ALIGN: Master of Science in Bioinformatics

Program Format
College Name
Entry Terms
Fall: Sept. 6, 2017
Spring: Jan. 8, 2018
Summer: May 7, 2018
Credits Required for Graduation
32 Semester Hours

Program Description

Big Data is one of today’s buzzword. It is also the driving force behind the explosive demand for trained bioinformatics professionals in pharmaceutical research and development, medical and clinical diagnostics, and other life-science industries.

Be In Demand
The global bioinformatics market is
projected to nearly quadruple from
$2.3 billion in 2012 to $9 billion
in 2018.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of science that combines computer science, statistics, mathematics, and engineering to study and process biological data. Computers are used to gather, store, analyze, and integrate biological and genetic information, which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development. The need for bioinformatics capabilities was precipitated by the explosion of publicly available genomic information resulting from the Human Genome Project.

The life sciences are increasingly data-intensive, and the need for individuals with the broad, interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to plan, mine, analyze, and interpret large-scale data sets continues to expand. The MS in Bioinformatics through the ALIGN program is invaluable if your goal is to enter this exciting and growing field.

Program Objectives

Combining challenging academics in biology, computer science, and information technology with practical, real-world experience, the MS in Bioinformatics through the ALIGN program will help you integrate the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence you need to play a pivotal role in an expanding range of life-science fields.

  • Build a core of critical knowledge in bioinformatics computational methods, bioinformatics programming, statistics for bioinformatics, and ethics for biological research
  • Integrate knowledge from biological, computational, and mathematical disciplines
  • Prepare to assume leadership roles in a range of life sciences, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries, including genomics, personalized medicine, drug discovery, and cancer therapy


The MS in Bioinformatics through the ALIGN program combines core coursework in bioinformatics computerized methods, programming, and statistics with graduate electives that offer you the flexibility to specialize and build broader knowledge in both the life sciences and computer sciences. A co-op, frequently completed with leading employers in academia and industry, rounds out the program and assures graduates a competitive edge in the dynamic field of bioinformatics.


  • Molecular Cellular Biology


  • Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1 and 2
  • Bioinformatics Programming
  • Statistics for Bioinformatics
  • Ethics in Biological Research
  • Bioinformatics Seminar


  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Database Management
  • Web Development

Gaining Real-World Experience

As a recognized leader in experiential learning and a trusted source of high-caliber students, Northeastern enjoys relationships with more than 3,000 public and private-sector employers on seven continents. Recent bioinformatics co-op partners have included:

  • Broad Institute
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute
  • Genzyme
  • Millennium
  • Novartis

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Is This Program Right For Me?

Our Bioinformatics through ALIGN Program is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds who have an interest in the field and do not have an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences or Computer Science.

If you have an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences or Computer Science, we recommend that you consider applying to the traditional MS in Bioinformatics program.

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