Program Outline and Objectives

The doctorate program is research-based and aims to develop students who are experts in bioinformatics and who contribute to current research. Applicants identify an advisor prior to admission into the program, and research is conducted under the advisor’s supervision. PhD programs typically take twelve semesters. Students are required to complete one course, pass a qualifying exam, and write and successfully defend a thesis.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 1.0 credit is required, which must include:

  • BINF*6500 [1.00] PhD Research Writing in Bioinformatics

The program committee and the advisory committee may, and usually will, require additional courses. After the prescribed course work is satisfactorily completed, a qualifying examination is taken. Finally, the submission and successful defence of an appropriate thesis on an approved topic completes the requirements for the PhD in Bioinformatics.