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Online Master of Science in Biotechnology: Bioinformatics

Biotechnology: Bioinformatics
Master's Concentration
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • Program restrictions apply
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Put yourself on the frontlines of 21st-century science and medicine with an online master’s degree in biotechnology with a concentration in bioinformatics from University of Maryland Global Campus. Learn fundamental skills and modern techniques from experienced instructors with professional experience. Save money on textbooks by utilizing the no-cost digital course materials available in most courses. And gain the career-relevant knowledge that you need to advance in your career!

Blend Science & Big Data in an Online Graduate Program

This program has been designed from the ground up with the needs of working adults in mind. Master the latest techniques in next-generation sequencing data; genome assembly and annotation; variant detection; metagenomics; and more as you prepare for a job in a modern molecular biology lab or other biological setting. Gain crucial knowledge in biology, mathematics, computer science, and data science that may help you stand out in several key industries. Some courses in this program feature external collaborators (such as industry- or university-based principal investigators) who will periodically work with students to solve issues they are currently facing in the industry, giving students a rare opportunity to hone their skills in a practical setting.

By enrolling in this program, you may be able to take advantage of the following benefits: 

  • This program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master’s degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.
  • This biotechnology program curriculum features 12 credits of core coursework and 21 credits of concentration coursework delving deeper into bioinformatics.
  • Our innovative online classroom includes 24-hour technical support.

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Develop Advanced Skills & Knowledge

Bioscience companies are looking for employees who are agile, adaptive to new information, and ready to analyze large sets of crucial information (using innovative techniques such as high-throughput screening). This online master’s program is designed to help you expand your skill sets in areas such as data analysis, workflow management, regulatory compliance, and management. You’ll use data reduction techniques and neural networks (AI) to analyze big data.

Our program directors refresh and update the curriculum regularly, with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals:

Pursue Highly Valued STEM Skills

Professional Science Master's Program

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Professional Science Master's Program

This program has received a special designation as a  Professional Science Master’s Degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

"Professional Science Master’s (PSMs) are designed for students seeking a STEM graduate degree who understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers. The PSM is a perfect fit for professionals because it allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science or math without a PhD, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills."

Source: Professional Science Masters Website

Pursue Solutions to Our Nation's Boldest Goals

This online master's program is designed to help you prepare for cutting-edge careers in several areas, such as computational biology, biomedical science, genomics, and more. Potential job titles include bioinformatics software developer, biostatistician, bioinformatician, and biological scientist. UMGC courses are taught by experienced faculty and address skills and competencies that are highly valued by today’s employers.

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Economic Impact
The U.S. bioscience industry generated $2.9 trillion in economic impact in 2021.
Source: BIO | “The U.S. Bioscience Industry: Fostering Innovation and Driving America's Economy Forward” | 2022
Bioscience Employment
National bioscience industry employment surpassed 2.1 million jobs in 2021, encompassing sectors such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.
Source: BIO | “The U.S. Bioscience Industry: Fostering Innovation and Driving America's Economy Forward” | 2022
Productivity Increase
Bioscience solutions are needed to meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s transformative goal of increasing agricultural productivity by 28 percent in the next 10 years.
Source: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | “Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing” | March 2023
Production Increase
Bioscience solutions are needed to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ transformative goal of increasing the speed of novel drug discovery 10-fold in the next 20 years.
Source: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy | “Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing” | March 2023

Practice Real-World Skills in Your Courses

Throughout your online master’s curriculum, your instructors will assign coursework that will help you prioritize in-depth skills and experience and pursue career paths in the field. In past courses, students have been able to complete the following course projects:

  • Use metagenomics and phylogenetics analyses on sequencing data.
  • Use LDA & PCA analysis to work with data.
  • Perform a genome assembly and annotation project.
  • Develop neural networks (AI) for analyzing real-world data on human diseases.

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