Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program

Bioinformatics MS

About the Bioinformatics MS Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree at Loyola

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s programs allow full-time students to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just five years. Learn more about the Bioinformatics MS Master's degree and eligible undergraduate Bachelor's degrees below.

Bioinformatics MS Graduate Program

In today's dynamic, interconnected, and rapidly-evolving global economy, the intersection of technology and the life sciences is becoming more prevalent and being relied upon for answers to emerging challenges in a wide range of field. This program will prepare you to become a visionary leader. This program offers two tracks:

The thesis track offers you powerful preparation in the research aspects of bioinformatics, with a two-day workshop covering Responsible Conduce in Research and Scholarship as well as other research-based courses.

The non-thesis track provides a more practice-based experience, with four bioinformatics elective courses and an engaging internship experience where you'll apply the knowledge and skills you gain in a real-world setting.

Eligible Undergraduate Programs

  • Bioinformatics BS
  • Biology BS
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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

Loyola’s extensive course catalog will always house the latest Bioinformatics MS Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program course information, including degree requirements, course descriptions, prerequisite requirements, available concentrations, and more.

Additionally, this resource will provide learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Step By Step: Chart Your Accelerated Degree Path

  1. Explore options in undergraduate years one and two. Connect with your academic and career advisors and chart a two-year schedule to establish the best path toward your degrees.

  2. Apply in undergraduate year three. Students applying to an Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program will experience a slightly different application process. Please review the application requirements below for process information and required supporting materials. Loyola students do not need to submit official transcripts. Start your application here.

  3. Begin graduate course work. In undergraduate year four, you will take both undergraduate and graduate courses and complete your bachelor's degree.

  4. Complete your graduate course work in year five. Graduate with your master's degree.

Please note that transfer students may have a slightly different timeline. Transfer students who are juniors may apply at the end of their second semester.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Bioinformatics BS/Bioinformatics MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Undergraduate students should apply by March 15 during the Spring semester of junior year.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Bioinformatics BS/Bioinformatics MS include:

  • 3.3 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (For those students applying for the Thesis Track, one of the letters of recommendation must be from their intended Research Director)

Please note that a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required in 5 courses that count towards your major (Biology or Bioinformatics), 3 of which should be at the 300 level. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed BIOL 388 prior to applying.

Course Requirements

Please view the Bioinformatics BS/Bioinformatics MS Academic Catalog page for important curriculum information, including recommended course sequencing.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write brief (500-1000 word) statement of purpose describing your academic interests and your professional goals. You should also include your faculty research lab of interest if applying to the Thesis Track.

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Biology BS/Bioinformatics MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Undergraduate students should apply by March 15 during the Spring semester of junior year.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Biology BS/Bioinformatics MS include:

  • 3.3 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (For those students applying for the Thesis Track, one of the letters of recommendation must be from their intended Research Director)

Please note that a minimum 3.5 GPA is required in at least 5 courses of your major, 3 of which must be at the 300-level. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed Bioinformatics (BIOL 388) prior to applying.

Course Requirements

Please view the Biology BS/Bioinformatics MS Academic Catalog page for important curriculum information, including recommended course sequencing.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write brief (500-1000 word) statement of purpose describing your academic interests and your professional goals. You should also include your faculty research lab of interest if applying to the Thesis Track.

Start Your Application

Applying online to the accelerated program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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