Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioinformatics
The explosive growth of information in the biological sciences has created a critical demand for professionals who can turn this data into useful knowledge. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioinformatics Degree Program at Morgan State University prepares such professionals with an interdisciplinary background blending biology and computer science. This Program provides students with a strong foundation in computer programming, biostatistics, computer visualization, computational biology, computational mathematics, and database management. Graduates are well prepared for careers in academia as well as the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical and drug design industries.
The M.S. in Bioinformatics curriculum offers coursework in computational biology methods, programming, and biostatistics. The Program's electives offer students the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in both the life sciences and computer sciences. Upon completion of the degree, graduates will have a solid, experience-based foundation to gain a competitive edge in this highly rewarding, high-demand field.
Completion of the Program requires a total of 12 courses equaling 36 credit hours. We are currently in the process of redesigning the Program to reduce the number of required credits to 30 and to place a greater emphasis on research. Our aim is to help students obtain the best training through this Program for their future careers in this exciting field. The required courses must be completed according to the following categories:
- 5 Bioinformatics Core Courses (15 credit hours)
- 3 Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics Courses (9 credit hours)
- 2 Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
- Research and Seminar (6 credit hours)
- Current Topics in Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
- Thesis Seminar in Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
The full list of courses with descriptions is available here.
We are currently redesigning the admission requirements to facilitate entry to the Program for enthusiastic and motivated students. Updates to the admission requirements for fall 2019 will be announced when available. The current admission requirements of the M.S. in Bioinformatics Program are as follows:
- Degree: a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, preferably in bioinformatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or science (biology, chemistry, physics).
- Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.0 or better to be considered for regular admission. Applicants with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission. Post-bachelor's undergraduate credits will not be used to enhance GPA.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): test scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Service to the Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies. Test scores may not be more than 5 years old prior to the date of application.
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Personal Academic Plan
- Personal Professional Plan
- Reasons for Selecting Morgan State University
- Submission: an application and all required documents must be submitted to the Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies.
- Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant.