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Bioinformatics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
The emphasis of the MS in Bioinformatics program at Boston University is preparation for mid-level industrial positions in bioinformatics, and the MS degree constitutes a “Pre-professional MS.” In order to be admitted, students need at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to bioinformatics

Overview

Typically students enrolling in the Bioinformatics program at Boston University have strength in either the computational area or in biochemistry/molecular biology, but not both.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with an MS in Bioinformatics are expected to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the core concepts of Bioinformatics, including computational biology, database design and implementation, and probability and statistics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply skills in a professional environment via an industrial or academic internship in Bioinformatics.
  • Be able to effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral form.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Molecular Biology 
  • Computational Biology: Genomes, Networks, Evolution 
  • Biological Database Systems
  • Physical Chemistry for Systems Biology
  • Bioinformatics Graduate Seminar 
  • Bioinformatics Internship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    84

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

National:

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV

International:

  • Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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