Bioinformatics MS

About the MS in Bioinformatics at Loyola

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 fields. The Master of Science (MS) in Bioinformatics program offered through Loyola's Graduate School will prepare you to become a visionary leader.

As a student in the program, you'll gain a solid foundation in biological, computational, chemical, and statistical concepts and theory. You will also gain the essential hands-on and research skills necessary to move bioinformatics study and practice ahead in ways that will benefit the broad spectrum of business and industry.

Program Structure

The MS in Bioinformatics can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held at the Lake Shore Campus, located on Chicago's North Side, right along Lake Michigan, in a diverse and dynamic residential area.

The MS in Bioinformatics is a 30-credit-hour program that includes a required core curriculum (17 credit hours) as well as a non-thesis track and a thesis track (13 credit hours) from which you choose.

To apply for the program, you must have completed coursework or the equivalent in genetics, biostatistics, biochemistry, and data structures/algorithms.

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.

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Why Choose Loyola for the MS in Bioinformatics?

An innovative field meeting the most current and pressing needs

The bioinformatics profession is at the forefront of technology, computing, and the life sciences and will position you for a fulfilling career addressing business and industry's most current and pressing needs.

You have the option of enrolling in Loyola's dual-track program. This allows you to earn both the BS and the MS in Bioinformatics in just five years instead of the six years it would traditionally take to earn them separately.

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

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

Our location along Lake Michigan in the heart of Chicago offers you an array of academic, internship, and professional opportunities at research institutions, hospitals, biotech companies, government agencies, and labs, among others.

Loyola University Chicago's Graduate School is widely recognized for academic excellence and degree programs that command respect from employers spanning the broad spectrum of business and industry.

Bioinformatics Department

The Department of Bioinformatics houses an exciting field that combines the latest advances in genetics and biochemistry with the powerful tools of computer science and statistical analysis. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Bioinformatics MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

The program's faculty is composed of highly accomplished academicians, researchers, scholars, and practitioners representing the fields of biology, genetics, biostatistics, statistical ecology, cancer biology, evolutionary genetics, developmental biology, biophysics, and computational chemistry, among many others.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Bioinformatics MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

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

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

ProgramCredit HoursCost Per Credit HourEstimated Tuition and Fees
Bioinformatics MS Thesis Track30$1,165.00$34950.00
Bioinformatics MS Non-Thesis Track30$1,165.00$34950.00

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Information about funding opportunities within The Graduate School can be found on The Graduate School website.

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Application Process

This program has multiple versions you can apply to. Find specific information about the application process for each program below.

Bioinformatics MS Thesis Track

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Bioinformatics MS Thesis Track are listed below:

Fall
Students who wish be considered for a university stipend and tuition scholarship: February 1
All other applicants: March 15

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Bioinformatics MS Thesis Track include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

The following prerequisites provide students with the background for more advanced courses:

  • Genetics

  • Biochemistry

  • Tier 1 and 2 Computer Science

  • Introduction to Biostatistics

While some applicants have this prior prerequisite coursework, most don't, particularly students coming from other majors and backgrounds. Strong applicants are expected to fulfill at least 2 of these prerequisites before applying. This prerequisite coursework can be fulfilled either here at Loyola or elsewhere.

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 faculty research labs of interest.

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Bioinformatics MS Non-Thesis Track are listed below:

Fall
Students who wish be considered for a university stipend and tuition scholarship: February 1
All other applicants: March 15

Spring: October 15

Please note that applications are not reviewed until the deadline passes.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Bioinformatics MS Non-Thesis Track include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

The following prerequisites provide students with the background for more advanced courses:

  • Genetics

  • Biochemistry

  • Tier 1 and 2 Computer Science

  • Introduction to Biostatistics

While some applicants have this prior prerequisite coursework, most don't, particularly students coming from other majors and backgrounds. Strong applicants are expected to fulfill at least 2 of these prerequisites before applying. This prerequisite coursework can be fulfilled either here at Loyola or elsewhere.

Statement of Purpose Details

Please write a brief (500-1000 word) statement of purpose describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Official documents should be sent by the institution to gradapp@luc.edu.

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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