What will I learn?

Research scientists in bioinformatics design computational tools and data science applications that make sense of staggering amounts of data, developing solutions with life-saving results. The Ph.D. degree program in Bioinformatics at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI immerses you in course projects, independent research investigations, and lab rotations that integrate informatics, technology, statistics, computation, biology, genetics, math, other life science fields and many other disciplines in new ways.

The Ph.D. in Informatics with Bioinformatics specialization is a 90-credit-hour program that integrates knowledge from informatics, computation, information systems, mathematics, biology and other related areas.

The program includes core courses, research rotations, your choice of minor, qualifying examinations and a dissertation.

Core Courses (Core A: 18 cr.)

INFO B519 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
INFO B573 Programming for Chem/Life Science (3 cr.)
INFO B556 Biological Database Management (3 cr.)
INFO B590 Computational Methods for Analyzing High-Throughput Data in Biomedicine (3 cr.)
CSCI 590 Algorithms in Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
INFO B600 Professionalism and Pedagogy in Informatics (3 cr.)

Advanced Courses (Core B: 12 cr.)

Select four:

INFO B529 Machine Learning in Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
INFO B619 Structural Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
INFO B646 Computational System Biology (3 cr.)
INFO B656 Translational Bioinformatics Applications (3 cr.)
GRAD 652/R607 Biostatistics II / Advanced Statistics (3 cr.)
INFO B590 Next Generation Sequencing (3 cr.)

Seminar Courses (6 cr.)

INFO B627 Advanced Seminar I – Bioinformatics (3 cr.)
INFO B637 Advanced Seminar II – Bioinformatics (3 cr.)

Independent Study/Rotation (6 cr.)

Students are required to take 6 credit hours of rotation as part of the thesis research credits. It is recommended to take these credit hours early in the Ph.D. program by enrolling in INFO B790.

May be taken twice

INFO B790 Independent Study/Rotation (3 cr.)


No minimum or maximum credits
Students may take other electives (subject to approval) at the graduate level as needed for their specific research.

Which department am I in?

School of Informatics and Computing

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,183.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Any applicant who has a Bachelor's or a Master's degree from an accredited institution and shows promise for successfully completing all the degree requirements will be considered for admission to this program. In addition to satisfying general Indiana University Graduate School requirements for admission, applicants must have at least a B (3.00 GPA) average in courses taken during the last two years of their earlier degree studies, and a grade of B+ (3.50 GPA) in courses required as prerequisites for the program.

For international students

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree (with demonstrated technical skills)
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 3.0 (4.0 point scale)

Bioinformatics - Successful applicants must have a strong background in computing, information technology, or biology. You should be able to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required of the undergraduate Informatics degree.

English language requirements:

All non-native speakers of English must also submit proof of English proficiency unless the applicant has a Bachelor's degree or higher from the US or a predominantly English-speaking country.

  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 79
  • TOEFL (paper-based) a minimum score of 550
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 7 Check with your academic department for approval
  • Any ELS Centre located in the US or Canada - Level 112 Check with your academic department for approval

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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