Master's in Bioinformatics
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.
- GMS 7930 - Basic Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II, (4)
- PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I, (3)
- GMS 7930 - Applied Bioinformatics, (3)
- Elective, (3)
- BCH 6886 - Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics, (4)
- BCH 6746 - Structural Biology, (3)
- GMS 7930 - Python for Bioinformatics, (3)
- Elective, (3)
- PHC 6051 - Biostatistics II, (3)
- BCH 6942 - Bioinformatics Internship, (4-6)
- BSC 6437 - Biotechnology and Bioethics, (3)
Admission Requirements / Applying
The USF Bioinformatics Master's Program is offered out of the Molecular Medicine department within the Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida and will be available for full-time and part-time 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
Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application.
- Submit an Application
- Application Fee $30
- GRE School Code: 5828
What we will need from you:
- Official GRE/MCAT Scores
- Complete transcripts of undergraduate work and any previous graduate work
- Two letters of recommendation
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of purpose, indicating how the program would suit the student's interests and serve his/her professional goals
- Typed Secondary Application
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 FloridaOffice of Admissions - Graduate4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036Tampa, FL 33620-6900
International Student Requirements
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also submit the documents listed below. Unofficial copies can be used for admissions review, but final admission will not be granted until official documents are received and processed by the Office of Admissions.
- A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation service.
- Accepted evaluation services include, but are not limited to:
- A copy of the original document that was evaluated and an English translation (if applicable) must be included with the evaluation.
- Proof of English language proficiency. Unless a student is from an English speaking country (list of countries available on the Office of Admissions website), proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (taken within 2 years of desired term of entry)
- PTE-A score of 53 or higher
- TOEFL score of:
- 79 (internet-based test)
- 213 (computer-based test)
- 550 (written test)
The requirement for proof of English language proficiency can be waived if:
- A student earns 153 or higher on GRE Verbal
- A student has earned a college degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning
Please review the Office of Admissions website for full details of specific requirements for international students.
FallDomestic Students: June 1
International Students: June 1
SpringDomestic Students: October 15
International Students: September 15
SummerDomestic Students: March 1
International Students: February 15