartmental program

Thesis: 24 credit hours required plus thesis (6 credit hours).  Non-thesis: 36 credit hours.  Core courses required for both options.

information not readily available

University of Wisconsin-Madison

PhD and Post-doctoral Training

Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine Training Program (Interdepartmental)

PhD: Completion of a minor outside one's home dept. (12 credits), 3 classes in Bioinformatics/Biostatistics, 3 Biological classes, 3 CS classes, one-semester course in Scientific Ethics; Pre and Post docs: 9 credits minimum plus a course in Scientific Ethics

Machine learning and bioinformatics; algorithms for data mining and machine learning, and their applications to biomedical data; Relation of  the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of proteins to their biological functions; information extraction from on-line biomedical text

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Capstone Certificate Program in Bioinformatics (For UW-Madison post-doctoral fellows and employees of Madison-area companies who are interested in bioinformatics training), Graduate Certificate Program in Bioinformatics

Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (SOM and PH)

12 credits (3 required classes, one elective). The program typically can be completed in 1-2 years. 


University of Wisconsin-Parkside

B.S. in Molecular Biology & Bioinformatics 

Biology Department

Major consists of 46 credits in biological sciences with additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, computer science and physics, GPA of 2.5 or better

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