PSM in Bioinformatics


The PSM in Bioinformatics provides an opportunity for advanced training directly relevant to current knowledge for professional careers.  The degree is delivered online, and is an interdisciplinary collaboration across the fields of mathematics, computer and information science, and molecular and cell biology. Students entering the program are expected to come from a cell and molecular biology background and require more intensive training in math, computer and information science, or from the mathematics, computer or information sciences disciplines and need training in cell and molecular biology. A total of 17 credits of required courses, seven credits of enrichment courses, and six credits of applied field experience are required.   A sample schedule for the course of study is provided below:

Sample Schedule

Fall First Year (6 cr)

  • SIE 507 Information Systems Programming (3 cr)
  • BMS 625 Biostatistics/Computational Biology or Genetics (2 cr)
  • Elective/Plus Element course (1 cr)

Spring First Year (6 cr)

  • BMB 502: Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 cr)
  • SIE 557 Database System Applications (3 cr)

Summer First Year (3 cr)

  • DIG 510 Metadata Systems (3 cr)

Fall Second Year (6 cr)

  • BMS 625 Biostatistics/Computational Biology or Genetics (2 cr)
  • Elective/Plus Element course (4 cr)

Spring Second Year (6 cr)

  • INT 601: Responsible Conduct of Research (1 cr)
  • Elective/Plus Element course (2 cr)
  • Applied Field Research (3 cr)

Summer Second Year (3 cr)

  • Applied Field Research (3 cr)

Program Specifics

The applied field experience will be self-directed and will be scheduled at the convenience of the student.  With permission, other courses may be substituted for those listed for the Bioinformatics Core or Plus Element courses.  In addition, as new courses are developed for online delivery, other courses may be added to the Bioinformatics Core and Plus Element courses as they become available.  Prior graduate courses that have been taken by students, including courses considered for transfer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  The 6 credits of applied field experience are a cornerstone of the PSM degree.  The applied field experience will integrate computer science, mathematics, biomedical sciences and plus element courses into a project that is relevant to the students’ current or future employment.  The students will present their complete projects before a committee of faculty and industry leaders.

  • Transfer credit from other universities and programs may be possible
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained for the PSM in Bioinformatics


Suggested PLUS Courses

Sem Course Title Instructor Cr
Fall BUA 605 Creating and Capturing Value in the Digital Economy Jones 3
Fall DIG 500 Introduction to Digital Curation Ippolito 3
Fall ECE 543 Microelectronic Devices Smith 3
Fall MBA 676 Data Management and Analytics Suleiman 3
Fall NUR 693 Ethical Inquiry in Health Care Sossong 3
Fall SIE 505 Formal Foundations for Information Systems Hahmann 3
Fall SIE 550 Design of Information Systems Egenhofer 3
Fall SIE 558 Real-time Sensor Data Streams Nittel 3
Spr SIE 525 Information Systems Law Onsrud 3
Spr BUA 626 Management of Contemporary Organizations Staff 3
Spr BUA 645 Enterprise Architecture Graham 3
Spr BUA 649 Managment Policy Miles 3
Spr DIG 550 Digital Preservation Ippolito 3
Spr ECE 550 Elecromagnetic Theory Vetelino 3
Spr ECE 583 Coding Theory Abedi 3
Spr MBA 678 Predictive Analytics Dean 3
Spr AVS 554 DNA Sequencing Analysis Lab Ishaq 2
Sum BUA 561 Knowledge Management and Decision Support
Jones 3
Sum BUA 620 Law, Business and Society Spolan 3
Sum NUR 505 Nursing Research Poirier 3
Fall CIS 450, UMA Data Mining Dube 3

Related Programs at UMaine

Program fit is incredibly important and we encourage you to explore the breadth of graduate offerings across the University. See a full list of Graduate Programs here:

Looking for more “Bio”? Explore the programs from the School of Biology and Ecology and the Molecular and Biomedical Sciences departments.

Looking for more “Informatics”? Explore the programs through the Data Science and Engineering, Spatial Computing, and Computer Science departments and the Maine Business School.

Looking for more online options? Explore the multitude of programs supported by UMaine Online.