Loyola University Chicago

Bioinformatics

MS in Bioinformatics

Loyola's MS in Bioinformatics program allows you to be in Chicago next to Lake Michigan while also gaining fundamental skills that will help you be an inquisitive scientist. You'll 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.

You'll gain real-world experience in an internship environment. In addition, you'll be exposed to a breadth of course-work selected to better prepare you for positions in industry. You will be able to pursue employment, e.g. the biotech industry, research institutions, and government agencies, or further advanced degrees, e.g. PhD or MD programs. 

You'll be trained in conducting hypothesis-driven independent research including experimental design, analysis and interpretation of results, as well as scientific writing and presentation. You'll be primed for research positions in the private and public sector or competitive PhD programs.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the MS in Bioinformatics must complete 30 credit hours. 

BIOL 387 Genomics (3 credits)
BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey (3 credits)

BIOI 365 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 365 Proteomics (3 credits) * REQUIRED
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4 credits)
COMP 353 Database Programming or COMP 379 Machine Learning (3 credits)

BIOI 365 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 365 Proteomics (3 credits)
BIOL 390 Molecular Biology Lab (4 credits)
COMP 353 Database Programming or COMP 379 Machine Learning (3 credits)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOL 387 Genomics or BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
COMP 383 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey or BIOI 398 Bioinformatics
Internship or BIOI 399 Bioinformatics Research (1+ credit)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOL 387 Genomics or BIOL 392 Metagenomics (3 credits)
COMP 383 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 397 Bioinformatics Survey or BIOI 398 Bioinformatics
Internship or BIOI 399 Bioinformatics Research (1+ credit)

BIOL 101 General Biology I (3 credits)
BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 102 General Biology II (3 credits)
BIOL 112 General Biology II Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 251 Cell Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 265 Ecology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)
STAT 437 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits) [BS+MS credit]
Bioinformatics BIOL Electives (6 credits) [BS+MS credits]
Biology Elective (1+ credit)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 388 Bioinformatics (3 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

BIOL 101 General Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 282 Genetics (3 credits)
BIOL 283 Genetics Lab (3 credits)

  • 1 additional lab is required (1+ credit)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab A (1 credit)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 112 General Chemistry Lab B (1 credit)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 225 Organic Chemistry Lab A (1 credit)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry Lab B (1 credit)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)

CHEM 101 General Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry A (3 credits)
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry B (3 credits)
CHEM 361 Biochemistry (3 credits)

COMP 141 Intro to Computing Tools (3 credit hours)
MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)
COMP 231 Data Structures & Algorithms  (3 credit hours)

MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)

COMP 141 Intro to Computing Tools (3 credit hours)
MATH 215 Intro to Programming (3 credit hours)
COMP 231 Data Structures & Algorithms  (3 credit hours)

BIOL 488 Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 565 Exploring Proteins  or CHEM 465 Proteomics (3 credits)
COMP 483 Computational Biology (4 credits)
STAT 437 Quantitative Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostatistics (3 credits)

MATH 131 Applied Calculus I (3 credits)
MATH 132 Applied Calculus II (3 credits)
STAT 335 Intro to Biostats (3 credits) or STAT 203 Intro to Prob & Stats (3 credits)
STAT 337 Quantitative Methods in Bioinformatics (3 credits)

BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)
+ 2 BIOI Electives (6 credits total)

BIOI 500 Advanced Bioinformatics (3 credits)
BIOI 501 Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)
BIOI 565 Exploring Proteins or CHEM 465 Proteomics (3 credits)
COMP 483 Computational Biology (4 credits)

4 Bioinformatics Electives (12 credits total)
BIOI 498 Bioinformatics Internship (1 credit)

3 Bioinformatics Electives (9 credits)
BIOI 498 Bioinformatics Internship (1 credit)

PHYS 111 Physics I (3 credits) 
PHYS 111L Physics Lab I (1 credit)
PHYS 112 Physics II (3 credits)
PHYS 112L Physics Lab II (1 credit)

UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 2 day workshop (0 credits)
BIOI 494 Bioinformatics Research Design (1 credit)
BIOI 499 Bioinformatics Research (8 credits)
BIOI 595 Thesis (1 credit)

UNIV 370 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship 2 day workshop (0 credits)
Bioinformatics Elective (3 credits)
BIOI 494 Bioinformatics Research Design (1 credit)
BIOI 499 Bioinformatics Research (8 credits)
BIOI 595 Thesis (1 credit)

Deadlines

Fall enrollment. [MS Non-Thesis or Thesis track]

FEBRUARY 1: Students who wish to be considered for a university stipend and tuition scholarship.

MARCH 15: Review of all other applicants. Students are encouraged to apply prior to this date.

 

Spring enrollment. [MS non-thesis track only]

OCTOBER 15: Review of all applicants. Students are encouraged to apply prior to this date.

 

Application Information

Apply Here: Specify which track (thesis or non-thesis) you wish to pursue. Only applications submitted through this system will be considered.

Candidates for admission must have completed (or are expected to complete prior to the fall term of admission) a bachelors degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.

Prerequisite Coursework (or Equivalent):

  • Genetics
  • Biostatistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Data Structures/Algorithms

Application to Loyola's MS Bioinformatics Program includes the following materials:

  • Official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A brief (500-1000 word) statement of purpose (Applicants to the thesis track are required to include in this statement Faculty research labs of interest.)

* Students may be accepted conditionally pending completion of lacking prerequisites.
* International students please refer to International Admission for Loyla's English Language Profiency Requirements.

Sample Course Schedules

These course schedules display how students may complete the Bioinformatics MS in two years of study. Please note, that completing coursework/research/internship during the summer semester can potentially expedite completion of the program requirements.