What will I learn?

The Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering offers a program leading to degrees in Bioinformatics at both the master’s and doctoral levels.

The thesis track is designed for MS in Bioinformatics students who are interested in conducting research. This track is strongly advised if you may be interested in pursuing a PhD in the future.

Researching and writing a master’s thesis is an academically intensive process that takes the place of 8 credits of traditional coursework. Students work with a faculty advisor to choose a topic of interest, engage in high-level study of that topic, and develop a paper that is suitable for presentation at a conference or submission to a journal.

The thesis experience provides definition to your master’s degree experience and can bolster your application for jobs or doctoral-level study by demonstrating your capabilities.

Master’s thesis students in bioinformatics have recently studied:

  • Strategies for Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Ad2 E3-19K/HLA-A2 Binding Interaction
  • Deconstruction of Polymerase Chain Reaction to Reduce Bias Associated with Degenerate Primers
  • Identifying Ligand Binding Sites of Proteins using Crystallographic Bfactors and Relative Pocket Sizes
  • A Statistical Framework for genset Enrichement Analysis based on DNA Methylation and Gene Expression

Non-Thesis Track

In the non-thesis track, you earn all of your required 36 credit hours from coursework. Of these, 16 must be from courses at the 500 level. There is no comprehensive examination.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (Minimum 36 semester hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,112.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2021

Start date

23 August 2021


College of Engineering

College of Engineering (M/C 159),

851 South Morgan,



60607, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 4-5 year bachelor.

For international students

  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General, quantitative reasoning percentile rank above 50%.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
  • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
  • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
  • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

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


About this uni

University of Illinois at Chicago ranks No. 7 on the Best Values list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings

  • Chicago’s largest university with 30,000 students
  • Among the most diverse college campuses in the nation
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention
  • World-class research focus and facilities