Master's Program In Bioinformatics


Program Information

Bioinformatics is a discipline that combines the knowledge and applications of biology with the tools and techniques of computer science. The Master’s Program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology is designed to provide students with a high-quality training and education that prepares them for careers in science, industry and health care. The program’s curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background, practical training and, with the completion of the required internship, the “real-life” experience to pursue these goals. The Bioinformatics Program has been developed to provide a novel interdisciplinary and concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in either industrial applications or future doctoral or professional programs. The program integrates several disciplines, including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, epidemiology, biostatistics, and biomedical engineering to provide a solid educational foundation. The rigorous Program allows students to demonstrate their full academic ability for future graduate programs or employment opportunities. The required and elective Program courses integrate modern teaching methods with extensive student participation, and are designed to improve the students’ oral presentation and writing skills, which are critical to their future professional development. For students seeking a bioinformatics degree in Florida, the USF Master’s Program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology will be the perfect fit.


Fall Semester (13 credits)

  • GMS 7930 Basic Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II, (4 credits)
  • PHC 6050 Biostatistics I, (3 credits)
  • GMS 7930 Applied Bioinformatics, (3 credits)
  • Elective, (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • BCH 6886 Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics, (4 credits)
  • BCH 6746 Structural Biology, (3 credits)
  • GMS 7930 Python for Bioinformatics, (3 credits)
  • Elective, (3 credits)
Summer Semester (11 credits)
  • PHC 6051 Biostatistics II, (3 credits)
  • BCH 6942 Bioinformatics Internship, (4-6 credits)
  • BSC 6437 Biotechnology and Bioethics, (3 credits)

Admission Requirements / Applying

The USF Bioinformatics Master's Program is administrated by the Molecular Medicine department in the Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida and will be available for full-time and parttime enrollment, for admission in fall, spring or summer. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:


  • Prior training in biochemistry, genetics, or molecular biology
  • Minimum GRE test score of 297 on the new scale, or MCAT 500 pt.
  • Domestic Students: A Bachelor's degree with minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • International Students: A Course-by-Course evaluated transcript from a NACES member with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • International Students: Minimum TOEFL score of 79 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5
Step 1:

Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application Click here!

  • Application Fee $30
  • GRE School Code: 5828

Step 2:

What we will need from you:

  • Official GRE/MCAT Scores
  • Complete transcripts of undergraduate work and any previous graduate work
  • Statement of purpose, indicating how the program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
  • Typed Secondary Application
  • Letters of recommendation (not required, optional)

A detailed description of the required supporting documents can be found here:

Please note that the Science GPA calculator is not a requirement for Bioinformatics applicants.
Official transcripts should be sent to the following address: 

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions - Graduate
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620-6900

International Student Requirements

Foreign applicants who reside outside the U.S. are required to meet the international application deadline for admission and apply for a visa. An applicant who already resides in the U.S. on a visa may use the application deadline for domestic students.
University of South Florida 
Office of Admissions - Graduate
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036 
Tampa, FL 33620-6900

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students: June 1
International Students: June 1

Domestic Students: October 15
International Students: September 15

Domestic Students: March 1
International Students: February 15

Admissions and general information, please contact:

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. Vladimir Uversky