Bioinformatics, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Bioinformatics

bioinformatics website:

overview of school admissions & requirements: contact the individual departments listed below

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

on-campus contact: contact the individual departments listed below

Students pursing this major must choose one of these concentrations:

Animal Sciences
Crop Sciences
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering- not currently accepting applications
Computer Science
Bioengineering- not currently accepting applications
Information Sciences

The MS degree can be taken in a thesis or non-thesis format, depending on the department.  For either format, the research adviser must be affiliated with the Bioinformatics program.

Programs in Informatics

Undergraduate Minor

Informatics Minor

Graduate Majors

Bioinformatics, MS

Animal Sciences Concentration
Bioengineering Concentration
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Concentration
Computer Science Concentration
Crop Sciences Concentration
Information Sciences Concentration

Informatics, PhD


Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The recommended background for graduate students entering the Bioinformatics degree program is a bachelor's or master's degree in life sciences, computer and mathematical sciences, or engineering, with a minimum of five hours of molecular and cell biology, six hours of general chemistry, nineteen hours of mathematics and statistics, and three hours of introduction to computing. Prerequisites vary somewhat for the different departmental concentrations. Students should view the web page of the specific department they wish to apply to for detailed information about admission criteria and degree requirements.  Those links are below:

Financial Aid

Fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships (all of which include tuition and partial fee waivers) are awarded on a competitive basis by the admitting department. All applicants, regardless of U.S. citizenship, whose native language is not English and who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships (the most common form of financial aid for new graduate students in the department) must submit a score of at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).