Since bioinformatics is so interdisciplinary, we routinely accept students into the bioinformatics graduate programs that have degrees in either computer science or biology (or chemistry, or math, or physics, or ...). Having said that, you will best prepare yourself by taking courses in both areas. A B.S. degree in biology (or chemistry, math, etc.) and a minor in computer science, or vice versa, would be ideal.

If you are a current UNC Charlotte undergraduate, the Minor in Bioinformatics will be your best option.

Please post all of your documentation (including the official transcripts, reference letters, statement of purpose and vitae/resume) only to the graduate school. The Graduate school will send the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics all of the applications and the respective documents. Please NOTE that the graduate school will only forward complete packets to the department. If the application packet is incomplete the department will not receive the application packet. The department can only make a decision once we receive the packet from the graduate school.

You can register for your parking permit prior to arriving at UNC Charlotte by following the directions here.

You will need your student ID number in order to register for a parking pass! See the checklist on the Parking Services website for additional requirements.

Alternatively, you can visit the Parking Services Building and register for a parking permit in person. Be prepared to pay the fee and bring the following items with you: Driver’s License, License plate number, Vehicle identification number, Vehicle make, model, and color,and Insurance company name and policy number

You will want to set-up your NinerNET Account (UNC Charlotte’s online portal) prior to your arrival at UNC Charlotte. This will allow you to begin checking your UNC Charlotte email and will make registering for classes during orientation much easier.

To activate your NinerNET account, click "Activate Account" at the link below:


Once you have activated your NinerNET account, navigate to my.uncc.edu and log in using your NinerNET credentials and click “Banner Self Services.” Here you will be able to register for classes, check out your financial aid status, and explore many other useful features.

 If you have obtained a bachelors degree, you may be able to take a couple courses as a post-baccalaureate. To apply for post-bac, please apply online through the Graduate School's admissions website.

Yes, however, there is a time limit to complete graduation.

Upon enrollment in the M.S. in Bioinformatics program, you must be prepared to pay for your tuition, fees, books, health care, travel, and any other costs. Although there are possibilities contingent upon your past knowledge and laboratory experiences, the on campus internships are very competitive.

To check the current tuition and fees, please visit: Tuition & Fees

The Bioinformatics MS and Graduate Certificate programs has a tuition increment fee. This fee covers the true costs of providing instruction, services for the associated graduate program, and pays for Teaching Assistantship positions and travel awards. The Tuition Increment is $337.50 (0-2 credits), $675.00 (6-8 credits), and $1,350.00 (9+ credits). 

Upon moving to North Carolina, domestic students should immediately begin the process of obtaining residency. Important residency details can be found at the following link: resdetermination.uncc.edu

The Graduate School

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Cato Hall 210

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, N.C. 28223-0001

We intend to support enrolled students with tuition + stipend, but due to current budget issues, it is likely that we will only accept 1-3 new Ph.D. students per year.

UNC Charlotte's School Code is 5105. A department code is not necessary.

You can get your ID card at the 49er Card Office located on the main floor of the Student Union as well as Auxiliary Services building. You will also have the opportunity to get your ID card during the Graduate School Orientation the weekend before school begins.

IMPORTANT: You must be registered for classes in order to receive an ID card. Bring a form of identification.


Charlotte, NC is a rapidly growing metropolis with multitude of housing options in nearly every price range. The University’s housing website will serve as an excellent first resource:www.dso.uncc.edu

Here you will be able to search available listings as well as find other students looking for roommates. It will be important to consider distance from campus as you explore various housing options. Many students choose to live in the University area, particularly during their first year when the class load is most rigorous. Other areas to explore include Uptown, Dilworth, Myers Park, and Plaza Midwood. These areas are further from campus and are generally more expensive than those near the University; however, they are better situated if you are interested in Charlotte’s nightlife and city atmosphere. Bioinformatics peer mentors and fellow incoming students will also be good resources as you search for a place to live. Do not hesitate to make use of these individuals as you make your important housing decisions!

You may apply through the Graduate School's online application system, ApplyYourself. To start, go to the Graduate School's admissions website. You may only apply online, paper applications are NOT accepted.

Through the Graduate School's Online Application Portal website.

alumni scholarship fund

The Alumni Gives Scholarship allows students to pursue their dreams and contribute to the technology community.  This needs-based scholarship empowers students to overcome financial hurdles while pursuing their education goals and gives preference to underrepresented populations within the CCI student body. 

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