Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioinformatics

Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioinformatics

The explosion of biological information has created a critical demand for professionals who can turn this data into useful knowledge. The Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics at Morgan State University is designed to train such professionals with an educational background that blends biology with computer science. This program provides students with a strong foundation in computer programming, biostatistics, computer visualization, biostatistics, computational biology, computational mathematics, and database management. Graduates are well-prepared for academia and careers in the biotechnology, bioinformatics, pharmaceutical, and drug design industries.

Morgan State University’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics curriculum offers coursework in computational biology methods, programming, and biostatistics. The Master’s in Bioinformatics program electives gives students the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in both life sciences and computer sciences. Upon completion of the bioinformatics master's degree, graduates will have a solid, experience-based foundation to gain a competitive edge in this high-demand, high-reward field.

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Course Requirements:
Completion of the Program requires a total of 10 courses equaling 30 credit hours. We recently redesigned 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)
  • Current Topics in Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)
  • Thesis Seminar in Bioinformatics (3 credit hours)

The full list of courses with descriptions is available here.


Please do not hesitate to contact the interim program coordinator, Dr. Monir Sharker ( if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you! 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)
  • Personal Statement.
  • 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.