Experiential Master of Science in Bioinformatics
(1-Year)

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics/1-Year Experiential program is a work-aligned, accelerated, and hands-on pathway to the biological, computational, and mathematical skills and experience needed to succeed in the life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries.

15%

Projected growth of the bioinformatics industry by 2029 (nearly four times the national average), with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology fields leading the way.

94%

Northeastern graduates that land industry-related jobs.

$84K

Average annual salary for bioinformaticians. (Payscale, 2022)

Northeastern’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics/1-Year Experiential is a work-aligned, intensive, experience-based, and in-demand degree for students hoping to play a pivotal role in the life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. The accelerated program provides experiential opportunities sponsored by leading companies to help you refine real-world skills and provide career connections for post-graduation employment. The program is best suited to students able to devote a year to full-time learning.

The degree builds on four pillars (core curriculum, experiential learning, student services, talent acquisition) to create an evidence-based and work-based learning experience. Together, they deliver a robust, industry-aligned curriculum with opportunities centered on employer engagement, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.

You’ll graduate with a unique professional perspective gained from your integrated biological, computational, and mathematical coursework and experiences.

Need more flexibility?

We also offer a MS in Bioinformatics program that can be part-time, either in Boston or online for a duration of 2-3 years for students that need more flexibility and would like to spread out the coursework.

Commitment

  • 1 year
  • Full-time
  • On campus in Boston

International Students

Program meets F1 Visa Requirements

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Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Unique Features

  • Accelerate your degree in a one-year, experience-focused program at Northeastern’s Boston campus.
  • Gain integrated knowledge across biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines.
  • Enter the workforce sooner than a traditional two-year master’s program at a lower cost.
  • Build your portfolio and career contacts with extensive real-world experience, including two signature lab courses, a capstone project, experiential industry-generated projects, and Northeastern’s globally recognized co-op program.
  • Study at a top 31-ranked research university (according to U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

Career Outlook

  • Jobs in the bioinformatics field are projected to grow 15 percent by 2029 (nearly four times the national average), with the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology fields leading the way.
  • Between 2018 and 2019 alone, research and development spending in the life sciences industry rose by 22 percent, pointing to increased demand for innovative solutions across the industry.
  • The average bioinformatician salary in the United States is $84,188. (Payscale, 2022)

Learn more about the application process and requirements.