The master of science degree in bioinformatics provides students with a strong foundation in biotechnology, computer programming, computational mathematics, statistics, and database management. Graduates are well-prepared for academia and careers in the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical, and vaccine industries.
Based on consultation with individuals within the industry nationwide, the job market is rich with opportunities for those who obtain a graduate degree in bioinformatics, particularly when coupled with research as thesis work. This research provides exposure to real-world problems—and their solutions—not otherwise attainable in an academic setting.
The program provides students with the capability to enter the bioinformatics workforce and become leaders in the field. The curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. Individuals entering the program typically have degrees in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, statistics, computer science, information technology, or a related field. The program accommodates this diversity by providing a comprehensive bridge program for students who need to supplement their education before entering the program. The program offers two tracks, one for students with backgrounds in the life sciences and one for those with backgrounds in the computational sciences. Regardless of the track pursued, students are prepared to become professional bioinformaticists upon graduation.
The program is offered on a full- or part-time basis to fulfill the needs of traditional students and those currently employed in the field.
A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required to complete the program. A number of graduate electives are offered for students to pursue areas of personal or professional interest. In addition, every student is required to complete a research project that addresses a relevant and timely topic in bioinformatics, culminating in a thesis. Graduate electives may be chosen from relevant RIT graduate courses.
Dr. Feng Cui, Ph.D.
|Program Available Online?||No|
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Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|BIOL-630||Graduate Bioinformatics Algorithms||3|
|BIOL-625||Graduate Ethics in Bioinformatics||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|BIOL-671||Database Management for the Sciences|
|BIOL-700||Cell and Molecular Genetics|
|BIOL-670||Graduate Statistical Analysis for Bioinformatics||3|
|BIOL-694||Graduate Molecular Modeling and Proteomics||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||30|
* Any graduate level course deemed related to the field of bioinformatics by the program director.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in bioinformatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
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