BME Graduate Studies

The Department of Biomolecular Engineering offers two Graduate Training Programs:

The M.S. Program in Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformations
The M.S. program is designed for students who desire focused training in computational biology and prepares students for career advancement in the biotechnology and biomedical research fields. The program duration is typically one to two years.

The PhD Program in Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics
The PhD program is formulated as the BMEB track of the umbrella Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (PBSE).

Applications for both programs are accepted annually from October 1st through December 1st at the UCSC Graduate Application Web Site for a fall quarter start in the following academic year.

Support is available to graduate students through an NIH training grant in bioinformatics, CBSE Diversity Fellowships in Genomic Science, and various other sources detailed on the CBSE web site.

You can see who has finished a graduate bioinformatics degree and where they went in our list of alumni.

Unsolicited comment from a Bioinformatics Ph.D. graduate:

I am whole-heartedly enjoying myself. And to a large degree I think that is because I was very well trained and prepared in grad school. I have a view and skill set that may have seemed the norm back in Santa Cruz, but out here I'm currently occupying a fairly unique position. Not only can I see (many of) the problems and unrealized potentials, but I know how to go all the way from biological theorizing to software development to experimental validation (or invalidation!). I realize now that this is not at all a common background.