Department ofBioHealth Informatics

Bioinformatics Master of Science

Bioinformatics focuses on translational research that uses computational means to transform biological data into discoveries that help us better understand – and improve – life. It’s a discipline with such tremendous impact that further research exploration in the area is fully supported by the Indiana University Life Science Initiative, Indiana’s own Bioscience Initiative and INGEN (Indiana Genomics Initiative).

The M.S. in Bioinformatics is a 36-credit-hour program that integrates knowledge from informatics, computer science, information systems, mathematics, biology and other related areas to create and implement applications that truly make a difference. Successful applicants are expected to have an introductory background in both computing and biology.

The program may be completed in two years by a full-time student. Part-time study options are available for domestic students. However, international students and any students funded directly by the School of Informatics and Computing (in the form of an assistantship or fellowship) must complete the program in two years.

Bioinformatics alum, Arvind Sekhar, shares the story of his work with Dow AgroSciences, and how bioinformatics is helping to feed the world.

Why study at SOIC?

Getting Started

Students must first apply and be accepted as a graduate student and meet the following prerequisites:

Successful applicants to our master of science program must have a strong background in computing, information technology, and biology. You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the undergraduate Informatics degree.

Plan of Study

View past plans of study: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011 or view the current plan of study below.