Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Master of Science in Bioinformatics


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

LUC's Bioinformatics MS program includes coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Statistics. Central to the program is hands-on experience both in and outside the classroom.

The MS program includes two tracks:

Non-thesis option: Students gain real-world experience in an internship environment. In addition, this track includes a breadth of course-work selected to better prepare students for positions in industry. With the MS Non-thesis degree, graduates of this program can pursue employment, e.g. the biotech industry, research institutions, and government agencies, or further advanced degrees, e.g. PhD or MD programs.
Thesis-option: Students are trained in conducting hypothesis-driven independent research including experimental design, analysis and interpretation of results, as well as scientific writing and presentation. With the MS Thesis degree, graduates of this program are primed for research positions in the private and public sector or competitive PhD programs.

Regardless of the track selected, graduates of this program will gain:

  • a solid foundation in biological, computational, chemical, and statistical concepts and theory;
  • the facility to interpret primary scientific literature;
  • the capacity to employ statistical and computational methods to investigate and solve problems within the life sciences;
  • the ability to conduct bioinformatics study in industry and/or the research environment; and
  • science-related oral and written communication skills.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

Test Requirements: The GRE general test is optional. Loyola school code: 1412 English Language Testing Requirements: TOEFL: 550 paper, 79 IBT. IELTS: 6.5 Special Application Instructions: Applicants must indicate the MS Thesis track or MS Non-thesis track at the time of applying. The application deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for a university stipend and tuition award is February 1. Prerequisite Requirements: Applicants wishing to be considered for full admission must have completed the following courses (or their equivalencies): Genetics, Biostatistics, Algorithms, and Biochemistry. These courses are essential for advanced courses in bioinformatics as well as research/internship experiences. Students lacking these prerequisites may be accepted conditionally, pending completion of deficient coursework.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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