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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

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

  • COVID-19 Vaccine: Mechanism, Efficacy, and Safety
    COVID-19 Vaccine: Mechanism, Efficacy, and Safety

    April 09, 2021

    USciences faculty experts are breaking down the COVID-19 vaccine, sharing more behind the science of mRNA, mechanism, efficacy and safety.

  • Professor Receives WW Smith Charitable Fund Award for the Second Time
    Professor Receives WW Smith Charitable Fund Award for the Second Time

    January 12, 2021

    Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Zhihong Wang, PhD, has been awarded over $122,000 from the WW Smith Charitable Trust to fund her project entitled "Development of Novel Allosteric Inhibitors Targeting the MAPK Signaling Pathway in Lung Cancer".

  • Misher Students Find Safety and Success in Labs
    Misher Students Find Safety and Success in Labs

    October 07, 2020

    To allow students to continue these hands-on experiences, USciences faculty got creative to schedule coursework that would ensure that the experience in Chemistry and Biology laboratories for the fall 2020 semester would be rich while still maintaining COVID-19 safety guidelines.

  • Alumni Share What They Wish They Knew When Starting Their Careers
    Alumni Share What They Wish They Knew When Starting Their Careers

    September 25, 2020

    Young alumni from Misher College of Arts and Sciences shared their advice on transitioning to careers and life after graduation with students from the college during a virtual event hosted by the Young Professional Organization and the Office of Alumni Relations on September 2.

  • USciences Honors Elisabetta Fasella with Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
    USciences Honors Elisabetta Fasella with Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

    June 01, 2020

    At the 199th Commencement Ceremony, Elisabetta Fasella, PhD was honored with the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award is made possible through a gift from Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback, and is given to a faculty member who is chosen by students for their excellence.

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Contact:

Zhijun Li, PhD
Program Director

Office Location:

McNeil Science and Technology Center, Room 219

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7539

Email:

z.li@usciences.edu