Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics: MS

Program Information


Biology - Bioinformatics and Genomics


Master of Science (MS)


Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact


Fall Term: February 15

This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.



Program Description

The University of Oregon offers a master’s degree in biology with a focus in bioinformatics that is designed to meet the needs of industry, the medical field, and academic/government institutions in the new genomic era.

Recent technological breakthroughs in DNA sequencing mean that we can decode an organism’s genome in a matter of days.

One implication of this technology is that it will become commonplace in the future to sequence a human genome for personalized medicine.

Even more significantly, this new sequencing technology is fundamentally changing the way biology is being performed, including understanding gene function, studying human disease mechanisms, assembly/characterization of new genomes, and study of microbial ecology. 

Modern training in the biomedical sciences now requires education in the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of this tidal wave of data. Few programs presently exist to provide this education.

To address this deficit and train students in this new field of genomics, we have designed a program that combines graduate-level courses with hands-on experience in the field. 

Bioinformatics only offers start dates for the summer term. Our intensive, workshop-style summer courses immerse students in the science of bioinformatics and are only offered during the summer.

On average it will take 18 months to complete the master's program. The program starts in June and most students finish in December the following year.

Program Prerequisites

A bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, physics, computer science, or related field is required. Although not explicitly required, research and computer programming experience are preferred

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Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. This program has two separate applications, the University of Oregon application and a department application. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website.

UO Application Requirements

Program-Specific Application Requirements


  • Interview
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose


  • CV
  • Letter of Intent

Not Required

  • GMAT or GRE

Apply Through Department