Bioinformatics Program

dual-degree program: bs biology - ms bioinformatics



The Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics Program along with the Department of Biological Sciences offers a Dual-Degree BS/MS in Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics. This "Pipeline" program is available to students at the end of their second year at the University of Toledo. The pipeline program is part of the new UToledo School of Biomarker Research & Individualized Medicine (BRIM), and the Colleges of Medicine & Life Sciences and of Natural Science & Mathematics.

How the Pipeline Program Works:
IN 5.5 YEARS, you can receive a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences AND a Masters degree in Bioinformatics
If you are in UT's BSc program in Biological Sciences, or University of Findlay's biology degree program, you can take up to 9 semester credit hours of graduate coursework that can count towards BOTH the BSc degree AND the MSc in Bioinformatics. Getting both degrees this way allows you to:

    • Save between 1 and 2 years over what it would take to earn both degrees separately
    • Save the tuition and housing costs associated with that extra time
    • The GRE is not required for the pipeline program.
    • Improve job prospects or your chances of getting into top-tier graduate/professional programs
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The UToledo Biology-Bioinformatics Pipeline offers you two degrees in rapidly-growing and high-demand fields – a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and an M.S. in Bioinformatics. The time savings comes from:

  • Counting nine credit hours (three 3 cr Bioinformatics courses) towards both degrees, as allowed by the State of Ohio.
  • Exemption for the M.S. of certain required courses, based on having taken required Biology courses.


  • You need to have declared your major as biological sciences, but can apply at any time.
  • You must have completed at least one term at UT, including having taken at least one UToledo biology course. In other words, AP test-based and transfer credits are acceptable, but we would like to see evidence of your performance at UT.
  • If you apply as a freshman (second-semester), sophomore or junior, you can get the fullest benefit of shortening time-to-graduation offered by the pipeline. Also, if you qualify for Choose Ohio First support (Ohio residents), the earlier you enter the pipeline program the more terms of tuition scholarship you can obtain. See "Funding" section below for more information.
  • If you apply as a senior, it is too late to benefit from the pipeline’s counting of 9 credit hours towards both degrees, but you can still be considered for early decision regarding the bioinformatics masters program and get a “running start” on the masters degree.


  • A completed application form (click here to download).
  • A total GPA of ≥3.0 (4-point scale), and ≥3.3 in biology courses taken to date.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from your advisor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and the other can be from any UToledo faculty member who knows you well enough to write a meaningful letter. These letters can be a few sentences, that simply indicate why the advisor / faculty member feels you would be successful in the pipeline program.
  • A short resume (high school, employment, interests), and a paragraph on why you would like to enter the Biology-Bioinformatics pipeline program.
  • You do NOT need to take the GRE.
  • If you are an international student, or your native language is not English, then TOEFL scores are needed. (We require a score of 550 or higher for the paper-administered version, 213 or higher for the computer-administered version, and 80 or higher for the Internet-administered version).


Choose Ohio First: The COF Scholarship is currently available to eligible BS-MSBS Students and covers the full tuition costs of undergraduate and graduate terms for awardees.

Eligible students include: 

  • Undergraduate Ohio residents or Ohio residents returning to Ohio for graduate school after completing undergraduate studies in other states or countries
  • Scholars enrolled in full-time or part-time study
  • First year students only (first time degree-seeking at the institution) at the date of initial COF cohort awards.
  • Student must major in one of the school’s eligible COF programs of study (see here)
  • Former College Credit Plus (CCP) students are welcome to apply.

For more about the COF scholarship please click on the blue "Choose Ohio First" link above.

Students who accept Choose Ohio First tuition scholarships sign a promissory note, indicating that the scholarship funding is converted into a repayable loan ONLY IF the student chooses not to proceed with the masters portion of the pipeline curriculum. Students are free to enter the pipeline program without COF support.

Even with no scholarship support, this program will save you a substantial amount of money compared to separately completing the two degree programs (see Cost Comparison below). In addition, some tuition scholarships and stipends are available for the graduate portion of the pipeline program. 

COST COMPARISON:  Pipeline vs. BS + MSBS Taken Separately
$56,625 = approximate cost of tuition only for BS and MSBS taken separately
$49,103 = approximate costs of tuition only for the Pipeline Program
$7,522 Savings.

Complete financial details can be found at the UToledo Treasurer's Office here.



* Begin to follow pipeline curriculum as you register for classes.

Choose your advisor during your 4th year spring term. Together you will choose your Thesis Committee Members.

Plan of Study form must be completed and submitted during your 4th year spring term. 

* Graduate Research Advisory (GRAD) form must be completed and submitted during your 4th year spring term.

* Students need to apply to the Graduate School at the beginning of the 4th year fall term. Click here to apply. This is required, as you will being taking ALL graduate courses in the spring term of your 4th year. Documents you will be required to submit: Online application, Statement of Purpose, resume. Recommendation letters submitted when you applied to the pipeline can be used.

*Please Note:  After your 4th year fall semester, ANY UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS YOU HAVE WILL NO LONGER BE APPLICABLE.  This is because you will begin taking all graduate courses in your 4th year spring semester.  If you are awarded a stipend at this time, it will be funded by the Graduate School.

 * Qualifying Exam should be taken by end of, or immediately following, 4th year spring semester. See Meagan Bell to schedule.


QUESTIONS:   Contact any of the following.

Amanda Seabolt-Martin, Biological Sciences Academic Advisor
Meagan Bell, Bioinformatics Program Secretary                      
Dr. John Gray, Biological Sciences Pipeline Advisor                  
Dr. Bob Blumenthal, Bioinformatics Program Director              





Last Updated: 8/1/19