Graduate Certificate Program Director: Dr. Philippe Georgel
Byrd Biotech Building, 241-P
Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics requires 15 hours of course credit. The Certificate is designed to complement existing degrees and to suit the needs of students and professionals who want to specialize in the fast-growing field of Bioinformatics.


Program Highlights:
  • The curriculum represents a collaborative effort of the College of Science, College of Information Technology and Engineering, and the Marshall University School of Medicine.
  • Students will acquire the necessary skills to analyze and interpret the large data sets associated with the use of modern technology.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:
Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Bioinformatics Scientists 19-1029.01
Computer and Information Research Scientists 15-1111.00
Information Technology Project Managers 15-1199.09


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Curriculum:  5 courses | 15 credits
Courses Credits
CS 505: Computing for Bioinformatics 3
BSC 550: Molecular Biology 3
CS 645: Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics 3
Elective courses (2) 6


Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $300

Admission Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • No admission test score required.

Certificate Application Essentials

How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Bioinformatics Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students already enrolled in advanced degree programs in Biology or Biomedical Sciences should submit a Secondary Program Request Form  for which there is no application fee.

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)