Bioinformatics, MS

Our bioinformatics non thesis masters program features a comprehensive core curriculum and cross-disciplinary training in data collection and analysis, preparing you for a future at the intersection of computer science and biology. USciences graduates enjoy careers as information technologists in science-driven environments and as specialists in database design, bioinformatics, or chemical and medical informatics. Graduates are employed by:

  • NIH
  • USDA
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Merck Research Laboratories
  • AstraZeneca
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Amgen

Courses cost $1,000 per credit. This non thesis masters program requires 34 credits to complete, and can be completed in about two years. Part-time students may take up to five years to complete the program. No GRE is needed to apply.

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. As the first Bioinformatics program in the Philadelphia area, and one of the first in the country, our core curriculum covers all of the major topics in bioinformatics, including molecular evolution, phylogenetics, statistics, data mining techniques, and microarray and high-throughput sequencing technology.
  2. Flexible scheduling means convenience for working professional, with most classes held in the evening.
  3. Dive deep into your areas of interest with elective courses in virology, immunology, pharmacogenomics, computer-aided drug design, and other fields, with classroom study reinforced by laboratory and special project work.
  4. Enjoy individual faculty attention and collaboration with peers from other departments and disciplines.
  5. Gain valuable experience with hands-on research opportunities.
  6. Classroom study, laboratory work, and special projects correspond to enhance foundational knowledge.

Program Director’s Message

  • USciences Graduate Finds Success and Satisfaction at GlaxoSmithKline

    April 17, 2019

    Michael Donohue BioC'18, associate scientist at GlaxoSmithKline, within the Biopharmaceutical Product Sciences (BPS) department, is helping create new pharmaceutical products and delivery systems, a job he credits to his experience at USciences.

  • Graduate Fellows Honored for Academic and Research Achievements

    April 10, 2019

    Graduate students and their advisors celebrated the students' academic and research achievements at the annual Graduate Fellows Reception on March 14, 2019, in Wilson Hall.

  • USciences Celebrates Its 198-Year History at Founders' Day

    February 18, 2019

    With pomp and circumstance, USciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends marked 198 years since the University was established at a special Founders' Day ceremony on Feb. 14, 2019.

  • Sigmapharm Internship Gives Students Exposure to Industry

    January 30, 2019

    Five USciences undergraduate students in the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology/toxicology programs learned about different career opportunities and applied their learning from the classroom and labs to the real world during a four-week summer internship experience at Sigmapharm Laboratories in Bensalem, Pa.

  • Matching Funds Double #GivingTuesdayUSciences Impact

    November 15, 2017

    Tuesday, Nov. 28 is a day for giving back. Give Online and participate in #GivingTuesdayUSciences this holiday season. Each gift is being matched thanks to the generosity of a USciences alumna.

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Zhijun Li, PhD
Program Director

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McNeil Science and Technology Center, Room 219


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