Master’s Program in
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Application

For more information, please email bioinformatics@dbi.udel.edu

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions application deadlines:
Fall July 1st (regular applications) May 20th (financial aid)
Spring December 1st (regular applications) October 1st (financial aid)
Late applications considered, subject to availability.

If there are remaining positions within the program, applications will be considered until July 15th for Fall enrollment and December 1st for Spring enrollment.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold an undergraduate degree in biological, computational, or other disciplines from an accredited four-year college or university. However, applicants are expected to have scholarly competence in mathematics, computer science and/or biology. The admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Students can be admitted for full-time or part-time studies.

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Pick a Path

There are three different paths to a degree (see comparison).

All three programs have the Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Core–Computational Science in common. The MS is 33 credits and requires a thesis. The PSM is 42 credits and requires an internship (6 credits). A certificate requires the 15 credits common to all three degrees.

Note that each degree has two distinct paths to graduation. There is a Life Sciences path that emphasizes the biology and a Computational Sciences path that aims for the computer side of bioinformatics and computational biology.

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Change a Path

Students currently matriculated in other graduate degree programs should complete a “Change of Classification Form” to seek approval to enter the Master’s program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology. The Bioinformatics Graduate Committee will evaluate each “Change of Classification” request on a case-by-case basis and determine whether the student is required to submit a completed admission application form to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education and follow the same procedures for admission as other applicants.

Students should also complete a “Change of Classification Form” for moving within the program, e.g., from BINF-CERT to BICB-MS or BINF-PSM; or from BICB-MS to BINF-PSM. The Bioinformatics Graduate Committee will evaluate and approve the transfer requests on a case-by-case basis. A student in the BICB-MS program who has been funded on a Graduate Assistantship will require the consent of the Faculty Advisor for transfer to another degree option in the program.

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Application Checklist

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT (a minimum grade average of 3.0 on a 4.0 system)
  • The following GRE scores are competitive:
    If taken after August 1, 2011
    Quantitative 151
    Verbal + Quantitative 307
    If taken prior to August 1, 2011
    Quantitative 650
    Verbal + Quantitative 1200
    No GRE subject test is required.

    GRE is not required for Certificate applicants.

  • TOEFL (for students from non-English speaking institutions)
    The University requires the following minimumTOEFL scores:
    Official Paper-Based 550
    Computer-Based 213
    Internet-Based 79
    Note: TOEFL scores more than two years old cannot be considered official.

    Applicants who do not meet the minimum TOEFL score requirements will be rejected without review by the administration. However, foreign nationals needing further English language training prior to entering graduate school may apply jointly to the UD English Language Institute and the graduate program. Interested students should check the English Language Institute for program details.

    • THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
      At lease one letter must be from professors, other letters can be from employers or others who have had a supervisory relationship with the applicant and are able to assess the applicant’s potential for success in graduate studies
    • RESUME/CV outlining work and academic experience
    • APPLICATION ESSAY consisting of the answers to the following questions:
      1. What educational background and scientific research or employment experience prepare you for this bioinformatics degree program?
      2. What are your long-term professional objectives?
      3. What specific attributes of the bioinformatics program make you feel that this degree is appropriate to help you achieve your professional objectives?

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    Financial Aid

    Admission to the Master’s program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology does not automatically entitle an applicant to financial aid. Students may seek financial aid opportunities, such as fellowships or scholarships from sources within the University and from private and federal agencies. Interested students should check the Office of Graduate Studies for the most current opportunities.

    Financial aid is awarded on a competitive basis from the pool of admitted applicants. The University of Delaware's policies apply to all forms of financial aid. Please refer to the University Policies for Graduate Funding.

    Financial aid options

    • Students in the BICB-MS program may apply for the Graduate Assistantships:
      • Research Assistantships (RAs) are generally funded by research grants and contracts provided by external funding agencies. Students may be supported as an RA through their Faculty Advisor's research funds after their first year. A research assistantship provides full tuition and a stipend. The RA's advisor is responsible for defining the student's responsibilities and for evaluating the student's performance. The amount of service or research may vary from week to week but the average is usually expected to be 20 hours per week.
      • Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are offered for graduate students to perform teaching and other instructional activities. The amount of service may vary from week to week but the average is usually expected to be 20 hours per week. A teaching assistantship provides full tuition and a stipend. In accordance with University of Delaware regulations, foreign students must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based), or an IELTS score of at least 7.5 in order to qualify for teaching assistantships.
    • Students in the BINF-PSM program may apply for Industry Internships. Paid internships may be available from industry, government agencies or other participating institutions in the Master’s program in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology.
    • Students in the BINF-CERT program may be eligible for a Tuition Scholarship. Tuition scholarships are available to qualified applicants on a competitive basis.

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    Provisional Status

    Provisional status is offered to students who are seeking admission to the degree program but lack one or more of the specified prerequisites. All provisional requirements must be met within the deadline given before regular status can be granted. Students admitted with provisional status are generally not eligible for assistantships or fellowships. Students who file an application during the final year of undergraduate or current graduate work and are unable to supply complete official transcripts showing conferral of degree will be admitted pending conferral of the degree if their records are otherwise satisfactory and complete. For students lacking appropriate preparatory course work, additional courses applicable to certain areas of study may be required prior to admission or students may be admitted with the provision that completion of certain area content courses be completed concurrent with degree program courses.

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    Transfer of Credits

    Students may request that credit earned in graduate courses taken at the University of Delaware as a continuing education student, or at another institution, be applied toward their degree requirements . The student must have earned a grade of at least B in a course taken not longer than five years ago at an accredited college or university. Requests must be made in writing to the Graduate Affairs committee using the Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form.

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    How to Apply

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    Resources

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Phone: 302-831-0161 • E-mail: bioinformatics@udel.edu

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