Accelerated M.S. in Bioinformatics

Highly motivated Georgetown B.S. in Human Science students can complete the M.S. in Bioinformatics in one semester.

The Master of Science in Bioinformatics program encompasses the most recent development and application of computational tools and techniques for the collection, analysis, management, and visualization of biological data, as well as modeling and simulation methods for the study of biological systems. It prepares students for careers in the fields of bioinformatics, molecular biology, computational biology, systems biology, medical informatics, and biotechnology.

The program includes hands-on computer labs, experience-building projects, and a bioinformatics internship. The 16-week internship provides opportunities to work with Georgetown’s prestigious bioinformatics faculty or bioinformatics professionals in the leading bioinformatics, biomedical and biotechnology institutions in the Washington area.


HSCI students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major are eligible for the accelerated master’s program. Apply to this program by October 1 of your junior year. Students who wish to apply should inquire with Sumaira Akber, Assistant Dean, School of Health, or Jason Tilan, Director of Accelerated BGE Pathways, Department of Human Science.

For more information about our program and admissions, please contact us.


Undergraduates start taking master’s courses in their senior year, earning the master’s degree in the fall after completing the Bachelor of Science.

Human Science Accelerated Master's Program Timeline. HSCI Junior Fall/Spring: Apply to M.S. program; in Spring, HSCI 3090. HSCI Senior Fall: HSCI 4972, 2 M.S. courses. HSCI Senior Spring: 2 HSCI core courses, 2 M.S. courses. M.S. Program Fall: Complete M.S. requirements.

Suggested Degree Plan

Junior – Spring

Take HSCI 3090 Immunology in this semester.

Senior – Fall

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4972 Human Science Seminar/Capstone I3
BINF 5240 Bioinformatics Computing5
BINF 5210 Bioinformatics+BINF 5860 Molecular Biology for Bioinformatics combined6
14 Credits

Senior – Spring

Course NameCredit(s)
HSCI 4510 Physiological Adaptations4
HSCI 4973 Human Science Seminar/Capstone II3
BINF 5800 Systems Biology and Bioinformatics3
BINF 5990 Next Gen Sequencing Data Analysis+BINF 5220 Machine Learning combined5
15 Credits

Upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, you will receive your bachelor’s degree and may participate in Commencement with your undergraduate class. Contact your advising dean for more information.

Master’s – Fall

Complete the Biomedical Graduate Education Orientation at the start of the semester.

Course NameCredit(s)
BINF 5730 Bioinformatics Seminar Series I1
BINF 7950 Bioinformatics Internship Proposal1
SYSM 5910 Biomedical Informatics3
PHSL 6504 Biostatistics3
BINF 7951 Bioinformatics Internship0
Graduate elective(s)
(view recommended electives)
11 Credits

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