Graduate Certificate

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There is an increasing demand for scientists with skills in computational data analytics. The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics offers professionals working in the research, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries the ability to employ bioinformatics algorithms and techniques to biological problems in their current practice. It also gives people looking to switch careers the data and genomic analysis skills needed to be more competitive in the biological and pharmaceutical industries.

The graduate certificate is comprised of four courses, three bioinformatics courses and one 3-4 credit elective, for a total of 15-16 semester hours (SH). Students can earn the certificate in as little as eight months.

BINF 6308 Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1 (4 SH)
BINF 6309 Bioinformatics Computational Methods 2 (4 SH)
BINF 6200 Bioinformatics Programming (4 SH)
Graduate Elective (3-4 SH)

Review detailed program requirements here.

Boston, San Francisco, or Online – you choose

The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics is offered in multiple locations and formats. You can choose to take courses on our main campus in Boston, at our satellite campus in the San Francisco, or online. Core courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

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Northeastern’s main campus is located in Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for world-class biomedical research, innovation in the life sciences, leading pharmaceutical corporations, and biotech companies—both large and small. Boston courses are offered on-ground and online. International students requiring student visas must apply to the Boston campus.

San Francisco:

Northeastern’s San Francisco location is a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity. Our location is embedded directly with WeWork in San Francisco, a co-working space for global companies to grow and innovate. This provides students the opportunity to build their network and gain industry knowledge directly from market experts and top-notch faculty. Students study in the heart of the Bay Area, surrounded by its innovation-driven cities that are home to start-ups and mega corporations alike. International students requiring student visas must apply to the Boston or San Francisco campus.

100% Online:

We now offer an online program version of our program, allowing you to pursue our degree from your home base. We will work with you to find local employers for your co-op internship.

East Coast, West Coast or Online, Northeastern University delivers the same rigorous academics, cutting-edge research opportunities, innovative faculty, and supportive global alumni network for an unparalleled educational experience and solid foundation for an exciting and fulfilling career.


Northeastern’s West Coast campus for graduate studies is located in Seattle, Washington, a city synonymous with software development, Internet titans, information technology, and biotechnology. Students in the Seattle region have full access to Seattle campus facilities and services. Core bioinformatics courses are offered online with a limited number of electives available on-ground.

If you are a current Northeastern University graduate student interested in the Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics please contact us at