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 – to be considered for the Fall semester the application deadline is July 15; the deadline for the Spring semester is December 15

PhD Program – the Fall 2015 application deadline is December 1. Bioinformatics does not accept PhD Program applications for the Spring semester

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


For All Applicants:

1. Online application form. Find the application here.

2. Three recommendations, preferably from professors. The recommendation form can be found on the online application, available at the the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS) application site.

3. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.

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

Additional Requirements for PhD Applicants:

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:

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: 18

Speaking: 23

Writing: 22

Or scores of at least 213 for the computer-based test or 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! All documents accompanying an application should be sent to:

Boston University
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office
705 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

There is an $80 application fee. Applications received without payment of this fee will not be reviewed.

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.