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Data Science (Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Concentration), M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Online
The online Master of Science in Data Science concentration in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Lewis University is tailored for students so they are able to better understand computational biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology research, and life science data mining. 

About

This program is unlike any other in the nation and features a large focus on Biology. The research intensive graduate program is designed and taught by Lewis’s Department of Biology.**

Once you have completed the online Master of Science in Data Science in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics concentration, you will be prepared to:

  • Explain how data science techniques can be used to solve problems related to the bioinformatics using data pulled from a variety of cutting edge sources
  • Develop solutions for data management projects that help answer problems related to biology applications
  • Write and present an original scholarly thesis that leverages the work of other researchers to address a current issue in the data science field

Through their specialized coursework, students will use predictive analysis and data mining to interpret data sets and help physicians and researchers. This will ultimately help them make better decisions regarding public health policy, including disease modeling. Students will be required to perform research for the degree and present their findings in the form of a master’s thesis.

Is a Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program Right for Me?

Lewis University’s Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Concentration is a challenging interdisciplinary program that combines data mining, data visualization, predictive analysis, and data management. Students will do cutting edge research with data management to help prepare them for their future career in data analysis.

Graduates will work alongside faculty, which includes scientists and medical professionals, to help them conduct important research. Alternatively, those currently working in the life sciences will find that obtaining a graduate degree in Data Science provides them with the technical ability to skillfully manage, manipulate, and utilize large quantities of data in the course of their normal work.

If you are interested in participating in state-of-the-art research in epidemiology, pharmaceutical development, or genomics, then the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program is the perfect choice.

The Truth is in the Numbers

Lewis University's online M.S. in Data Science in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics concentration is the only program of its kind to focus on biology in the United States. The program will ensure that you gain the skills to efficiently solve the problems in the life sciences that require processing and analyzing of large quantities of data. If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding career with a government organization, research facility, or public health department, earning your degree in Computational Biology will be of great benefit during your job search.

Earning your advanced degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics concentration will give you a leg up over all others seeking careers in data science.

Accreditation

Lewis University is a regionally accredited, non-profit university located near Chicago that offers online degree programs in addition to its traditional, campus-based programs.

Since 1932, Lewis has been guided by its Catholic and Lasallian heritage. We provide students with customizable, market relevant and practical degree programs that are immediately applicable to their careers.

Lewis has nearly 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Many are from the Chicago region while international students represent almost 30 different countries. Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 25 graduate programs and accelerated programs for working adults.

Lewis is Highly Ranked

  • Named one of the “Best Midwestern Universities” by U.S. News & World Report for ten consecutive years
  • Ranked a top university by The Princeton Review and GI Jobs
  • Recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency
  • FBINAA Gold Academic Alliance Member

Lewis Supports Students

With small class sizes, you get more individualized attention from a faculty who are experts in their fields and bring real-world experience to the classroom. Plus, as an online student, you are assigned a personal Student Services Coordinator who will guide you through your entire academic career at Lewis University.

Programme Structure

Core courses

  • Concepts of Statistics 1 
  • Concepts of Statistics 2 
  • Introduction to Data Mining and Analytics 
  • Statistical Programming 
  • Data Visualization 
  • Large-Scale Data Storage Systems 
  • Machine Learning 
Concentration courses

  • Introduction to Computational Biology 
  • Data Systems in the Life Sciences 
  • Research in Biotechnology 
  • Data Science Project for Life Scientists 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All candidates for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree in aviation from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or in a major in a related field. Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated area but have work experience in aviation and/or transportation industries may also apply. The applicant’s overall undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. In special cases, the GPA may be calculated on the most recent 60 semester hours of coursework. Additionally, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application (along with a nonrefundable application fee).
  • Academic transcripts from each institution attended.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    800 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 800 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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