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Master's Degree in Bioinformatics

University/Institute: University of Memphis
Location: United States - Memphis
Focus: Bioinformatics
Recommended Undergraduate Degrees: Biology, Computer Science, Math/Statistics
Degree Offered: MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (2 years)MS/MSc/MA/M.Eng (Major/Primary Degree)

Key characteristics of program:

The total credit hours required for graduation is 37. The core courses include: two classes in computer science (Bioinformatics, Algorithms), two classes in Statistics (Probability Theory, Applied Statistics), two classes in biology (Cell biology, Genomics), and the Bioinformatics Research Seminar course (taken each semester). The remaining credit hours may be selected from a large number of graduate classes in Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Memphis.

Students may receive up to six credit hours by electing to write and defend a Master's Thesis Project based upon their primary research outside of course work. Research projects may be conducted with investigators at the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, or St. Jude Children's Hospital. Non-thesis candidates will be required to enroll in a Research class, submit and defend a research paper on the topic approved by their advisor.

Research Assistantships and tuition waivers are available to Bioinformatics graduate students on a competitive basis and are renewable annually.

Program Goals:

The goal of the program is to train individuals who can readily enter the workforce as bioinformatics technicians or pursue PhD studies in computer science, statistics, or biological sciences. The core curriculum was designed to give individuals a broad knowledge of genomics, statistical theory and applications, as well as computer programming and algorithms. Students may choose to focus on specific areas within bioinformatics by selecting from a wide range of electives in different disciplines.

Additional Information

Year Program Established: 2006
Scholarships/assistanceships may be available: Yes
Type of academic terms: Semester

Average number of applicants per year: 12
Average number of applicants accepted per year: 8
Average number of incoming students per year: 6
Average number of graduates per year: 4

Program URL: http://memphis.edu/binf/

Contact Person: Ramin Homayouni ( bioinformatics@memphis.edu )

Last updated: Jan 14, 2015

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