Program Outline and Objectives

This program is a traditional thesis-based program and thus places more emphasis on cutting edge bioinformatics research. Areas of focus have included agricultural science, ecology, evolution, genetics, medicine, and veterinary science. Applicants identify an advisor prior to admission into the program and research is conducted under the advisor’s supervision for the duration of the program, which typically takes six semesters. Students are required to complete four courses and to write and successfully defend a thesis.

Degree Requirements

A total of 2.0 credits are required, which must include:

  • BINF*6110 [0.50] Genomic Methods for Bioinformatics
  • BINF*6210 [0.50] Software Tools for Biological Data Analysis and Organization

See the list of recommended courses here.

The advisory committee and/or the graduate program committee may require additional courses. Students are encouraged to speak with their Advisory Committee and the Graduate Coordinator regarding their electives.

When the course work is satisfactorily completed, the submission and successful defence of an appropriate thesis on an approved topic completes the requirements for the MSc in Bioinformatics.