Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, M.S.B.C.B.

Morsani College of Medicine  
Department: Medical Sciences 


The Master’s Degree Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of South Florida represents a multi-college partnership and a truly interdisciplinary collaboration. The major is designed to meet the increasing demand for trained people in this emerging area, which crosses the traditional fields of biological, mathematical and computer sciences. The major, therefore, builds on and complements the current strengths of the university. The goal of the Master’s Degree Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is to provide students enrolled in the major with high quality training and education that will prepare them for careers in science, industry, health care and education. The curriculum has been designed accordingly and provides the theoretical background, the practical training and, with the internships, the “real life” experience, which will equip students with the essential tools for a successful career in the field.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

•    Completed pre-requisite prior training in biological sciences, chemistry, and engineering
•    Two (2) letters of recommendation
•    Required Supplemental Information Form
•    Statement of Purpose
•    Resume

If an applicant is an international applicant a course-by-course transcript evaluation will also be required.

Application Procedures - https://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/admission-information/index.aspx  

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 36

  • Core Requirements – 11 Credit Hours
  • Ethics Requirement - 2 Credit Hours
  • Electives – 15 Credit Hours  Minimum
  • Internship – 4 Credit Hours Minimum
  • Remaining hour(s) taken in electives, internship, or general coursework

Required Core Courses (11 hours)

Ethics Requirement (2 Credit Hours Minimum)

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Students may select from graduate courses offered in the areas of science, engineering, public health, business, or law; or other courses based on availability and approval by the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Exam

In lieu of the Comprehensive exam, a practical internship and theoretical assignment, which will both require the successful application of the knowledge they have acquired during their formal training, are required.  Specifically:

  • an internship with a written and an oral internship report and
  • a review paper providing an overview of recent advancements in an area of biotechnology of the student’s choice.

Internship (4 Credit Hours)


This is a non-thesis program.