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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

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++ or C AND
  • Statistics


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 2018 curriculum

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

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

Sample electives

  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • 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

By the numbers

The program is 69% male and 31% female.

98 students have graduated from the program since it launched in 2002.

36 students are currently working toward their Bioinformatics degree.

“As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me.”
— Scott Paddock, GPS Student


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:

  • Cliona Malony is a Principal Scientist, Diabetes Genetics Lead at global pharmaceutical leader, Merck and draws on a decade of experience in statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics in academia and industry. Her work leading a research group in major pharma includes broad skills in organizational leadership, informatics and analysis.
  • Melissa Landon is a researcher in the Structural Genomics Consortium at the University of Toronto and the founder of LogPhase LLC, a scientific consulting service assisting venture capital firms and startup biotech companies with early-stage drug discovery programs. With fifteen years of experience in biomedical research, including extensive work designing and applying computational processes to drug discovery projects and a background in project management in biomedical research, Melissa brings an organizationally savvy perspective to teaching technical topics like structural bioinformatics.
  • Andrey Sivachenko is Senior Scientist II at RaNA Therapeutics, a research organization working toward new discoveries in the field of epigenetic drugs. His more than a dozen years of experience working within computational biology have included work for organizations like Broad Institute at MIT, a collaborative biomedical research organization engaging problems in human biology and disease.

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

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