Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Program Format
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Application Deadlines
Fall 2024 - Classes start Sep 2024:

Domestic (Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents): August 1, 2024
International Inside Canada: August 1, 2024
International Out of Country: May 1, 2024


We recommend students looking to pursue a Study Permit apply 3 months minimum in advance of the program start date. Study permit processing times vary and may exceed this, depending on the type and country of application.

Learn more about Study Permit application on the OGS website.

NOTE: Students applying to our Canadian campuses who are eligible for, and wish to apply for, a Study Permit via Student Direct Stream (SDS), please ensure you meet the four language abilities requirements: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Visit the Government of Canada's Student Direct Stream - Language test for more information on in-person language test options.

Students not applying via SDS are welcome to apply with TOEFL or IELTS.
Credits Required for Graduation
32 Semester Hours

Program Description and Accreditation

Northeastern University 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 MS in Bioinformatics. The program’s cross-disciplinary training prepares graduates to succeed in multiple roles in this new and growing field.

Combining challenging academics in biology, computer science, and information technology with real-world experience, the program helps students integrate the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence they need to achieve their goals and make a difference in our world. The Master of Science in Bioinformatics is structured to provide students with the skills and knowledge to develop, evaluate, and deploy bioinformatics and computational biology applications. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in the biotechnology sector, where the need for knowledgeable life scientists with quantitative and computational skills has exploded in the past decade.

Program concentrations at our Toronto campus include:

  • Bioinformatics Enterprise: Integrates business and management skills with the science of bioinformatics.
  • Biotechnology: This concentration helps students without a biotechnology obtain a strong foundation in basic biotech concepts and skills.
  • Omics: Prepares students to analyze large data sets related to genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and new-omics fields as they evolve.
  • Coursework Option: Students are not required to declare a concentration. With the elective option, students select 12 credits of electives in place of concentration-specific courses.

Please note that students in Toronto will be required to complete a 4-credit capstone project as part of this program.

Accreditation Information – Ontario:

This institution has been granted consent by the Minister of Colleges and Universities to offer this degree program for a five-year term starting January 18, 2023. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

Career Outlook

  • In the last three years, 94 percent of our graduates were employed in industry or research.
  • Bioinformatics-related employment opportunities in the greater Toronto area are expected to increase by 36 per cent through 2028. (Government of Canada)

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