CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN BIOMARKER RESEARCH & INDIVIDUALIZED MEDICINE (SCHOOL OF BRIM)

Masters in Biomedical Science (MSBS)

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The masters in bioinformatics provides a solid basic background in bioinformatics. The computational and research training positions graduates well for further training (PhD, MD or other doctoral programs), or for jobs in academic or industrial research labs. Application here.  

The masters in bioinformatics is designed for students preparing for research careers in academia, biotechnology companies, or public sector agencies. A selection of courses that provide a solid grounding in modern biomedical science is complemented by training in computational methods. A research project and written thesis completes your preparation. Most students complete the bioinformatics MSBS within 2y. 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES (SLO's) FOR BIOINFORMATICS MSBS DEGREE here 

APPLYING TO THE MASTER'S PROGRAM IN BIOINFORMATICS
Applicants to the MSBS degree with a concentration in Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, must meet the following requirements, in addition to those of the UT Graduate School.  Please refer to the Graduate School website "New Student" page for additional requirements here.

1. Online application form. Students who have already applied to the Program can check their application status online here. If a student's application is incomplete, this site will indicate which documents are missing.

2. GRE: 

         a. GRE requirements have been waived for the following:

    • US students with GPA above 3.0
    • UT or University of Findlay pipeline students
    • Students who can submit recent MCAT scores (25 or higher)            

  b. For all others, our requirement is:  

    • GRE composite score of 300 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical). GRE scores are required and they must be current (within the last five years). The GRE is not required if you have MCAT scores as an alternative (taken by medical science and MD/PhD Program applicants as a national equivalent). 

3. Earned bachelor's degree or earned graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with a degree in progress will be considered.

4. Official transcripts for undergraduate and any graduate education. GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4-pt scale). A student with a GPA of 2.5 or above, but below 3.0, may apply for provisional acceptance . This will change to Regular (non-probationary) status. If their first term graduate coursework has a GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

5. Three letter of recommendation from college faculty or research supervisors, signed and on official letterhead.

6. CV including Statement of Purpose. Previous research experience is considered, but not required. Students can begin at the start of any term, though Fall entry is recommended. Admissions are made on a rolling basis until the class is filled.

7. TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English. We require a score of 550 or higher for the paper-administrated version, 213 or higher for the computer-administered version, and 80 or higher for the Internet-administered version. (IELTS scores are no longer accepted). 

International students can find important information here:

MSBS CURRICULUM SCHEDULE for FALL START  (PDF format)

MSBS CURRICULUM SCHEDULE for SPRING START  (PDF format)

COURSE TIMES and LOCATIONS BY SEMESTER  (PDF format)

Note for Spring Start
:This is not recommended, because courses are taken out of sequence.
However, if need justifies it, we will consider students for Spring start.

SUGGESTED COURSE OPTIONS FOR MSBS STUDENTS

AFTER BEING ACCEPTED INTO THE MSBS PROGRAM

REQUIRED FORMS for current Graduate students are listed below. 

1. After being accepted into the program, a Plan of Study form is required. A partially completed Plan of Study can be found here

2) The G.R.A.D. form (Graduate Research Advisory Committee Approval & Assurances Form) is required prior to the student beginning any research (by the end of the Fall 1 term).  The GRAD form can be found here.

3)  Acceptance of Thesis form can be found here.  Also, please review this page on the Graduate School website for specific instructions on preparing your thesis, and required forms before and after your defense. Please keep in mind that the Qualifying Exam must be taken BEFORE thesis research begins. Exam questions can be found here. From this list, 20 questions will be chosen for your Exam. During the semester you are doing your thesis, you must be registered for at least one credit. This is a Graduate School requirement.  This should be a bioinformatics courseIf you wish to take a course from another program, please discuss this with your advisor and Program Director before registering.


SELECTING A THESIS ADVISOR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS

1) In Fall 1 semester, students will attend, but not register for, a section of the Mentored Research course where all faculty members with openings in their labs present a summary of their research, so students can decide which they want to consider as their Advisor. This is how rotation mentors are chosen by incoming students. 

2) Students are required to do two rotations of 6 weeks duration with two BIPG faculty members of their choosing. In each rotation, the student participates in an on-going research program with each faculty member.  Sometime during the second rotation, students should meet with the Program Director (Dr. Robert Blumenthal), to discuss your choice of advisor.

3) At the end of the first semester of classes, the student chooses an Advisor, after discussing it with the chosen faculty member, and he/she is in agreement.  

4) After an Advisor is chosen, the student must choose a minimum of two other faculty members, which will make up their Thesis Committee.  Students consult with their Advisor, and together they choose their Committee members.  The student will then ask each of the faculty members if they would consider being a part of their Committee.  The Committee will help the student choose electives and plan their Thesis or Scholarly Project.  Committees must be in place BEFORE the student begins their research.

5) After Committee members are chosen, a G.R.A.D. form must be completed, signed, and submitted to the Graduate School. This is required BEFORE your research begins.  

APPROVED ELECTIVE COURSES FOR BIPG MASTER AND PIPELINE DEGREES (in PDF format)
Note: Faculty members not currently on the approved list can be added, if the faculty member and Program both agree.

BIPG6600 INTERNSHIP 1-6cr hours (Optional)
A newly-approved Internship course is now available to master students during their final term, AFTER the completion of thesis research. An exception to this rule is, if the Internship directly contributes to the thesis, it may be taken while the thesis is being written. This must be agreed upon and approved by the student's thesis advisor. Students will gain a learning experience in an industry setting, to enhance their practical training and employability. UT has Internship agreements with Covance, Inc./Indianapolis, IN, Proctor & Gamble Co./Cincinnati, OH, NAMSA, Inc. (North American Science Associates)/Northwood, OH, and ProGenity, Inc./Ann Arbor, MI

Master students who are interested in doing an Internship, DO NOT contact the potential companies on your own, without contacting the BIPG Program first.  Please fill out the simple form found here, and send it in an email to meagan.bell@utoledo.edu.

DEFENSE == THESIS == GRADUATION DEADLINE DATES = = LINKS TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AND REGISTRAR:
Please see "Forms and Deadlines" link on left side bar or our website.

Financial details can be found at the UT Treasurer's Office here.

 

 

 

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patsharmisthaMSBS students attended the GLBIO 2017 Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, May 15-17, 2017


Sharmistha Chakrabortty and Patrick Brennan display their poster at the GLBIO Conference. Basil Khuder was also a contributor to the poster.

 





Last Updated: 10/11/18