Dual Degree Program

Students who are interested in obtaining a Bioinformatics master’s degree while pursuing another degree are strongly encouraged to consult with master's Program Director, Dr. Alla Karnovsky prior to applying for the program.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is August 1. Students should apply for the program towards the end of their first year. Please check the department admissions page for a list of required materials to accompany the online dual degree application. 

Program requirements

Course planning should be discussed with the Program Director, Dr. Alla Karnovsky, and information can be located on the department website.

Dual degree PhD/MS students are required to take one semester of Journal Club BIOINF 602 or, if space is available, BIOINF 603.

Dual degree MS/MS students are required to take both BIOINF 602 and BIOINF 603. 

Additional requirements

Please note that as well as course requirements, PhD students must have at least one DCMB faculty (primary or joint) on their dissertation committee. Plus, students are required to have a bioinformatics-related chapter in their final dissertation which must be approved by the DCMB faculty as sufficient. Dual degree PhD/MS students will have their MS degree conferred in their final term, at the same time as their PhD degree.

Dr. Karnovsky is the primary advisor for the Dual Degree Master’s Program. Students should make advising appointments with her while completing the program, to ensure all requirements are met.