Research scientists in bioinformatics design computational tools and data science applications that make sense of staggering amounts of data, developing solutions with life-saving results. The Ph.D. degree program in Bioinformatics at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI immerses you in course projects, independent research investigations, and lab rotations that integrate informatics, technology, statistics, computation, biology, genetics, math, other life science fields—and many other disciplines—in new ways.
Our bioinformatics degree programs put you in the heart of Indiana’s health care campus, where faculty inspire innovation and novel collaborations.
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The doctorate in bioinformatics is a 90-credit-hour program that includes core courses, research rotations, the choice of a minor, qualifying examinations, and a dissertation. Our program provides a balance in wide-ranging fields that prepares our graduates to succeed in post-doctoral careers. In addition to research and analytics, you’ll learn how to:
Students may test out of these.
For students with a biology background:
For students with a computing background:
Students will select five of these courses.
At most, one of the following courses can be counted toward the elective core.
All students will be required to have an appropriate minor outside or partially inside the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI for a minimum 12.0 credit hours. Minors will be selected with the advisor’s recommendation. Some appropriate minors would include biology, chemistry, cognitive psychology, computer science, information science, or statistics. In all cases, the number of hours to be included in the minor will be consistent with the requirements of the unit granting the minor. Some of the courses included in the minor may also count toward the student’s methodology or other requirements.
There are no minimum or maximum credits.
Students may take other electives (subject to approval) at the graduate level as needed for their specific research.
All students will take a written qualifying examination that covers the core courses (CORE A and B). The examination will be set by a group of faculty who are familiar with the content of the core courses. Examinations will be offered in August. Examinations must be completed by the beginning of the student’s fourth year in the program but can be completed before that time when the core courses are completed. Students who do not successfully complete the examination can retake the examination a second time.
Please refer to the IUPUI Graduate School Bulletin for more details on the dissertation process.
This is an oral review that covers in-depth knowledge of the student’s primary research area and dissertation proposal. The research proposal for dissertation must be approved by the student’s research committee. That committee may have the same membership as the program committee or the students may choose different members. The advisor for the dissertation will be a faculty member in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and a member of the graduate faculty. At least one the three members of the committee will be based outside the school. The student will defend the thesis proposal at a public colloquium in the school. The review should be completed within one year after passing the Qualifying Examinations.