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Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Master of Science in Bioinformatics

To better understand and improve life, students in the master’s degree program at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI learn to analyze biological data and apply the analytical skills and those analyses to pioneering research and industry challenges.

You’ll use computational tools and develop applications that bridge the gap between data and discovery—in areas such as natural water resources research and genome biology.

Students are expected to have an introductory background in computing or biology. Our faculty will help you select courses that build on your experience and elevate your skills—integrating informatics, computer science, information systems, math, biology, and related areas.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with demonstrated technical skills
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale

Successful applicants must have a strong background in computing, information technology, or biology. You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the Informatics B.S.

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Program content

The Bioinformatics master’s is a 36 credit hour program.

Required core courses (15 cr.)

  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Computational Methods for Analyzing High-Throughput Biological Data
  • Biological Database Management
  • Programming for Science Informatics
  • Seminar in Bioinformatics

Advanced core courses (15 cr.)

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Applied Statistical Methods for Biomedical Informatics
  • Machine Learning in Bioinformatics
  • Computational Methods for Biomedical Informatics
  • Biomedical Analytics
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Genomic Data Analytics and Precision Medicine
  • Computational System Biology
  • Translational Bioinformatics Applications

At most, one of the following courses can be counted as an advanced core course.

  • Clinical Information Systems
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Other Health Informatics courses

Thesis track

  • Bioinformatics Thesis

Project track

  • Bioinformatics Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.


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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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