The Professional Science Master’s (P.S.M.) in Bioinformatics is a 100% online and asynchronous graduate program targeting working professionals offered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering (GSBSE) department.
Bioinformatics is the application of mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches to understand biological processes. The PSM in Bioinformatics brings together interdisciplinary classes across the fields of computer science, spatial information science and engineering, and molecular and cell biology taught by affiliated faculty across the GSBSE research consortium from the University of Maine, The Jackson Laboratory, Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory, University of New England, and Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
The PSM provides an opportunity for advanced training directly relevant to current knowledge for their professional careers. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology. The program requires 30 credit hours for completion.
The home of the program is the GSBSE department which is a multidisciplinary research consortium connecting four external research organizations with the University of Maine as the degree-granting institution. The over 150 affiliated faculty conduct research in a variety of topics, including biomedical engineering, computational biology, bioinformatics, biophysics, bioengineering and nanotechnology, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, and the molecular mechanisms of disease. The GSBSE contributes to learning and discovery on the emerging frontier of the biological, physical, clinical, and behavioral sciences, preparing new faculty, training scientists and engineers, and furthering Maine’s biotechnology and biomedical infrastructure.
In addition to the PSM in Bioinformatics, the GSBSE also offers a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering.
More information on our program can be found on our website at: gsbse.umaine.edu.