Graduate Programs


Bioinformatics Requirements

To receive a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics, the applicant must be admitted as a graduate student and complete 36 credit hours including: 18 credit hours in bioinformatics core courses, 3 credit hours in seminar courses, and 9 – 15 credit hours of electives. The students have the options of taking (1) six credit hours towards a thesis, or (2) three credit hours towards a project, or (3) a non thesis/project option without thesis/project credit hours.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

  • INFO-I 501 Introduction to Informatics
  • INFO-I 519 Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • INFO-I 556 Biological Database Management
  • CSCI 59000 Algorithm in Bioinformatics
  • INFO-I 575 Informatics Research Design

Advanced Core Courses (12 credit hours, select four)

INFO-I 529 Machine Learning in Bioinformatics(3 cr.) GRAD 652 Biostatistics II (3 cr.) or NURS-N 607 Advanced Statistics (3 cr.) INFO-I 619 Structural Bioinformatics (3 cr.) INFO-I 646 Computational Systems Biology (3 cr.) INFO-I 656 Translational Bioinformatics Applications (3 cr.)

Required Seminar Courses (3 credit hours)

INFO-I 532 Seminar in Bioinformatics


You may take other INFO graduate courses such as next generation sequencing (I590) and independent study (INFO-I 552), as electives. You may also take up to six credits outside the School of Informatics, in addition to CSCI 59000, GRAD-G 652 and NURS-N 607.

Project/Thesis (6 cr.)

INFO-I 692 Bioinformatics Project (3 cr.) INFO-I 692 Bioinformatics Thesis (6 cr.)

Students may perform an independent research project and produce a report or thesis for public defense. The project might consist of a research paper, a designed artifact, or other appropriate deliverable format.