Frequently Asked Questions | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out answers to frequently asked questions for the Bioinformatics, M.S. Online program.

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Application Process:


What courses are required to complete the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree program?

This degree program comprises a total of 10 classes (30 credits) which is split into three sections. Students will need to take 6 required courses, including at least 3 credits of the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree capstone course. They will also choose a concentration area– either Laboratory Science or Translational Science– to take two courses in. Finally, students will be able to choose two elective courses to round out their program curriculum. Visit the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree webpage for further details on the courses available through this program.


How long will it take me to complete the online Bioinformatics Master’s degree?

To complete the Bioinformatics program, you will need to finish 30 credits (10 courses). If you attend as a full-time student and take 3 courses per semester, you will complete the program within approximately 2 years. If you attend as a part-time student and take 1 or 2 courses per semester, you will complete the program within approximately 2-3 years. You also have the option to take courses in the summer, although course availability is limited. As stipulated in the university catalog, master's students have 5 years to complete their degree requirements. Please visit NYU Tandon School of Engineering Bulletin for more details.

How many credits do I need to take to qualify as a full-time student?

To be considered a full-time student, you must take 9 credits (3 courses) or more per semester. Part-time students are permitted to take 3-6 credits (1-2 courses) per semester.

About the Program:

Is this Master’s degree program offered entirely online, or can I take a course on campus?

While this program is currently offered in an entirely online format, if you would like to take an on-campus course, you just need an advisor or departmental approval to be registered. While we can’t guarantee acceptance to a specific course, it should in general be very possible to accomplish. Your advisor can help advocate for you in these cases. You will also need to take at least half of the courses in the modality to which you’ve applied (online). Since it’s a 10 course degree, you could take up to six (6) courses online and 4 on-campus.

How much does the program cost?

To calculate the program cost, use the NYU tuition calculator. Please note that this program is 30 credits and each course is usually 3 credits.

When filling out the calculator, use these prompts:

Are you a current student or a prospective student?

  • Prospective student

 Choose a level of enrollment:

  • Graduate

Select a semester:

  • The most current semester listed

Select a school:

  • Tandon School of Engineering

Select a program:

  • General
Does the program offer any financial assistance for potential students?

Industry Partners:
A 20% scholarship is available to our industry partners. Not sure you qualify? You can reach out to

Alumni Scholarship:
Our NYU alumnus qualify for a 20% scholarship to our online graduate programs.

Please note that Industry Partners and Alumni scholarships cannot be combined.

Veteran’s Benefits:
For questions on what veteran benefits NYU accepts along with instructions on how to use your VA benefits, you can visit our For Veterans page.

Are there any upcoming information sessions or seminars I can attend?

To learn more and receive notifications about upcoming online seminars and info-sessions, please visit our Digital Learning events page.

Whom should I contact with additional questions?

Please contact our Digital Learning team at, text JOIN to 877-642-7883 or call 646.997.3623.