College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science, Concentration in Bioinformatics


  • The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Science with a concentration in Bioinformatics is designed for those interested in research careers, whether academic, commercial, or governmental. Graduates often go on to postdoctoral training, or jobs in biotechnology, academia, or government agencies.
  • Involves six core courses in bioinformatics, plus additional courses in molecular biology, electives, and a research project leading to a thesis. Short commercial internships may be taken as an elective.

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Applicants to the Ph.D. degree must meet the following requirements, in addition to those of the College of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the Graduate School website to see any additional requirements.

1. Online application form. Students who have already applied to the Program can check their application status online. 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:

    • U.S. students with GPA above 3.0
    • UToledo 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 letters 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. 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). 

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Last Updated: 6/27/22