Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies

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Program Information

School:Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Faculty:Faculties of Computer Science, Medicine, and Science
Degree:Master
Field of Study:Bioinformatics
Computational Biology
Description:This program is set within the framework of current interdisciplinary research conducted within Dalhousie. Students in this program will join a community of researchers in the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Resources from the Faculties of Computer Science, Medicine, and Science are coordinated to offer a flexible program, with a limited course load and an emphasis on research activities. Students from a broad selection of backgrounds are invited to consider the program. Each candidate is supervised within the research group of their supervisor from the beginning of their tenure.

URL:Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Dalhousie University - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,108

This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    Candidates for admission to the masters of computational biology and bioinformatics should hold an honours degree, or equivalent, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 credit hours from a university of recognized standing in any relevant discipline. Relevant disciplines are typically: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics. Students from any background will be considered on an individual basis.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]

    English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; Computer TOEFL - 237; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

    Application Notes : English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission. Dalhousie accepts a number of different English proficiency test scores: Internet-based TOEFL- 92; Written TOEFL - 580; Computer TOEFL - 237; MELAB - 85; IELTS - 7; CanTest - 4.5 (with no band score lower than 4.0); or CAEL 70 with no band score lower than 60. Alternatively, a prospective student may enroll in the ESL program with the Dalhousie College of Continuing Education and obtain a grade of at least A- on the final stage of that training. The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English. The claims must be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Prior to applying, a candidate must find a suitable supervisor or co-supervisors. A statement of research interests must be submitted with the application forms that can be obtained from the Registrar's office. The statement may be prepared in conjunction with the supervisor(s) and should include a general statement of the biological areas of interest, possible computational methodologies relevant to the problem, and a statement on the candidate's background. This document is used to evaluate whether suitable academic activities will allow the candidate to meet the program requirements. Applicants are also required to submit two academic reference letters, either through the electronic reference system in the online application or by paper. Please visit the website for complete details.
    Cost Notes : This cost estimate is for Year 1 of the program, and includes incidental fees.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 22, 2016