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Bioinformatics Masters Degree Program Admissions

A. Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's requirements for admission to the Graduate School.

Specific requirements:

  • GRE scores are required and are an important factor for admission;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 210 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (for students whose native language is not English);
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • A letter of intent and statement of purpose, explaining your reasons for applying to the Bioinformatics Program.

B. Prerequisites

Satisfactory completion of at least two undergraduate level courses in each of the following disciplines: biology, mathematics and computer science. Students should have some background in computer programming, data structures, statistics, and molecular biology. Students deficient in prerequisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

C. Application Procedure

1. For information on how to apply to the University of Memphis Graduate           School click here

2. The following items must be sent directly to: Office of Graduate Admissions, The University of Memphis , 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, TN 38152-3370

3. The following items must be submitted to Bioinformatics Admission, University of Memphis, 402 Smith Chemistry Bldg., Memphis, TN 38152.

  • Submit an Application to the BINF program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent and statement of purpose

D. Dual Majors

It is possible to obtain a Master's in Bioinformatics while working toward a Ph.D. Degree in other fields such as Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. Interested students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit a change of status application form for evaluation and approval by the Program Director.  Note: You must indicate that you will be finishing your current degree program to be considered a double major.

For more information, visit or contact the Bioinformatics Director: Dr. Ramin Homayouni,

University of Memphis Graduate School Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

• Fall Semester - July 1

• Spring Semester - December 1

• Summer Semester - May 1

International Applicants:

• Fall Semester - May 1

• Spring Semester - September 15

• Summer Semester - February 1

More information for international students, please click here:admission for international students.

Download 2014-2015 Bioinformatics Student Handbook.

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