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Bioinformatics Masters Degree Program Admissions

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Specific requirements:

GRE scores are required and are an important factor for admission;

  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 210 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (for students whose native language is not English);
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • A letter of intent and statement of purpose, explaining your reasons for applying to the Bioinformatics Program.


Satisfactory completion of at least two undergraduate level courses in each of the following disciplines: biology, mathematics and computer science. Students should have some background in computer programming, data structures, statistics, and molecular biology. Students deficient in prerequisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Procedure

1. For information on how to apply to the University of Memphis Graduate School click here. Candidates must submit a "Master's Degree Application" to the graduate school. In addition, candidates must submit a Bioinformatics Program application as stated below (step 3).

2. The following items must be sent directly to: Office of Graduate Admissions, The University of Memphis , 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152-3370

  • Official transcripts
  • Official scores for GRE and TOEFL

3. The following items must be submitted to: Bioinformatics Admission, University of Memphis, 402 Smith Chemistry Bldg., Memphis, TN 38152. All materials may be emailed directly to bioinformatics@memphis.edu.

  • A separate application to the Bioinformatics Program. (Click here to download application)
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A personal statement including research interests, prior academic preparation, work and research experience related to bioinformatics, and long-range career/professional goals.

Dual Majors

It is possible to obtain a Master's in Bioinformatics while working toward a Ph.D. Degree in other fields such as Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Interested students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a change of status application form for evaluation and approval by the Program Director. Note: You must indicate that you will be finishing your current degree program to be considered a double major.

For more information, visit http://www.memphis.edu/bioinformatics or contact the Bioinformatics Director: Dr. Ramin Homayouni, bioinformatics@memphis.edu.

Transfer credit

Credit towards a graduate degree does not transfer automatically. Credit previously earned at another institution must be presented for evaluation no later than the end of the student's second semester of enrollment. Approved transfer credit may be accepted for one-half the number of semester hours of course credit toward the Master's in Bioinformatics Degree. If the student is transferring credit from a completed degree in a related field, up to 15 credit hours may be transferred. For more information on transfer credits, click here.  The transfer credit evaluation form can be found on the Graduate School website or by clicking here

Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics

The Certificate in Bioinformatics will provide training in genomics, statistics and computer science to students with a background in other scientific disciplines. The goals of the program are to provide:

  • Knowledge of probability and statistics, statistical tools, and application of statistical methods to genomics and health related areas.
  • Knowledge of computer programming, data structures and algorithm design.
  • Knowledge of genomic technologies and analysis of genomic data.


To apply for admission, students must fill out the University of Memphis online application found here. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in science or engineering with a minimum GPA of 2.75. International students must have a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

Applicants must also submit the following documents to the Bioinformatics program coordinator (bioinformatics@memphis.edu):

  • A separate application to the Bioinformatics Program. (Click here to download application)
  • A personal statement including research interests, prior academic preparation, work and research experience related to bioinformatics, and long-range career/professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Students who are currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral program at the University of Memphis or other universities will be eligible for admission into the Bioinformatics Certificate Program based on the recommendation from their graduate advisor.


Completion of 15 semester hours distributed as follows:

  • COMP 6001 Computer Programming (3 hr)
  • COMP 6030 Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3 hr)
  • BINF 7701 Introduction to Genomics and Bioinformatics (3 hr)
  • PUBH 7150 Biostatistical Methods I (3 hr)
  • PUBH 7153 Biostatistics in Bioinformatics (3 hr)


Student must complete all five required courses with an average grade of B (3.0) or higher, for a total of 15 credit hours.
In the semester of graduation, the student must submit the Intent to Graduate form to the Graduate School and a Graduate Certificate Candidacy form to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline specified by the Graduate School.