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College of Science

Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Master’s Degree

Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics provides cross-disciplinary training in biology, computer science, and data analytics—along with real-world experience. Tapping into Oakland’s location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, the program prepares you to play a pivotal role in today’s cutting-edge life science, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries focused on genomics, proteomics, personalized medicine, drug discovery, and cancer therapy.

The Bay Area—home to top-ranking medical research institutions—is the birthplace of the biotech sector and the regional healthcare center. The career applications for bioinformatics are plentiful across these intersecting and mutually supportive industries, with the life sciences generating $100 billion in economic output in 2021 (California Life Sciences Sector Report).


Oakland, California




2–3 years



Program overview

Northeastern is committed to delivering cutting-edge programs that foster interdisciplinary thinking, research, and the pursuit of innovation-driven discoveries that have an impact on lives. That commitment and vision are at the very core of the Master of Science (MS) in Bioinformatics. Our program’s cross-disciplinary training prepares you to succeed in multiple roles in this new and growing field.

Combining challenging academics in biology, computer science, and information technology with experiential learning, the program helps you integrate the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence needed to achieve your goals and make a difference in our world.

The MS in Bioinformatics is structured to provide you with the skills and knowledge to develop, evaluate, and deploy bioinformatics and computational biology applications. The program is designed to prepare you for employment in the biotechnology sector, where the need for knowledgeable life scientists with quantitative and computational skills has exploded in the past decade.

Available concentrations include:

  • Bioinformatics Enterprise: This concentration integrates business and management skills with the science of bioinformatics.
  • Biotechnology: This option provides students without a biotechnology background with a strong foundation in basic biotech concepts and skills.
  • Omics: This concentration prepares students to analyze large datasets related to genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and evolving new omics fields.

You are not required to declare a concentration. With the coursework option, you can select 12 credits of electives in place of concentration-specific courses.

Unique features
  • Courses run in the evening to accommodate working professionals.
  • Gain up to eight months of work experience through co-op positions.
  • With only one additional class, you can also earn a graduate certificate in data analytics.
  • Northeastern graduates have had a 94% employment rate in industry or research in the last three years.
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree.
Program objectives
  • Attain core knowledge in bioinformatics programming.
  • Integrate knowledge from biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines.
  • Gain professional work experience via co-op.


For 100+ years, we’ve designed our programs with one thing in mind—your success. Explore the current program requirements and course descriptions, all designed to meet today’s industry needs and must-have skills.

Experiential learning

You can complete a three-to-eight-month co-op work experience or participate in an industry-based independent project, providing an invaluable opportunity to gain professional training within the commercial sector

Explore co-ops and experiential learning.

Tuition and aid





This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2024–2025 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. Find detailed information on tuition and fees from Student Financial Services.

Finance your education

For students interested in pursuing financial assistance or educational loans, additional educational costs, known as Cost of Attendance (COA) components, can be included in the calculation of aid and loan eligibility. Components may include food, housing, books, course materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, personal expenses, and the cost of obtaining a first professional licensure. You can find comprehensive details on the Student Financial Services website. Please keep in mind that COA can vary significantly depending on academic program, enrollment intensity, and individual circumstances.

How to apply

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