Master of Science in Bioinformatics

The Bioinformatics degree seeks to provide students with core knowledge in bioinformatics programming, integrating knowledge from the biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines


Employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


A master’s degree holder can expect to earn an average of 20 percent more than someone who has only earned their bachelor’s degree. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).


94% of graduates of the MS in Bioinformatics at Northeastern University have found employment within six months of graduation for the last three years (Northeastern Graduate Programs Blog).

Earn your Master's in Bioinformatics

The Master of Science (MS) in Bioinformatics seeks to provide students with core knowledge in bioinformatics programming, integrating knowledge from the biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines. Upon completion, students are equipped to apply bioinformatics and computational methods to biological problems. Students in the MS program have the opportunity to gain professional work experience via co-op.

The program consists of core course work in computational methods, programming, and statistics, enhanced by electives in molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular modeling, web development, database design and management, data mining, and other related topics.

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  • 2-3 years
  • Full-time & part-time offerings
  • Online

How to Apply

Learn more about the application process and requirements here.


Tuition is $53,800 (This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition.)

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

Learn more about financing your education here.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Domestic: August 1st
  • Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • Fall International: June 1st
  • Spring International: October 1st
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US:
    • Fall: July 15th
    • Spring: October 31st


  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores are recommended but not required
  • Proof of English proficiency for all applicants

Fall 2021 Bioinformatics Graduate level courses

BINF 6308, Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1
MW 7:00 - 8:30

Instructor: Stefan Kaluziak 

BINF 6309, Bioinformatics Computational Methods 2
MW 7:00 - 8:30

Instructor: TBD

BIOL 6381, Ethics in Biological Research

Instructor: Christine Briggs

MATH 7340, Statistics for Bioinformatics
TH 5:50 - 7:20

Instructor: TBD

BIOT 5219, The Biotechnology Enterprise
W 6:00 - 8:00

Instructor: Christa Dhimo 

BINF 6200, Bioinformatics Programming
T 5:45 - 8:00

Instructor: Chesley Leslin

BINF 6400, Genomics in Bioinformatics
T 6:00 - 8:30

Instructor: Stefan Kaluziak

DA 5020, Collecting, Storing, and Retrieving Data

Instructor: Sophine Clachar

INSH 5302, Information Design and Visual Analytics

Instructor: Sahar Mirzaee

Get involved in our research

Gain hands-on experience by joining research groups such as Ondrechen Research Group. Learn more here.

Delve into your future career path on co-op

Students in the MS in Bioinformatics program gain real-world knowledge, awareness, perspective, and confidence during a three- or six-month graduate co-op in industry or academia. As a recognized leader in experiential learning and a trusted source of high-caliber students, Northeastern enjoys relationships with more than 3,000 public- and private-sector employers on seven continents. Recent bioinformatics co-op partners have included:

  • Broad Institute
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Genzyme
  • Millennium
  • Novartis

Career Outlook

Earning a degree at Northeastern opens the door to a network of more than 275,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners, including government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and global nongovernmental organizations. As a result, our community expands continents, furthering our commitment to global, lifelong connections. Learn more here.

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