What will I learn?

Chem-bioinformatics, also known as computational biology, is an interdisciplinary field of study that leverages chemistry, biochemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science to develop novel algorithms, databases and other in silicon methods to facilitate the efficient and quantitative modeling and analysis of "big" data sets generated from in vitro and in vivo chemical and biological studies and experiments. Put more succinctly, chem-bioinformatics is the science of developing and applying computational methods to collect, store, organize, retrieve, analyze and draw inferences from massive chemical, biochemical, biophysical and biological data sets. The methods, tools, results and conclusions of the chem-bioinformatics research community have important implications for fields ranging from medicine, to drug discovery, to genomics, to evolutionary biology and beyond.

In this program students will: Strengthen their theoretical knowledge of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biochemistry, Strengthen their theoretical knowledge of computer science, mathematics and statistics, Develop theoretical expertise in chem-bioinformatics, Develop practical, hands on skills in chem-bioinformatics, Learn to develop and apply novel computational methods for collecting, storing, organizing, retrieving, analyzing and modeling "big" chemical and biological data sets, Learn how to create databases, algorithms and other computational and statistical techniques to solve formal and practical problems and analyze relationships arising from massive chemical and biological data sets. For example, students will have opportunities to explore the use of advanced computational and mathematical methods, such as graph theory, neural networks and machine learning, to study genes and gene networks, protein structure, function and evolution, and cellular systems biology, Learn how chem-bioinformatics can be leverage to develop novel, safe and effective drugs to treat cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, infectious maladies and other diseases, Learn to effectively communicate scientific information, in both written and oral forms

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Start date

August 2020, January 2021


Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue,



06825, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International graduate students must possess the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

For international students

An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent institution as determined by Sacred Heart University, is required to be conferred by the SHU admissions deadline (October 1).

Applicants educated outside the U.S. must utilize a transcript evaluation service to verify their degree and course work. The academic record must show credits and grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher learning.

English Language Requirements: TOEFL PBT: 570; TOEFL iBTL: 80, IELTS: 6.5 (EXCEPTION: Computer Science, IT, Chemistry, Healthcare Informatics may consider IELTS 6.0), SHU ESL Exam: 80% (must be approved by SHU), PTE: 62; iTEP: 5, Cambridge Advanced English: 58, Completion of ELS 112 or EF Level C1

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About this uni

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence