Admissions FAQ


What materials do I need to submit along with the application?

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate universities (high school transcripts are not needed).
  • Three recommendation letters from professors or professionals are required. Recommendations should be solicited from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement, and can assess your potential for success in the Program.  Letters from other individuals who are qualified to evaluate your professional qualifications and potential will be accepted if you have been out of school for a number of years.
  • GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) test scores.
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose, and Resume/CV
  • The application fee is $80 and must be submitted along with the application in order to be reviewed.
  • Please note, the admissions office will require international applicants that are recommended for admission to submit an International Student Data form and supporting documents.
  • *Please contact Bioinformatics to confirm all materials have been received.

What are the application deadlines?

MS Program The Fall application deadline is July 1 and the Spring deadline is December 15

PhD Program The Fall 2014 application deadline is December 1, 2014

What if I don’t have experience in both computational and experimental fields?

Applicants are not required to be well versed in both fields. Even if you do not have the academic background in both the computational and experimental fields, we are looking for highly motivated students.

Test Scores

  • GRE Subject Tests are not required.
  • GRE General Test is required for PhD applicants only.
  • There is no minimum GRE score needed since admission depends on many factors.
  • TOEFL scores are needed for all international students whose first language is not English. The minimum scores in each component of the internet-based test are: Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Speaking: 23; Writing: 22. A minimum score of at least 213 is required for the computer-based test, and 550 for the paper-based test. In addition to the TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is 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. Students who have earned a degree from any of the following universities do not need to submit TOEFL scores: The United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

Fellowships and Financial Aid

Scheduling a Visit

Please contact us two weeks in advance of when you would like to visit with the names of the professors who you would like to visit, along with the dates and times that you are available. Please attach your resumé/CV in the email. We do not offer general tours.

View a campus map to locate accessible parking areas, audible crosswalk signals, TTY/TDD payphones, as well as curb cuts and building wheelchair accessible entrances at BU Maps or head over to the T Access Guide for information on the MBTA.

The faculty, students and staff of the Bioinformatics Graduate Program recognize the importance of a diversified student body. We believe all of our students benefit from being part of a close-knit community where they can share and learn about each other’s educational backgrounds, cultures, religious beliefs, physical and mental abilities, political views and career aspirations.

If you require accommodations to assist with any part of the application, please visit the Disability Services website, or contact the office by email at