Bioinformatics Master of Science
Bridging the gap between data and discovery
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.
Biomedical science: where biology, technology meet
Our Bioinformatics degree programs put you in the heart of Indiana’s bioscience and health care campus, where you’ll work with faculty who encourage your discoveries and your best path to bioinformatics jobs.Learn more about studying Bioinformatics at IUPUI
Building on your knowledge in science and IT
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.
Full-time or part-time studies
Full-time students can complete the 36-credit-hour program in two years. Part-time study options are available for domestic students. International students and students funded directly by the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI (in the form of an assistantship or fellowship) must complete the program in two years.
A personalized path to bioinformatics jobs
Bioinformatics faculty at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI know that excellent candidates for our graduate degrees might have a wealth of experience in technology or biology … but perhaps not both. Our faculty works with you to create a course of study that brings those skills into balance. We prepare our students to embark on successful bioinformatics careers.
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Job placement in 2017
With expertise in disciplines ranging from omics technologies to precision medicine, you’ll have the knowledge employers are seeking right now, whether your goal is to work in industry or academia, research or data analysis.
Our graduates have been hired at companies such as:
- Eli Lilly and Company
- Dow AgroSciences LLC
- Mayo Clinic
- Indiana University Health
- The Jackson Laboratory
- Harvard Medical School
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Funding opportunities for a bioinformatics degree
The School of Informatics and Computing offers graduate assistantship opportunities to most full-time, qualified students pursuing a master’s degree ($8,700 for non-resident and $4,350 for resident students). In accepting the school’s offer for financial support, graduate assistants become employees of Indiana University and commit to 5-10 hours of work per week under the direction of a designated faculty member.
In addition, most students have the opportunity for scholarships ($6000 non-resident and $2,000 resident) and hourly research assistantships.
Living and learning in Indianapolis
Indianapolis is the United States’ 14th largest city and the capital of the state of Indiana. The IUPUI campus, with over 30,000 students, is located on a large tract of land adjacent to downtown.
The IUPUI campus is Indiana’s health care hub, a center for technological innovations in health science, where our School of Informatics and Computing faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research.
Plan of study
Required core courses (15 cr.)
- INFO B519 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
- INFO B528 Computational Methods for Analyzing High-Throughput Biological Data (3 cr.)
- INFO B556 Biological Database Management (3 cr.)
- INFO B573 Programming for Science Informatics (3 cr.)
- INFO B627 Seminar in Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
Advanced core courses (15 cr.)
- INFO B506 Biomedical Informatics
- INFO B518 Applied Statistical Methods for Biomedical Informatics
- INFO B529 Machine Learning in Bioinformatics
- INFO B536 Computational Methods for Biomedical Informatics
- INFO B585 Biomedical Analytics
- INFO I590 Next Generation Sequencing
- INFO B619 Structural Bioinformatics
- INFO B636 Genomic Data Analytics and Precision Medicine
- INFO B646 Computational System Biology
- INFO B656 Translational Bioinformatics Applications
At most, one of the following courses can be counted as an advanced core course.
- INFO B535 Clinical Information Systems
- INFO B642 Clinical Decision Support Systems
- Other Health Informatics courses (advisor approval required)
Thesis, project, or electives (6 cr.)
- INFO B692 Bioinformatics Thesis (6 cr.)
- INFO B692 Bioinformatics Project (3 cr.)
- Elective (3 cr.)
Students can take other graduate courses either within or outside the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Non-thesis or project track
- Elective (6 cr.)
Students can take other graduate courses either within or outside the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI