The Graduate Program in Bioinformatics at Boston University offers both the Doctor of Philosophy [PhD] and the Master of Science [MS] degrees. Students in the doctoral program attain a common core of knowledge, with particular emphasis on their ability to integrate knowledge from biological and mathematical disciplines. The emphasis of the MS program is preparation for the most cutting-edge industrial positions in Bioinformatics.


MS Program – Application deadlines: Fall semester August 1, Spring semester December 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. APPLY HERE
*International applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a U.S. visa in their home country.

PhD Program – the Fall application deadline is December 1. Bioinformatics does not accept PhD Program applications for the Spring semester APPLY HERE

Applications must be submitted online through the BU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS).  Please read this page carefully, and then visit the GRS admissions page


1. Online application form. Find the application here.

2. Three recommendations, preferably from professors.

3. Transcripts from all colleges previously attended.

4. Personal statement/statement of purpose, and Resume

5.*Please contact Bioinformatics to confirm all materials have been received.

PhD applicants must submit GRE General Test scores. (Note: the GRE Subject Test is no longer required for any Bioinformatics degree program.)

The Boston University code for GRE and TOEFL is 3087; for the department code, mark “other” or “not listed.”

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

International students that are offered admission will be required to submit an International Student Data form and supporting documents.

*Bioinformatics does not require International PhD applicants to submit a Financial Declaration in order for the application to be reviewed

International student applicants must also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). This requirement is waived only if an applicant has received, or expects to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences: The United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

In order to be admitted, students must achieve the following minimum score in each component of the internet-based test:

Reading: 21

Listening: 21

Speaking: 21

Writing: 21

Or scores of at least 550 for the paper-based test.

In addition to the TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted as proof of English proficiency. The minimum score required of international applicants is 7.0. Please visit the IELTS website at for more information regarding testing dates and score reports.

The Boston University code for GRE and TOEFL is 3087; for the department code, mark “other” or “not listed.”

Application Process

*Please do not send documents directly to Bioinformatics or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. All documents accompanying an application should be uploaded electronically.

There is a $95 application fee.

It is not necessary for students to submit documents of achievement, such as a thesis, diploma or a list of awards. These can be detailed in the application.