The Biotechnology Innovation and Computation Program

About the Program

The M.S. in Biotechnology Innovation and Computation (MSBIC) is a program within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and is offered jointly through the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) and the Computational Biology Department. This program is designed to educate leaders in applying software and computing technologies to create innovative solutions for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health care industries. Students learn to plan, design, build and deliver innovative solutions for these industries utilizing data mining, information retrieval, machine learning, machine translation, computational linguistics, and computational biology technologies. As these industries are rapidly evolving, there is a great need for leaders who can envision, design, plan and deliver solutions that integrate emerging technologies into effective business solutions.

The program is designed for incoming students who have a strong desire to innovate and an appropriate background in computer science or engineering. Our integrated curriculum includes course work and case studies designed around current challenge areas related to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health care industries. Students learn how to be forward-thinking by evaluating emerging trends, technologies and opportunities in addition to developing a variety of technical and scientific skill sets. Students in the program will work closely with industry advisors and sponsors to develop innovative and relevant solutions to real-world problems. Our approach combines academic learning and industry connections to develop practical experiences with an emphasis in the creation of innovative solutions.

Prospective Students

The MSBIC program is designed for individuals with a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Bioinformatics, or a related scientific or technical discipline.

To apply to the MSBIC, you must have:

  • Applications will be accepted starting mid-September 2015 for admission to the Fall 2016 class.
  • A cumulative grade point average higher than 3.5
  • Scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). (For Non-English speaking students)
  • If you have previously taken the GRE, your scores will be accepted if they are less than five years old.
  • If you have previously taken the TOEFL or IELTS, your scores will be accepted if they are less than two years old.
  • Your English language test score should indicate proficiency (TOEFL > 102). We have found that English language proficiency has a very large impact on a student.s success with the program.
  • Submit your current Resume. Outline your education, work experience, publications (if any), scholarships awarded, prizes and honors received, society memberships, and any other extracurricular activities.
  • Prepare a Statement of Purpose. Type or print neatly a concise one- or two-page statement in this format:
    • Part I: Briefly state your objective in pursuing a professional graduate degree in MSBIC. Tell us if you have a particular reason for applying to this degree.
    • Part II: Describe your background in fields particularly relevant to your objective. List here any relevant academic, industrial or commercial experience.
    • Part III: Include any additional information you wish to supply to the Admissions Committee.
  • Submit unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  • Upload three letters of recommendation. The admissions committee prefers, but does not require, letters from both academia and industry. People who recommend you should know you relatively well and should be able to discuss the quality of your work.
  • Submit the application. Send any off-line material to:

Applications Coordinator
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3891 USA

Please make certain that all items listed above and any other materials not included with your application reach the Admissions Committee by the deadline.