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.

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program uses a holistic approach to applicant evaluations.  Holistic review considers a broad range of candidate characteristics which can contribute to successful completion of a graduate degree program, including: research experience, academic performance, personal character, motivation, leadership, community service, communication skills and demographics.  The Bioinformatics Program no longer requires GRE scores and will not use scores during application evaluations in either program.


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


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.