Bioinformatics MS Options

The M.S. degree can be taken in a thesis or non-thesis format, depending on the department.  For either format, the research adviser must be affiliated with the Bioinformatics program. Departments may have requirements in addition to those below.  See the departmental entries in the Program of Study for more information.

Thesis Option

A minimum of 32 hours are required, including a minimum of 28 hours of course work (the standard one-semester graduate course at the University of Illinois is a four-hour course). Thesis credit must count for at least 4 hours, but cannot exceed 8 hours applied toward the degree. The thesis advisor must be affiliated with the Bioinformatics program.  

Non-Thesis Option

A minimum of 32 hours are required. 

For either option

At least 12 hours must be taken at the advanced graduate (500) level. In addition, a minimum of one four-hour course, approved for degree credit, from each of three core bioinformatics areas below is required.

  • Fundamental bioinformatics (courses in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology).
  • Biology (courses in general biochemistry and cell biology)
  • Computer Science and Informatics (courses in database systems and combinatorial algorithms).

Currently approved core courses for the program are listed here.