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College of Letters and Science Applied Bioinformatics Certificate

Graduate Certificate

The Applied Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate is designed for those currently working in biotechnology and related settings, or healthcare and other data science occupations, who are seeking career advancement.

Courses are completed entirely online, in asynchronous format, with zero on-campus, virtual, or in-person meeting requirements, an ideal format for busy professionals. You can watch lectures, participate in online forums with your classmates, and although assignments have deadlines, you can do homework whenever it’s convenient for you.


With a broad range of exciting careers, the bioscience industry employment has grown by around 7 percent since 2016. Wage growth consistently exceeds other occupations.


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The Applied Bioinformatics program is flexible and affordable. View available financial resources to assist your studies.
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Coursework in the Applied Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate focuses on developing the specialized data science skills required to process and analyze large-scale biological data sets.

Certificate courses are offered during fall and spring semesters in rotation. It is possible to earn your certificate within three semesters; however, based on work and life commitments, you made decide to take longer.

4 Courses. 12 Credits. 100% Online!

Applying to the M.S. Applied Bioinformatics online degree program

Program Admission Requirements*:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Candidates will submit a resume and two letters of recommendation (professional or academic), along with a 1,000-word statement of personal intent describing your decision to pursue the degree. Application materials must be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. No GRE or GMAT required.

Prerequisite Coursework:
One semester of college-level biology with lab.
*Campuses may waive some of these requirements as part of the comprehensive application process.

International Guidelines
This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S. but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts.

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Important Dates

Semester-based degree programs and certificates offer three start dates: fall, spring and summer semester.


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