This Graduate/Professional Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics program is only for degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in the M.S. in Applied Biotechnology program.

Applications are accepted year-round.

  • Applications are accepted for Fall through July 15
  • Applications are accepted for Spring through December 15
  • Applications are accepted for Summer through April 15 

Incoming Applied Biotechnology M.S. students may apply to the Applied Bioinformatics Certificate.

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Applied Biotechnology program who are in good standing with the program (average GPA 3.0 or greater) are able to add the Applied Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate to their coursework. 

To declare the certificate, please contact the program advisor listed under "Contact Information". 

Students enrolled in the Graduate/Professional Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics as part of their M.S. in Applied Biotechnology Program are eligible for federal financial aid.
Students enrolled in Graduate/Professional Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics program are not permitted to accept any research, project, or teaching assistantship positions that would waive tuition or provide tuition remission.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss federal loan programs and other lending opportunities. Students should also reach out to their companies to ask about continuing education and professional development support.

Minimum Residence Credits: 12 

• All of the graduate/professional certificate credits must be earned "in residence" (which includes distance-delivered courses) at UW-Madison.

• Students must earn a B (minimum GPA of 3.000) or above on all graduate/professional certificate coursework. 

• Courses in which a student elects the pass/fail option will not count toward completion of requirements.

Required Coursework: 12 credits

Completion of twelve credits is required for the certificate. A description of the requirements is provided below.

ABT 720 Experimental Design and Analysis in Biotechnology3
ABT 730 Python for Bioinformatics3
ABT 780 Bioinformatic Inquiry3
ABT 785 Application of Bioinformatics3

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Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

  1. Demonstrate professional and scientific communication appropriate for biotechnology settings
  2. Evaluate diverse analytical methods and technologies and their applications in bioinformatics
  3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of organizational processes and product development pipelines and the data generated throughout

The Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics is an enhancement to the M.S. in Applied Biotechnology Program. Courses are taught in collaboration by faculty from seven University of Wisconsin campuses: UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Whitewater.

James Keck, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Basic Sciences
Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health

Natalie Betz, Ph.D., Academic director for the UW–Madison Applied Biotechnology program
Associate Director for the M.S. in Biotechnology Program
Faculty Instructor, School of Medicine and Public Health