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 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

    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.

  • USciences, West Pharma Mark 20 Years of Innovative Research at The West Center

    December 13, 2019

    University of the Sciences (USciences) and West Pharmaceutical Services (West) celebrated 20 years since the establishment of the West Center for Computational Chemistry and Drug Design during a celebration on USciences' campus on December 12, 2019.

  • Biochemistry Lab Studies RNA to Help Further Drug Development

    December 13, 2019

    Knowing it would give him an advantage, Gregory Boymel BC'23 decided to use the summer before starting at USciences to get hands-on experience in a lab. As a biochemistry major, he thought working alongside Nathan Baird PhD, interim chair and associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry would be a perfect fit.

  • Biochemistry Lab Positively Reacts to Passionate High School Intern

    October 11, 2019

    When nearing summer break, most high school sophomores are looking forward to taking time off from classwork and studying, but Emily Shang isn't like most of her peers. Instead of taking a couple months off, she searched the biographies of local professors with interesting lab work before landing on Zhihong Wang PhD, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

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Zhijun Li, PhD
Program Director

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