Bioinformatics Master's Program
Earn your master's in Bioinformatics as a part-time or full-time student
Marquette University's Master of Science in Bioinformatics program is an ideal fit for students with undergraduate degrees with biology, medical science, mathematics, engineering, or computer science. This Master's program is offered jointly with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) for an improved, convenient curriculum. The entire program consists of either 30 credits with a thesis or 36 credits with a short essay.
We offer classes both during the day and in the evenings with both full- and part-time options available. Whether you are a new college graduate or a working professional looking to advance your career, our program can fit your needs.
A joint program with the Medical College of Wisconsin
Through the joint program with the Medical College of Wisconsin, students take classes at our Milwaukee campus and a few miles away at MCW. This provides students greater access to coursework, faculty, facilities, equipment and research opportunities at both institutions.
MCW's partnerships with renowned medical facilities like Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin give students a hands-on experience only available through this unique program. Students in the joint program are also able to form networks that can be helpful in the job market.
Bioinformatics deals with discovering knowledge in biology or medicine present in large data sets. As such, it is an interdisciplinary science that is always in rapid flux as the methods and the nature of the data sets change. Bioinformatics clearly involves the application of computers for storage, organizing, and analyzing the data. But it also involves statistics, probability, mathematics, and related disciplines to create the analysis algorithms and to make sense of the results. Effectively interacting and collaborating with the content-area scientists also requires developing deep knowledge and understanding in those areas to be able to interpret the results and communicate them effectively to the scientific community.
Designed to equip graduates with a distinctive blend of theoretical and computational skills and practical experience for employment in industry, research laboratories and institutions of higher education. The MS in Bioinformatics also can serve as a starting point for doctoral work through our Computational Sciences program.
Students who have graduated from this program work in laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry and academic settings (primarily medical schools). Several have continued on for PhD's in the area, including two who are currently in the Marquette Computational Sciences Program.
Some students also choose to pursue a PhD after graduation.
Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
Visit the department web page or visit the Medical College of Wisconsin
Take the next step towards your future
This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:
- Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
- Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)
These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.
However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:
- Fall (August) Term: February 15
- Spring (January) Term: November 15
- Summer (May) Term: April 15
- Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all current and previous colleges/universities transcripts except Marquette.*
- An essay outlining relevant work experience or education, career goals, possible areas of interest, and reasons for seeking admission to this program.
- Three letters of reference from professors or professionals familiar with the applicant's abilities, academic work and/or professional background.
- For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
No merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available for this program, but private scholarships may be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may also be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses.
Visit the department web page or visit the Medical College of Wisconsin Bioinformatics program page for more details and information about faculty and coursework.
Anne Clough (Co-Director) - MSCS at MU
Daniel Rowe - MSCS at MU
Serdar Bozdag - MSCS at MU
Mehdi Maadooliat - MSCS at MU
Leah Solberg-Woods (Co-Director) - Human and Molecular Genetics Center at MCW
Marquette University Associated Faculty (MU):
Allison Abbott - Biological Sciences
James Anderson - Biological Sciences
Naveen Bansal - MSCS
Stephen Merrill - MSCS
Elaine Spiller - MSCS
Medical College of Wisconsin Associated Faculty:
Allen Cowley - Chair of Physiology
Andrew Greene - Physiology
Howard Jacob - Chair of Genetics, Head of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center
Aoy Mitchell - Surgery
Mary Shimoyama - Surgery
Elizabeth Worthey - Human and Molecular Genetics Center