Pitt Genome Bioinformatics

We embrace diversity and welcome motivated applicants with backgrounds in diverse fields. Pitt's MS in Genome Bioinformatics program seeks outstanding local, national, and international students with prior training in quantitative or biological sciences and some programming/coding experience.


  1. U.S. bachelor’s or graduate degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics, computer science, biology, biotechnology, or related field.
  2. A course in calculus or statistics, and one course in biology, genetics, or related field.
  3. Programming/coding experience as evidenced by prior coursework or work experience.
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. For Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Admissions, applicants are not required to submit General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores as a part of the application.  Students who choose to submit GRE or other standardized test scores (i.e. MCAT) can do so with the application for admission.

Summer coursework may be taken to fulfill prerequisites in groups 2 or 3.


In addition to the above criteria, the international applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Either of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 on the internet-based test of 550 on the written test; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 and having taken the academics writing and reading modules; or a minimum Duolingo English Test score of 105, if applicable. TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo must be taken within two years of application.
  • World Education Services (WES) Credential Evaluation of previous international degree program(s)

View more information for international applicants


New applications are accepted through the SOPHAS system, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Be sure to track your application status online, as SOPHAS routes applications for consideration only after all required materials are received. 

Application deadlines for all programs

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Noel C. Harrie
Student services coordinator
Phone: 412-624-3066
Fax: 412-624-3020

University of Pittsburgh
School of Public Health
Department of Human Genetics
3120C Public Health
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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