Masters in Medical Sciences Concentrations

Master's in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

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 Professional Science Master’s Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (Bioinformatics Program) was initiated at USF in 2001. This 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 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. This broad theoretical background is further enhanced by the practical training, directed research, and internships. The rigorous Program allows students to demonstrate their full academic ability for future graduate programs or employment opportunities. As a result, graduates of the Bioinformatics Program at USF are finding themselves in industrial settings or continue their education pursuing PhD programs, dental schools, medical schools, pharmacy schools, veterinary schools or other professional programs. For students seeking a bioinformatics degree in Florida, the USF Master’s Program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology will be the perfect fit.

Our program is actively recruiting motivated domestic and international students interested in gaining a broad theoretical background and building essential research and communication skills. With its plentiful on-campus courses, our curriculum is friendly not only to the domestic students, but also to the students studying with international visas. Interested students are encouraged to contact the program Director, Prof. Vladimir N. Uversky, via e-mail:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Fall Semester 

  • GMS 6066 - Principles of Molecular Medicine Sec I & II (4)
  • BCH 6886 - Fundamentals of Structural Bioinformatics (4)
  • BSC 6932 - Computational Biology (3)
  • PHC 6050 - Biostatistics I (3)

Spring Semester 

  • GMS 7930 - Applied Bioinformatics (3)
  • GMS 7930 - Python Programming for Bioinformatics (3)
  • PHC 6051 - Biostatistics II (3)
  • BCH 6746 - Structural Biology (3)

Summer Semester 

  • BCH 6942 - Bioinformatics Internship (4-6)
  • BSC 6437 - Biotechnology and Bioethics (3)
  • Elective 

Contact Us

Admissions and general information, please contact:

Program Director/Advisor:
Dr. Vladimir Uversky


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  • 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

    Application Steps

    Step 1:

    Complete and submit a USF Graduate School Application.

    Step 2:

    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 Florida
    Office of Admissions - Graduate
    4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036

    Tampa, 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.

    1. A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation from a NACES accredited evaluation service.
    2. 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)
    3. 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.

    Immigration & Financial Documentation

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall - June 1

    Spring - October 15*

    Summer - February 15

    *International students should apply by September 15, if possible.