Master of Science in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
George Mason University

Program Details

Scientists in bioinformatics and computational biology collect, store, analyze, interpret, and present complex biological data. Through biological analysis and high-performance computing, critical contributions are made to basic biology, disease detection, drug design, modeling biosystems, forensics, agriculture, and environmental sciences. This program addresses growing national and regional demand for trained computational biologists. Graduates are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge and applications of current bioinformatics methods and the ability to develop and use new bioinformatics software.


  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in science, math, engineering, or computer science
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in bachelor’s program
  • Demonstrate completion of two semesters of courses in each of the following: Integral Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Demonstrate completion of one statistics course
  • Possess strengths in one or more of the following: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Physical Chemistry
  • Have a working knowledge of a computer programming language
  • Two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Goals statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or individuals who have personal knowledge of your academic or professional capabilities
  • Official GRE scores (waived if student already holds a master’s degree from a US institution)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges