Master’s Program

The Graduate Program in Bioinformatics offers the Master of Science [MS] degree, with a curriculum created to prepare students for the most cutting-edge industrial positions in the field.

The Program is flexible – students can enroll as full-time and finish the degree in as little as 12 months or enroll as part-time and take courses over a longer period of time.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

BU Bioinformatics Program Merit Scholarships

Tuition assistance is available in the form of MS Merit Scholarships, which provide partial tuition to full-time MS students.  These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a separate application. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens with an outstanding academic record, and who have demonstrated enthusiasm and knowledge in the field of Bioinformatics.

MS Program Requirements

The master’s degree requires a total of 32 credits. MS candidates must demonstrate mastery of the core subject matter (no lower than a “B” in core courses) to fulfill their degree requirements. Students must also demonstrate a working knowledge of computational methods available to the modern bioinformatician through the successful completion of a 400-hour internship project, followed by a written and oral report which will serve as a master’s thesis. Fulfillment of core course equivalents will be determined based on documented previous academic and/or work experience. If an alternate course has been accepted as a core equivalent, the academic advisor will recommend a courses to fulfill the requirements.

For further information on requirements please see our Frequently Asked Questions page

Internship Projects

MS students in the BU Bioinformatics Program have completed internships at more than 100 labs, hospitals, universities and biotech companies, including New England Biolabs, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Hospital Corporation of America, Novartis, Takeda, and Biogen.


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