MS, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCBM) is offered jointly by the Departments of Biological and Mathematical Sciences. This program will combine coursework from the disciplines of biology, computer science and mathematics. The BCBM program seeks to answer the demand for a new breed of scientist who has fundamental understanding in the fields of biology, mathematics, statistics and computer science. With this interdisciplinary training, these scientists will be well prepared to meet the demand and challenges that have arisen and will continue to develop in the biotechnology arena.

Faculty from both Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences will participate in the bioinformatics and computational biology program, with the Mathematical Sciences department serving as the administrative unit. Both departments will participate in advising students.

Program Information

School: School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Program: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Catalog page: MS

MS in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Beginning students are expected to have completed multivariate calculus, linear algebra, two semesters of general chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, two semesters of general physics, programming in C/C++ and two semesters of biology. Students intending to do research in computational biology should have some background in mathematics and in programming.

Test score required: Yes

GRE scores of at least 143 verbal, 155 quantitative and 310 combined are preferred. Higher standards prevail for applicants seeking teaching assistantships. 

Letters of recommendation: Required

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.


Yan Cao
Associate Professor
800 W. Campbell Road, FO 35
Richardson, TX 75080
Office: FO 2.402D

Possible Careers

Medical researcher, epidemiologist, pharmaceutical researcher, research scientist, bioinformatics developer and analyst, bioinformatics scientist, bioinformation programmer and other positions in the fields including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Systems and Computational Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Biology
  • Medical Information

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.