Bioinformatics M.S. Requirements
The M.S. in Bioinformatics is a two-year professional program that emphasizes computation and informatics but also integrates knowledge from biology, mathematics, and related areas. It prepares students to pursue a bioinformatics career or admission to a Ph.D. program.
Our M.S. students are expected—but not required—to have at least introductory knowledge of both informatics and biology, including:
- Approximately 6 credit hours of undergraduate course work in biology, covering molecular biology, genetics, and evolution
- Approximately 6 credit hours of undergraduate course work in computer science or informatics, covering programming, discrete structures, and data structures
If you haven't completed these prerequisites, you will be required to take one or two appropriate 500-level background classes suggested by the program directorate.
Students are required to complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work, including the following courses:
- INFO I519 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
- INFO I529 Machine Learning in Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
Other courses can be selected from a wide range of bioinformatics-related course offerings in computer science, informatics, biology, statistics, mathematics, or chemistry. Students will be advised on their individual study plans by program directorate.
Students must also complete a yearlong, 6 credit hour capstone research project in their second year, including an oral presentation to the public and submission of a written report. These projects are typically supervised by one of the core bioinformatics faculty members, but we encourage students to work with a supervisor in a related discipline- such as biology, computer science, chemistry, or medical sciences- and choose a co-supervisor among the bioinformatics core faculty.
All other courses can be selected from topics and seminars in bioinformatics and courses in related disciplines.
IU-SNU Dual Degree
IU Bloomington and Seoul National University are currently developing a dual degree. Students would need to meet all of the requirements for both universities.