MS in Bioinformatics

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics provides cross-disciplinary training in biology, computer science, and information technology—along with real-world experience. The program prepares graduates to play pivotal roles in today’s cutting-edge life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries focused on genomics, proteomics, personalized medicine, drug discovery, and cancer therapy.

Why choose Northeastern University?

  • Our curriculum combines core bioinformatics programming courses with a diverse range of electives that offers students the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in both the life sciences and computer science.
  • Northeastern University’s signature experiential learning model—called co-op—connects students with leading industry employers through our signature four-, six-, or eight-month optional co-op.
  • Our students receive a solid, experience-based foundation in the field that gives them a competitive edge in the high-demand job market for trained bioinformaticians.
  • Our on-ground courses run in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Our online format allows students to participate in the program anywhere in the world.

The MS Bioinformatics curriculum comprises 32 total semester hours plus an optional co-op. Review detailed program requirements here.

Boston, San Francisco, or Online – you choose

Northeastern University’s Master of Science 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 San Francisco, or online. Core courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.


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.

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