Master’s of Science (MS)

Prospective students who have completed a bachelor’s degree may apply for direct admission to the Master of Science (MS) program. Students may enroll in the MS Program as full- or part-time, and the degree requires a total of 32 credits.

MS in Bioinformatics

In order to receive a master’s degree, students must demonstrate mastery of the core subject matter.  Requirements include the satisfactory completion of the core coursework with no lower than a “B” in each course and an internship where students demonstrate a working knowledge of computational methods available to the modern bioinformatician.  Upon completion of the internship, each student is required to submit a written and oral report on the internship experience.

MS in Bioinformatics with a focus on Translational Medicine

This program trains physician-scientists who seek to be leaders in applying the development of post-genomic technologies to clinical research and the practice of medicine. For details, click here.


Prospective students who have completed a bachelor’s degree may apply for direct admission to the post-bachelor’s PhD program. The post-bachelor’s PhD is a full-time program and requires a total of 64 credits, consisting of lecture/laboratory courses, seminar courses, and research credits. While there is a set of required core courses, the precise course of study will be determined in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, and will reflect the student’s background and interests.

Prospective students who have completed a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in disciplines related to the field — biological science, computer science, physical science, mathematics, or engineering — may apply for direct admission to the post-master’s PhD program. The post-master’s PhD is a full-time program and requires 32 credits, consisting of satisfactory fulfillment of the core course requirements with a minimum of four lecture/laboratory courses, as recommended by the student’s two academic advisors. Admission requirements for the PhD candidacy are the same as for the post-bachelor’s PhD.

PhD in the BU-NIH Graduate Partnership Program (GPP)

Predoctoral applicants may request consideration for admission to the BU-NIH Graduate Partnership Program.  The GPP is a special full-time PhD program between the BU Bioinformatics Program and the laboratories of the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If admitted to the GPP, a student will complete his or her academic requirements for the PhD at Boston University, then select a research director at the NIH and complete the thesis research in Bethesda, MD. The purpose of these fellowships is to stimulate collaboration between BU scientists and NIH intramural investigators, and to provide Bioinformatics students with the opportunity to engage in research in computational laboratories on the NIH campus. NIH is considered to be the premiere biomedical research establishment in the world. Applicants selected as candidates for this program will be invited to interview at both NIH and Boston University.