M.S. in Bioinformatics

Apply computer science to biological data

Data is driving advances in all areas of biology, agriculture, and biotechnology, as well as applications like personalized medicine. In the two-year Master of Science in Bioinformatics, you will learn to model, analyze, and manage massive amounts of biological data.

Also known as computational biology, bioinformatics is a fast-growing field. Our interdisciplinary program emphasizes computation and informatics but also integrates knowledge from biology, statistics, and related areas. You will be part of a tight-knit program, study in one of the nation’s top technology schools and biology departments, and have access to leading-edge resources like the Big Red II supercomputer.

Start a bioinformatics career or earn a Ph.D.

About half of our graduates are hired by companies or by research hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The other half enters Ph.D. programs. One program you can consider: IU’s Ph.D. in Informatics, which offers a track in bioinformatics.

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A wide-ranging, flexible program

First-year curriculum

  • INFO-I 519 Introduction to Bioinformatics in the fall
  • INFO-I 529 Machine Learning in Bioinformatics in the spring
  • Electives—fill out your schedule each semester with your choice of courses in areas like biology, data mining, cancer genomics, machine learning, modeling, statistics, or data science

Summer

This is an ideal time for an internship.

Second-year curriculum

  • A yearlong, 6 credit hour capstone research project, giving you valuable experience in a topic such as analysis of next-generation sequencing data, epigenomics, metagenomics, glycomics, evolutionary and comparative genomics, or disease networks
  • More electives
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Prerequisites

M.S. in Bioinformatics students are expected—but not required—to have at least introductory knowledge of both biology and informatics, including:

  • Approximately 6 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in biology, covering molecular biology, genetics, and evolution
  • Approximately 6 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in computer science or informatics, covering programming, discrete structures, and data structures

If you haven’t completed these prerequisites, you will be required to take one or two appropriate 500-level background classes.

International students

Approximately 80 percent of our graduate students in computer science are from outside the United States. Many of our faculty are, too. In addition, thousands of international students come to IU for other programs of study. The university, our department, and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering offer many types of support for you and a global community that we hope you will join.

Advising

For guidance and assistance, contact Volker Brendel, the program director, at vbrendel@indiana.edu or the Computer Science Graduate Studies Office at sicecsiu@indiana.edu.

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