PhD in Bioinformatics

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Physical sciences, engineering, computer science, mathematics, or biology. Students from other areas are also encouraged to apply if their backgrounds indicate a reasonable chance of success in the program.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General, quantitative reasoning percentile rank above 50%.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website at http://grad.uic.edu/deadlines, including deadline for applicants who require funding.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 108 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work At least 32 hours must be at the 500-level, excluding BIOE 599.
Required Courses
Seminar on Bioengineering (2 hours)
Additional required courses vary by area; contact the department or program for additional required courses in the elective areas.
  • Examinations 
    • Departmental Qualifying Examination: Required.
    • Preliminary Examination: Required.
  • Dissertation Required. Students must earn at least 44 semester hours in BIOE 599.
  • Other Requirements Each student is required to present at least two seminars prior to graduation. Students must be registered during the semester of intended graduation.