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Master's Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

The field of bioinformatics is transforming the biotech industry and is one of the fastest growing job growth areas.  A degree in bioinformatics and computational biology from Saint Louis University's will prepare you for working in industry, academia or continuing on to a doctoral program. Read on to see how a degree in bioinformatics from SLU can launch your career.

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Three Degree Paths

Saint Louis University's bioinformatics and computational biology program offers three degree paths.

Why Study Bioinformatics and Computational Biology?


The use of computational techniques and information systems has revolutionized research in the biological sciences — from the analysis of DNA sequences and the understanding of gene expression to the evolutionary relationship between species.

If I were a senior or first-year graduate student interested in biology, I would migrate as fast as I could into the field of computational biology...There are vast quantities of high-quality data accessible to anybody who has the skills to find the nuggets of truth that are hiding in that information.”

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Institutes for Health

Advances in bioinformatics and computational biology may now play a central role in many fields such as genetics, genomics, biochemistry, pharmacology, ecology, medical imaging and structural biology.

Why Saint Louis University?

Our graduates gain expertise in the fundamentals of computation and analysis of big data sets, and the use of computational methods to model and solve problems involving complex biological systems. You’ll also gain valuable research and industry experiences that will leave you well prepared for careers in biotechnology and related fields, or for further research in doctoral programs.

Program Highlights

  • Exceptional placement rate for graduates in either professional bioinformatics positions or in Ph.D. programs in related fields.
  • Opportunities to conduct research at Saint Louis University and at surrounding institutions.

Why St. Louis?

St. Louis has one of the largest and fastest growing biotechnology sectors in the nation. Our industry advisory board includes representatives from Bayer, BioSTL, Cofactor Genomics, Confluence Discovery Technologies, Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, MilliporeSigma, MOGene, PierianDx and Nestle-Purina. These organizations provide a rich landscape for internships and employment opportunities for bioinformatics and computational biology students.