Bioinformatics Master's Degree | Online | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Bioinformatics, M.S.




Bioinformatics Overview

The last decade has seen unprecedented changes in biotech, biomedicine, biomanufacturing, and bioengineering. Most of it is fueled by new genomics and other omics technologies that generate a massive amount of data but also do so at a higher and higher resolution going down to single molecules and single cells. The resulting data need to be interpreted carefully because a single mutation in a base (e.g., “​SNP​”​) could be the cause of a disease. ​The resulting data is massive, as biotech​’​s Moore​’​s law grows exponentially (doubling every five months in comparison to computers​’ ​doubling every eighteen months).



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Why NYU Tandon Online for Bioinformatics?

We at Tandon are educating and nurturing tomorrow​’​s biotech rock-stars, who can address infectious diseases (e.g., Zika or Ebola), genetic diseases (e.g., Cancer, Alzheimer or Autism), public health (Personalized Health Care Program, Diabetes or Obesity), agriculture (e.g., GMO, Genetically Modified Organisms) and green technology (e.g., Energy or GHG(Green House Gas)-sequestration.

This NY State approved​​ program meets the industry's demand for professionals with solid foundations in genomics, proteomics,​ and transcriptomics;​ Algorithms, statistics, and biotechnology; programming (Python, Perl, and R)​;​ ​data science, AI and ML; ​sequence and pathway analysis, as well as a host of genome informatics tools and algorithms such as BLAST, BioPython, BioPerl, Bioconductor, and UCSC genome browser.

Tandon also provides the NYU Tandon Bridge program to prepare students with insufficient background in core computer science before admission.

Students who earn a Bioinformatics Advanced Certificate may apply those credits towards the Bioinformatics Master's Degree. Note that only 9 credits from the Advanced Certificate can be used towards the Bioinformatics Master Degree program.

Our 30 credit program offers you a refined skill set including but not limited to functional annotation, statistical analysis, algorithmic development, and genomics and proteomics.


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NYU Tandon Bridge

The NYU Tandon Bridge course is recommended to those interested in a Bioinformatics master's degree who are lacking a Bioinformatics degree or other substantial related experience.

Admission Information

In order to be eligible to apply for any of our master’s programs, you must meet the following criteria:

You must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, which includes a minimum of four years of full-time study. Bachelor of Engineering degrees (based on 180+ ECTS credits) may also be considered. Attention will be given to the programs accredited by ABET and programs accredited/approved by other various regional accrediting associations.

This program requires a graduate status and certain prerequisite courses depending on your background. If you have a background in computer science or a similar program, you are required to take a chemical and biological foundation in Bioinformatics course. If you are from a chemical or biological science background, you are required to take Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving and Data Structures and Algorithms.

The following is a list of all action items required to apply.

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT Score
    We recognize that due to COVID-19 restrictions some applicants may experience difficulty in taking the GRE test and, in response, we are committed to being flexible. For the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 terms, the GRE is not required for all NYU Tandon Online MS programs. For more information, see the GRE/GMAT Requirements page.
  • English Language Proficiency Testing

For more details on the above list, please review the Master’s and Advanced Certificate Application Checklist section.

NYU Tandon Bridge

The 100% online NYU Tandon Bridge course prepares students without a Bioinformatics degree or other substantial related experience to apply for select NYU Tandon Master’s Degree programs. In the course, students will learn computer science fundamentals and programming with C++. Students’ performance in the Bridge will count toward their Master’s degree application decisions. The Bridge is a non-credit certificate course, and those who complete the Bridge with a final grade of C or above will earn a Certificate of Completion, and those who earn a B+ or above will receive a Certificate of Completion with Distinction. Note: regardless of performance, successful completion of the Bridge course does not guarantee admission to any academic program.

The NYU Tandon Bridge course is taught by faculty members of the Computer Science department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, aided by NYU Tandon Graduate student teaching assistants. Students will participate in interactive online modules, live webinars, assignments, and tests.

NYU Tandon Bridge