How to Apply to the SYBB MS Program

Students interested in a MS degree in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics must directly apply to the program through the School of Graduate Studies.

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Direct admission to the SYBB program will follow the guidelines denoted in the General Bulletin. Candidates will be evaluated based on:

  • Overall GPA;
  • Science GPA; and
  • GRE scores (required).

Very important criteria will also include responses to the following:

  • 4 supplemental questions;
  • 3 letters of reference;
  • Prior research experience; and
  • Potential on campus interviews.
  • Personal essay and CV are optional.

All students applying to the SYBB Program will be expected to have an undergraduate or master's degree in one of the component disciplines of the program including biological, computer, or quantitative sciences. The following undergraduate courses are strongly recommended:

  • Introductory Biology (2 semesters);
  • Introductory Chemistry (2 semesters);
  • Biochemistry;
  • Introductory Physics (2 semesters);
  • Calculus through differential equations;
  • Linear Algebra;
  • Introductory Computer Science; and
  •  Introductory Statistics.

The academic background of all students who are offered admission to and are admitted to the program will be evaluated for suitability based on the criteria above. Remedial work to cover any deficiencies in background may be recommended as a condition of matriculation. Remedial coursework will be incorporated into the student's individualized course of study.

For International Students

The TOEFL examination will be required for international students. For direct admit students, we will follow the General Bulletin guidelines regarding the demonstration of the necessary command of English for foreign students.

Contact Us

  • Contact: David Lodowski
  • Email:
  • Phone: 216.368.6971
  • Address:
    Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
    Case Western Reserve University
    BRB 9th Floor Admin West
    10900 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44106-4988