M.Sc. On Campus

Mathematical, Computational, and Systems Biology

12 months
33138 USD/year
33138 USD/year
18036 USD/year
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The goal of the Mathematical, Computational, and Systems Biology program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is to provide students from a variety of educational backgrounds with Ph.D. training suitable for research careers in the nascent field of Systems Biology. The program emphasizes in-depth classroom study, interdisciplinary research rotations, and individualized advising.



A hallmark of the Mathematical, Computational, and Systems Biology program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has been the strength of its student financial support. The MCSB Program is supported by funding from UCI’s Graduate Division and an NIH Training Grant. Training grant funds are provided by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

During the first year of Ph.D. study, the MCSB program provides complete financial support to admitted students, which includes an annual stipend, as well as full tuition and fee remission, including health benefits. Since the fall of 2007 when the program admitted its first class of students, every student successfully completing the Gateway year has also been fully supported by the UCI Departments and faculty where they have chosen to continue their Ph.D. research.

Currently, the program begins with an initial "gateway" year, during which students receive basic training in principles of biology, as well as in mathematics, engineering and computer science.   Students also participate in research rotations, workshops, and directed reading of the Systems Biology literature. Upon successful completion of the first year, students select a thesis advisor from among the participating faculty, who represent departments throughout the biological, physical and information sciences and engineering. Students also have the option to pursue their degree directly from the MCSB program by electing the MS/Ph.D. option.  Students who choose the "Department Option" fulfill the remainder of their degree requirements according to the guidelines of the departmental programs to which their thesis advisors belong, at the same time continuing to participate in workshops, retreats, journal clubs and other activities of the MCSB program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Physics
  • Mathematical and Computational Biology
  • Critical Thinking in Systems Biology
  • Systems Biology Journal Club
  • Systems Cell Biology 
  • Systems Developmental Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee ($120 for U.S. Citizens and lawful U.S. Permanent Residents, and $140 for all other applicants)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33138 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33138 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33138 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18036 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18036 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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