Northeastern University

College of Science

Master of Science Bioinformatics (ALIGN)


360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science Bioinformatics (ALIGN)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Opportunity:

Breaking into a new industry can be difficult, especially if your education and experience are not a match for your current job search. That’s why Northeastern University created the MS Bioinformatics ALIGN program (Accelerated Link to Industry through Northeastern’s Global Network).

This unique graduate program prepares high-ability bachelor’s degree holders for the high-demand bioinformatics industry, regardless of their previous experience or undergraduate major.

The Program:

Northeastern University is committed to delivering cutting-edge programs that foster interdisciplinary thinking, research, and the pursuit of innovation-driven discoveries that have an impact on lives. That commitment and vision are at the very core of the MS in Bioinformatics ALIGN program.

Combining challenging academics in biology, computer science, and information technology with practical, real-world experience, this program will help you integrate the knowledge skills, experience, and confidence you need to play a pivotal role in an expanding range of life science fields.

As a student in this program, you have the opportunity to:

•    Build a core of critical knowledge in bioinformatics computational methods, bioinformatics programming, statistics for bioinformatics, and ethics for biological research
•    Integrate knowledge from biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines
•    Prepare to assume leadership roles in a range of life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries, including genomics, personalized medicine, drug discovery, and cancer therapy

The Curriculum:

The MS in Bioinformatics ALIGN program combines core coursework in bioinformatics computerized methods, programming, and statistics with graduate electives that offer you the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in both the life sciences and computer sciences.

A co-op, frequently completed with leading employers in academia and industry, rounds out the program and assures graduates a competitive edge in the dynamic field of bioinformatics.

The Experience:

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 the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and pharmaceutical giants including Genzyme, Millennium, and Novartis.

Industry Demand:

Big Data is today’s buzzword. It is also the driving force behind the explosive demand for trained bioinformatics professionals in pharmaceutical research and development, medical and clinical diagnostics, and other life science industries.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science that combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to study and process biological data. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze, and integrate biological and genetic information, which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development. The need for bioinformatics capabilities was precipitated by the explosion of publicly available genomic information resulting from the Human Genome Project.

The life sciences are increasingly data-intensive, and the need for individuals with the broad, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to plan, mine, analyze, and interpret large-scale data sets continues to expand. The MS in Bioinformatics ALIGN program is invaluable if your goal is to enter this exciting and growing field.


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Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City

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