Combining research and big data, the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Bioinformatics can be completed in just one year. Move ahead of the demand curve in this growing discipline and advance in academia or industry.

Is this program right for you?

A Capstone Certificate in Bioinformatics from UW-Madison can set you on the course for a new level of research or the path to a master’s degree. Our accelerated program is ideal for those in industry or for post-doctoral fellows, researchers, or scientists who are eager to combine computation with science.


You will follow the same courses as our graduate students in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and will be taught by the same world-renowned faculty. We are one of only 11 programs in the nation to receive a grant from National Institutes for Health to train, educate, and sponsor research in bioinformatics. You will have the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars, as well as participate in predictive data projects.


Courses are taught two days per week on our UW-Madison campus, and you can begin the program at any time. Many of our students are currently working in labs or clinics, and some of them receive support from their employers to complete their certificate in Bioinformatics.


What you Learn

  • Apply computational and statistical methods to molecular biology

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Classes meet on campus two days per week

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All applicants must:

  • Have completed calculus (up to Math 222) and Programming and Data Structures (Computer Science 367) or approved equivalents
  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an online application
  • Submit a résumé or curriculum vitae; a one-page statement of purpose; two letters of recommendation (one from current supervisor); a photocopy of your electronic application; a list of awards, honors, and/or publications; official transcripts from all institutions attended; GRE scores (MCAT also accepted); and record of residence or both sides of resident alien card
  • International applicants must also provide transcripts in the original language with official English translations; official certification of degrees and dates awarded, including seals and signatures in ink from the institution’s authorized official in the original language and in English; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; and official financial support documents

Apply now or visit program website.


Admissions suspended effective summer 2016