MS in Data Science -

A 30-credit bioinformatics data science master’s degree focused on cutting-edge biological data collection and analysis.

The University of Connecticut’s (UConn) Master’s (MS) in Data Science - Bioinformatics concentration is a 30-credit on-campus (Storrs Campus) graduate degree focused on data science methods used within bioinformatic-related fields. Consisting of 18 credits of UConn data science core courses paired with 9 credits of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) specific courses, the program culminates with a 3-credit capstone project. The capstone experience provides graduates an in-depth understanding of how to apply data science knowledge and techniques to bioinformatic-related fields.


An MS in bioinformatics degree driving healthcare breakthroughs.

Within the Bioinformatics Data Science Master’s concentration students explore the development and application of algorithms and analysis tools used to assess large biological-related data sets. Data science is pivotal in the assessment and exploration of genetic sequencing, genome assembly, drug design and discovery, protein structure alignment and prediction, and cell division helping to pave the way for eradication of diseases such as cancer. This technology and skillset is part of a disruptive technology sweeping the healthcare industry. Bioinformatics would not be possible without the skills and methodologies brought to the practice by data science professionals.

Core Courses

  • STAT 5405 Applied Statistics for Data Science (3 credits)
  • STAT 5125 Statistical Computing for Data Science (3 credits)
  • CSE 5819 Introduction to Machine Learning (3 credits)
  • CSE 5713 Data Mining and Management (3 credits)
  • OPIM 5501 Data Visualization and Communication (2 credits)
  • EPSY 5641 Research Design and Measurement for Data Science (2 credits)
  • ARE 5353 Data Ethics and Equity (2 credits)

Specialty Courses (choose 3 of the following)

  • CSE 5800 Bioinformatics (3 Credits)
  • CSE 5815 Systems Biology: Constructing Biological Knowledgebase (3 Credits)
  • CSE 5840 String Algorithms and Applications in Bioinformatics (3 Credits)
  • CSE 5860 Computational Problems in Evolutionary Genomics (3 Credits)

Capstone Project

  • GRAD 5800 Applied Capstone in Data Science (3 credits)

Department Contact

Ion Mandoiu

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Median Salary

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Application Deadline

Fall 2023: June 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

UConn’s Master’s in Data Science is an 11-month cohort based full-time in-person program and is eligible for F-1 and J-1 visa sponsorship. Courses are offered on the University of Connecticut’s Storrs, CT USA Campus. This program is eligible for the STEM OPT extension that affords certain F-1 graduate students an opportunity to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). The program does not offer graduate assistantships and scholarships at this time.