FAQ

Is there any residency requirement?

No, students are not required to come to campus at anytime during the program.

How many courses are required? Are there any electives?

This is an 11 course program, five core courses, four bioinformatics concentration courses and one elective each in Biotechnology and Computer Science.

Are courses online different from the courses taken in the classroom?

The content covered in the online version of a course is exactly the same as the content in the onsite course. All of our online courses are taught onsite at least twice before they are converted to online delivery to ensure that the same material is covered in both the online and onsite classrooms.

Can I still apply if I don’t have all the pre-requisites?

You may apply if you do not have all the pre-requisites. Four pre-requisites, 410.302 Bio-Organic Chemistry, 410.601 Biochemistry, and 410.645 Biostatistics, and 605.202 Data Structures are available online. Introduction to Programming is not available online at JHU. Other colleges and universities do have this course online. You have up to one year to complete the pre-requisite courses.

How long do I have to complete the program?

You have up to five years to complete the program. If you do not register for three semesters, you will be considered inactive and you will need to reapply to the program in order to continue.

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Students accepted into the MS in Bioinformatics program are eligible for financial aid and should contact the Financial Aid office at 410-516-8028.

Am I required to take the GRE or TOEFL?

The GRE is not required but the program committee reserves to right to request GRE scores from students if additional information is required. The TOEFL test is required if your undergraduate degree was not completed in the United States.

If I start in the fully online program, but then want to take some courses onsite, will I be allowed to do so?

Yes, you may take courses onsite if you choose to do so. Or if you are an onsite student but wish to take courses online, you may do so.

Can I transfer from the MS in Biotechnology or the MS in Computer Science into the MS in Bioinformatics?

Yes, you may transfer. All relevant coursework will be counted toward the MS in Bioinformatics. If you would like to transfer, you must complete the Change of Program Form and submit it to the Office of Registration at: aapregistration@jhu.edu.

Does this degree require a thesis? 

There is no thesis requirement for this degree. Students can choose to do an independent research project as one of their electives. Students must find their own mentor and submit a research proposal to the bioinformatics program committee for approval before starting the project. There is a thesis option where students take a semester of Independent Research Project followed by a semester of Thesis. The program is then 12 courses.

Is the fully online degree the same as the onsite degree? 

Yes, the degrees are exactly the same and there is no indication on your diploma or your transcript of the mode of delivery of the courses.

Is this program open to International Students?

International students are welcome to apply to the MS in Bioinformatics. Students must take the TOEFL and have a course by course evaluation of their transcripts by service such as the World Education Service (WES). The TOEFL score and WES evaluation should be sent directly to the admissions office.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For applications, contact 1-800-847-3330. For advising, contact Dr. Robert Lessick, MS in Bioinformatics Program Director at 410-516-8989 or email.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.