Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Life Sciences

Bioinformatics, MS or MBin


PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.; M.B.I.N.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Bioinformatics degree represents a new type of master degree, the "Professional Science Master.” It is designed for the entrepreneurial student seeking an accelerated master program that blends comprehensive coursework, reduced research experience and a professional externship, all designed to provide a solid foundation for entry-level employment in industry, government or academia. The centerpiece of the Master of Bioinformatics option is the opportunity to intern for a full semester at an academic, government, or industry location. VCU’s Master of Bioinformatics program was developed in part through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. he Master of Science in Bioinformatics students perform independent research to write, present and defend a thesis under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The goal of this research-oriented degree program is to prepare students for research careers in university, foundation or industry laboratories; and completion of a thesis provides problem solving skills required for a research career. Additionally, students completing the Master of Science in Bioinformatics are well prepared for Ph.D. level work in all areas of biological and biomedical science, including the Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. program


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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