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Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Analyze the big data of bioinformatics research

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations are increasingly viewing bioinformatics as an integral part of their research processes. As biomedical industries seek to make use of vast amounts of genomic data and produce more complex and accurate biological models, they are relying more and more on bioinformatics’ mathematical, statistical and computational methods.

As a student in the Brandeis GPS Bioinformatics program, you'll learn alongside working professionals looking to advance their careers along with their educational goals. The program will equip you to:

  • Process, store, analyze and model large volumes of biological data from multiple sources.
  • Independently provide insights into complex biological systems through data synthesis and application of a wide range of computational biology approaches.
  • Effectively communicate and present bioinformatics analyses to multidisciplinary project teams.

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The 30-credit part-time, online program has six required courses and four electives.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to the general admissions requirements, those applying to the Bioinformatics program should have completed undergraduate-level coursework in:

  • Molecular Biology AND
  • Organic Chemistry AND
  • Introduction to Programming in Java, C++, C, or Python AND
  • Statistics
If you are interested in pursuing this program and do not meet the prerequisites above, please speak with an enrollment advisor about your options.


Part-time, fully online, financially accessible

The 30-credit Bioinformatics program has six required courses and four electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Sample Spring 2021 curriculum

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Bioinformatics Scripting and Databases with Python
  • Molecular Biology, Genetics and Disease
  • Biological Sequence Analysis
  • Biomedical Statistics with R
  • Mathematical Modeling for Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Profiling and Biomarker Discovery

Sample electives

  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Statistical Genetics
  • Computational Systems Biology
  • Cheminformatics

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The bioinformatics industry

Gain insights into the field

Professionals specializing in bioinformatics excel in applying information technology and complex computational approaches to the particular problems of contemporary biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations. Individuals who productively unite these fields offer biomedical organizations invaluable resources and promise to lead innovation in these industries.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • Partners Healthcare
  • AstraZeneca
  • Novartis
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Biogen Idec
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • ImmunoGen, Inc.

Bioinformatics students often hold job titles such as:

  • Managed Care Analyst
  • Business Data Analyst
  • Staff Scientist
  • Director of Infrastructure Software
  • Teacher
  • Research Associate
  • Research Computing Specialist
  • Senior Systems Specialist
  • Consultant
  • Senior Signal Processing Engineer
  • Phlebotomist
  • Biological Science Technician
  • Lab service technician
  • Research Associate
  • Senior Scientist

Our students

Student testimonials

 I have become a more well-rounded bioinformatician with exposure to other areas of the field. I learned to challenge myself to produce better code and present and communicate more effectively.”
— Kristina, MS in Bioinformatics Graduate, 2018


Meet our featured faculty

Our Bioinformatics faculty understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re spearheading genetics research at leading pharmaceuticals or designing biological models, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our Bioinformatics faculty:

  • Karol Estrada, PhD, is the Director of Statistical Genetics at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals. His goals are focused on using human genetics for drug target identification and validation. He is an internally recognized researcher in the field of human genetics with over 60 publications in high impact factor journals. Before joining Biomarin, he held roles with increasing levels of responsibility at Biogen. He served on several international consortia focused on the design and conduct of large genetics studies for a range of human traits and diseases. He received a PhD from the University of Erasmus in the Netherlands. 
  • Janet Paulsen, PhD, is an application scientist with Schrodinger in the San Francisco bay area working to facilitate computation chemistry approaches in drug discovery. Prior to joining Schrodinger, she worked as a post-doc at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Harvard Medical School with a special interest in using computational structural biology methods to combat infectious diseases. Janet received a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Connecticut, a MS in post secondary, adult and continuing education from Portland State University and undergraduate degree from Washington State University.
  • Richard Allen PhD, is a Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. At Pfizer, he works to apply mathematical and quantitative techniques to address critical uncertainties in the drug discovery and development process. His research interests include: systems modeling of physiology, generation and application of virtual patients and populations, and reduction of mechanistic models. Prior to joining Pfizer, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Noth Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received his PhD from University of College London and an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham, UK.

Visit the Rabb School faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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