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Online Biotechnology Master's Degree


Biotechnology: Bioinformatics
Master's Specialization
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $524 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Learn the tools to unlock the next big discovery while gaining real-world industry experience.

Bioinformatics blends biology, computer science, and mathematics in order to analyze the massive quantities of big data being generated today. With an online master’s degree in biotechnology with a bioinformatics specialization from University of Maryland Global Campus, you can prepare to become a qualified bioinformatics professional for public- or private-sector organizations and join the teams doing crucial work in this industry. 

Total Credits Required: 36

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 640)
  • (3 Credits, BIOT 630)
  • (3 Credits, BIOT 645)
  • (3 Credits, BIOT 643)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, BIFS 613)
  • (3 Credits, BIFS 614)
  • (3 Credits, BIFS 617)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 651)
  • (3 Credits, BIFS 618)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 652)
  • (3 Credits, BIFS 619)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 670I)

  • (3 Credits, BIOT 601), if required, may be taken concurrently with (3 Credits, BIOT 640).
  • (3 Credits, BIOT 640) must be taken as the first program course.
  • You must complete all core courses with the BIOT designator in the order listed before starting any specialization coursework.
  • (3 Credits, STAT 200) or an equivalent statistics course (with a minimum grade of C for an undergraduate course, B for a graduate course) is prerequisite to (3 Credits, BIFS 613).
  • (3 Credits, BIFS 617) is prerequisite to (3 Credits, BIFS 618) and (3 Credits, BIFS 619).
  • (3 Credits, BIOT 670I) must be taken after you complete 30 credits of program coursework toward the M.S. in Biotechnology. The course is not offered in summer. Check the Schedule of Classes to learn more about the availability of the capstone course.

General Master's Degree Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.
Sequence Course
1 (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
2 (3 Credits, BIOT 640)
3 (3 Credits, BIOT 630)
4 (3 Credits, BIOT 645)
5 (3 Credits, BIOT 643)
6 (3 Credits, BIFS 613)
7 (3 Credits, DBST 651)
8 (3 Credits, DBST 652)
9 (3 Credits, BIFS 614)
10 (3 Credits, BIFS 617)
11 (3 Credits, BIFS 618)
12 (3 Credits, BIFS 619)
13 (3 Credits, BIOT 670I)
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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to help prepare you for a high-demand job in bioinformatics in a public or private-sector organization. Potential employers include corporate organizations and government agencies as well as academic institutions.

Noel N. (right), San Juan, PR

Biotechnology Jobs
There are more than 287,000 people employed in the biotechnology industry in the United States as of 2020.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | “Biotechnology in the US Employment Statistics 2005-2026" | 2020

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Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs are designed for students who are seeking a graduate degree in science or mathematics and understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers.

Additional Program Information

  • You must complete a molecular biology course, with a minimum grade of C for an undergraduate course or B for a graduate course, to be accepted into this program; upon submission of an official transcript, you may be accepted into the degree program without a molecular biology course, but you must take either a college-level molecular biology course or (3 Credits, BIOT 601) before the required program core.
  • If you have no prior coursework in statistics, you must take (3 Credits, STAT 200) (or equivalent) before taking (3 Credits, BIFS 613).

We recommend you have previous experience statistics and programming. Strong writing skills are encouraged.

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