The Bioinformatics Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia is administered under the Michael Smith Laboratories in the Faculty of Science.

The Bioinformatics Graduate Program offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees to students doing research in the field of bioinformatics. Fastrack from M.Sc. to Ph.D. is available.

The program integrates academic centres in computer science, statistics, molecular biology, and biotechnology, with translational research groups at hospitals and at the clinical interface. Members of the Genome Science & Technology Graduate program (GSAT), the department of Statistics, the Bioinformatics, Empirical & Theoretical Algorithms Laboratory in Computer Science, the Genome Sciences Centre at the BC Cancer Agency (GSC), and the Michael Smith Laboratories have been instrumental in developing the current program. The program also integrates other departments at UBC in the faculties of Medicine, Science, Forestry, and Land and Food Systems that broadly support bioinformatics research in the life sciences.

Students can enter the program in one of two ways:

  1. Applying to the program directly on-line, uploading all documentation to site and if selected by a supervisor, you will be notified by the program coordinator. If no one notifies you about enrollment, consider that you have not been selected by a supervisor and cannot be admitted to the program.
  2. Applying through the conventional graduate student route by securing the commitment of a supervisor, who is a faculty member of the program. The list of potential supervisors can be found at program faculty.

See for a complete summary of the bioinformatics training in British Columbia.