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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.




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.

Learn more about funding opportunities

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.

Learn more about living in Indianapolis

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Plan of study

Required core courses (15 cr.)

Advanced core courses (15 cr.)

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

Thesis, project, or electives (6 cr.)

Thesis track

Project track

  • 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

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