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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

  • Bioinformatics Alumna Says USciences 'Perfectly Positioned' Her for Success
    Bioinformatics Alumna Says USciences 'Perfectly Positioned' Her for Success

    May 12, 2020

    Cindy Winter, MS'15, a bioinformatician at the National Cancer Institute, credits USciences Bioinformatics graduate program for helping her become a subject matter expert in Molecular Biology in a software engineering group.

  • Biochemistry PhD Alum Offers Advice to Prospective Students
    Biochemistry PhD Alum Offers Advice to Prospective Students

    April 03, 2020

    Nicolas Cope PhD'20 (biochemistry) credits USciences graduate programs for helping to advance his career and for giving him experience in the field even before graduation.

  • Nicholas Cope PhD'20 Earns Founders' Day Award of Merit
    Nicholas Cope PhD'20 Earns Founders' Day Award of Merit

    March 09, 2020

    An outstanding graduate researcher whose work to research cancer led to numerous publications, Nicolas Cope PhD'20 (biochemistry) was presented the 2020 Graduate Student Award of Merit during University of the Sciences' 199th Founders' Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

  • USciences Celebrates 199th Founders' Day
    USciences Celebrates 199th Founders' Day

    February 18, 2020

    Honoring the founding of USciences 199 years ago, the University honored its rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare, science, and education at Founders' Day on February 13, 2020. The event also launched the University's Bicentennial celebration which will span through 2021.

  • USciences was the Catalyst for This Chemistry Major's Career
    USciences was the Catalyst for This Chemistry Major's Career

    December 16, 2019

    Tori Lugiano BS'19 seemed destined for a career in chemistry. For Christmas one year when she was little, she got a chemistry set from her mother, who would go on to buy CSI-type forensic science toy sets that Lugiano would spend hours doing at home. For Lugiano, the choice of a career always couched in the context of how it could benefit others.

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Zhijun Li, PhD
Program Director

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