Bioinformatics Ph.D. Requirements

The bioinformatics track of the Ph.D. in Informatics prepares students to become top academic researchers and accomplished bioinformatics professionals, in part through research collaborations with scientists at Indiana University, other institutions and research centers, and businesses.

Download the current Ph.D. in Informatics handbook (PDF). For more information, we also recommend consulting the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Bulletin 2018-2019 (use the tabs on the left) and the University Graduate School Academic Bulletin 2017-2018 (use the tabs at the top and at the left) for more detailed information about these requirements.

Our faculty are also happy to supervise students pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science who want to conduct research in bioinformatics.


A student must successfully complete ninety (90) credit hours of graduate-level course work. The specific track requirements are listed below.


Informatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Bioinformatics Core Requirements (6 cr.)

Seminar Requirement (6 cr.)

Research Rotation Requirement (6 cr.)

A student must complete two rotations of I790. A third rotation will not count for course credit.

Theory and Methodology Requirement (12 cr.)

These courses must be appropriate for a Ph.D. in Informatics.

Minor (6-15 cr.)

A student must complete an internal or external minor approved by the University Graduate School and the School. If a student selects an individualized minor, prior to taking courses, the University Graduate School must approve the proposed minor course list. There is no typical minor; however, students in the Bioinformatics track often pursue a minor in Biology, Computer Science, or Statistics.

Electives (12-30 cr.)

A student must have all electives approved by the student's advisor and the Director of Informatics Graduate Studies prior to enrolling in the course.

Thesis Reading and Research (minimum of 21 cr. and a maximum of 30 cr.)