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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.

$80,333

Average Starting Salary at Graduation

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?

  • Renowned Faculty
    Learn from approachable, internationally-respected faculty in personalized classes.
  • Industry Connections
    Our biopharmaceutical partners (Eli Lilly, Dow Agro, and others) offer opportunities for internship, sponsorship, and collaborative research.
  • Funding Opportunities
    We offer our best master’s students opportunities for funding and assistantships.
  • IUPUI’s Biomedical Research Campus
    The IU School of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute, IU Simon Cancer Center, and multiple research centers make IUPUI a leader in cross-disciplinary research.

Plan of Study

Project Track

Required Core Courses (15 cr.)

Advanced Core Courses (15 cr.)

At most one of the following courses can be counted as advanced core courses

Project (3 cr.)

Electives (3 cr.)

Students can take other graduate courses either inside or outside the School of Informatics and Computing.

Thesis Track

Required Core Courses (15 cr.)

Advanced Core Courses (15 cr.)

At most one of the following courses can be counted as advanced core courses

Thesis (6 cr.)

Non-Thesis or Project Track

Required Core Courses (15 cr.)

Advanced Core Courses (15 cr.)

At most one of the following courses can be counted as advanced core courses

Electives (6 cr.)

Students can take other graduate courses either inside or outside the School of Informatics and Computing.