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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(UIUC) Course/Program Name
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National :15 Jan 
International :15 Jan 

MS BioInformatics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
32628 USD
National
17834 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department
Department of Computer Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

Discover your future at CS LLINOIS, a top-5 program. As the next generation of computer science leaders, Illinois students continue to change the shape of computing as we know it. Our beliefs – the values we hold dear – influence everything we do. We believe:

  •  computing is (real) life;
  • addressing the computing challenges of tomorrow cannot be done in isolation-they require a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach;
  • you cannot tackle a problem without taking on the entire problem chain;
  • a flexible approach, grounded by mastery of fundamentals, leads to transformational solutions;
  • inspiration is found in the unexpected.

Come and pick our brains, collaborate, and live your passion for computing, discovery, and life at Illinois!

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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.

Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.

Exemptions

 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
OR

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

Applicants enrolled in the final year of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States or a or comparable degree program from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad, and who meet the GPA requirements stated above will be admitted conditionally pending receipt of final academic credentials showing the undergraduate degree as conferred.
International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin. Please note that proposed programs of study may require a higher GPA than the Graduate College's minimum standard.

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Course Modules

Degree Requirements

Master of Science, Bioinformatics

Credit Hours- Hours

Total Credit for the Degree 36

Course Work 36

  • CS 411 and CS 473 (or CS 573) 8
  • STAT 410 4 
  • One bioinformatics course: ANSC 542, ANSC 545, CHBE 571, CHEM 574, CPSC 567, IB 467, MCB 432 4
  • One biological science course: ANSC 441, ANSC 444, ANSC 446, ANSC 447, BIOP 401, BIOP 420, BIOP 550, CPSC 452, CPSC 563, CPSC 564, CPSC 566, MCB 400, MCB 450, MCB 501, MCB 502 4
  • CS Electives: Any CS graduate level course (400 or 500-level) except for CS 591. In addition, only 4 credit hours of CS 597, Independent Study, may be applied. 12
  • One additional 4-credit hour graduate course (may be from the bioinformatics or biological science categories above) 4

Other requirements and Conditions (may overlap):*

  • A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours overall.
  • The minimum program GPA is 3.0
  • All degree requirements must be completed within five consecutive semesters (only fall and spring semesters are counted).

 

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How to Apply

1. Complete the university's Online Application

2. Pay the application fee
The university's application fee is $70 for US citizens and permanent residents and $90 for all other applicants. The fee must accompany the application by credit card payment with the web application. Application fees are non-refundable.

3. Transcripts
All applicants must send official transcripts for all completed university coursework and certification of degree (for international students only) for all completed degree programs directly to the department.

Department of Computer Science
Grad Academic Office
University of Illinois
201 North Goodwin, 1210 Siebel Center
Urbana, IL 61801

Recipient e-mail address for submitting electronic transcripts: admissions@cs.illinois.edu.

Official transcripts (sent directly by the institution) must be received by the respective application deadlines, January 15th (for upcoming Fall semester admission) and October 15 (for upcoming Spring semester deadline).  Official transcripts may also be sent by the applicant and be considered as official if received in a sealed/signed envelope. If transcripts are submitted electronically, they must be submitted through a password-protected secure web portal to be considered official. The recipient e-mail address for submitting electronically isadmissions@cs.illinois.edu. Electronic transcripts emailed as PDF files to admissions@cs.illinois.edu will not be accepted as official. Please note that submitting scanned transcripts with your online application does not replace the requirement to submit official transcripts directly to the CS Department. Applicants will not have a “complete” application until official transcripts are received. Current students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign do not need to order official transcripts as the department can access them.

Note: For international mail, we suggest you send through a delivery service that can track your shipment.

4. Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to have three letters of recommendation submitted.
It is recommended that letters of recommendation be from either faculty, advisors, supervisors, or colleagues. If you have been away from academics for a significant amount of time, it is o.k. to submit reference letters from industry (e.g. immediate supervisors, colleagues, etc.).
The letters should address your academic abilities, your potential to be successful at graduate level academic performance, and your overall career goals.
Individuals writing letters of recommendation on your behalf should submit their letters through the online application system. Any recommendations that do not follow this process may impact timely application processing.
Please make sure recommenders complete the section on the “Recommender’s Form” that states “To what extent do you recommend this applicant for admissions as a graduate student in their proposed field of study”.

5. Statement of Purpose
The statement of purpose is part of the online application form.
This statement should include your goals and background as it relates to the field of computer science. It is good to include any past work history, your interests, and reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in computer science.
Your statement will be evaluated for your conciseness, interests in pursuing a master’s in computer science, leadership skills, and eloquence.
Generally the statement of purpose is between one to two pages.

6. CV/Resume
Your CV/resume is a part of the online application form.
Your CV/resume should address your education, job experience, remarkable achievements, organizations, awards, and leadership experiences.  This information helps the admissions committee understand your background.

7. General Record Examination (GRE) – Not Required
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general aptitude tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) and subject test scores are recommended, but not required. In some cases, the scores may provide helpful supporting information. A photocopy of the scores may be sent directly to the department if the applicant wishes to have them considered.

8. TOEFL and IELTS Exam Requirements (for International Students only)
This section is for all students whose native language is not English, which includes permanent residence of the United States (green card). You may check to see if you are exempt from this requirement based on your country of citizenship. Please be sure to carefully read the admissions requirement.

International applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Proficiency Requirementsfor admission for the University of Illinois.
International applicants are except from the TEOFL testing for admissions only if, within five years of the proposed term of enrollment, he or she has completed at least two academic years of full-time study as defined by the home institution, or completed a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and in a school where English is the primary language of instruction.
All TOEFL test scores should be reported through ETS to Institution Code 1836. A Department code is not needed, however, if one is required, please use “78”.

9. Check the status of your application materials to ensure all materials have been submitted.
If your email address changes between the time you submit your application and the decision deadline (November 15th for spring term and April 15th for summer/fall term), email your updated email address to krunck@illinois.edu. Include your old email address, your new email address, your first and last name, and your Apply Yourself PIN number in the email message.

Additional Application Materials for International Students Only
TOEFL and IELTS Exams Requirements
This section is for all students whose native language is not English, which includes permanent residents of the United States (green card). All TOEFL test scores should be reported through ETS to Institution Code 1836. A Department code is not needed, however, if one is required, please use “78”.

The Department of Computer Science requires all MS and PhD applicants to submit a valid TOEFL score as part of their application materials.  The University of Illinois has a total minimum score that is required for admission.  
International students may check to see if they are exempt from this requirement based on their country of citizenship. Please note that the CS Department requires all international students to submit their TOEFL test scores that are not from one of these exempt countries as part of their required application materials.

Financial Aid
To be eligible for all forms of financial aid awarded by the Department of Computer Science, a TOEFL iBT score (Speaking section only) must be submitted, regardless of eligibility of waiver for admission requirements. If currently working on an academic degree in the US or country whose official native language is English (not medium of instruction), this requirement supersedes the waiver of the TOEFL by the university.
This requirement is regardless of naturalized U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and is for any assistantships (RA or TA). Non-submission of these scores will restrict the department from giving full financial aid considerations.
A passing score on the TOEFL iBT (spoken portion of the exam only) is 24/30. And, a passing score on the IELTS (on the spoken portion of the exam only) is 8.
SPEAK scores taken on a US campus other than Illinois are not eligible to fulfill the requirement at Illinois. The department has no authority to waive this requirement. A passing score does not guarantee an assistantship offer.

Financial Certification Form – Complete Only if Offered Admissions
If admissions is offered, international applicants requesting financial aid must submit the Financial Form and certification of finances.  This form does not need to be submitted with the application materials. 

Final Application Checklist

Application submitted.

  • Application fee paid.
  • Official copies of transcripts of all university coursework and certification of degree for all completed degree programs mailed to address below.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted.
  • Statement of Purpose submitted.
  • Resume submitted.
  • For International Students Only: TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted.
  • Check status of application materials.


 

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