Bioinformatics M.S. (offered by Health Informatics Department)



In a world where biology has become an information science due to high throughput experimental methods like next generation DNA sequencing, BIOINFORMATICS has emerged as a field of research to meet the challenge of processing the big data produced by diverse experiments and understanding complex biological processes.  

 Utilizing computer science and statistics along with biology, the field encompasses all aspects of life: From discovering our past through phylogenomics, to understanding the world of the living cell by elucidating biomolecular networks and biological pathways, to transforming 'omics data into insights about disease and ecological systems, bioinformatics is driving new research and shaping the future of agriculture, biotechnology, therapeutics and medicine.

Masters Program in Bioinformatics focuses on computational techniques and tools for data analysis, theoretical modeling of biological processes, and also design and development of biological tools and databases.

The program aims at researchers both from science and engineering fields who are interested in biotechnology, pharmacology, life sciences, or related industries, and who wish to broaden or upgrade their skills to follow recent breakthroughs and lead research in the area of Bioinformatics. The objectives of the Bioinformatics graduate programs are:

  • To educate graduates from different disciplines in the theoretical and practical aspects of bioinformatics
  • To meet the interdisciplinary graduate needs of the academia, industry, and the public and private sectors,
  •  To foster and support interdisciplinary research in the field.

Bioinformatic Research Areas:


  • Genomics
  • Transcriptomics
  • Proteomics
  • Epigenetics
  • Interactomics
  • Protein Analysis and Structure Prediction
  • Next Generation Sequencing Technology
  • Comparative Sequence Analysis
  • Systems Biology
  • Text Mining and Information Extraction

BioInformatics Full Time Faculty Members:

Health Informatics

  • Doç.Dr. Yeşim Aydın Son 
  • (Chair of Health Informatics) 
  • Doç.Dr.Rengül Atalay
  • Yard.Doç.Dr. Aybar Can Acar 
  • Yard.Doç.Dr. Nurcan Tunçbağ 
  • (Bioinformatics Program Coordinator)

Bioinformatics Affiliated Faculty Members

Computer Engineering
  • Prof.Dr.Volkan Atalay 
  • Doç.Dr.Tolga Can 
  • Doç.Dr.Hasan Oğul (Başkent Üni.) 
Biological Sciences
  • Prof.Dr.Zeki Kaya 
  • Doç.Dr.Çağdas D. Son 
  • Doç.Dr.Mehmet Somer 
  • Prof.Dr. Ayşen Akkaya 
  • Doç.Dr.Vilda Purutçuoğlu Gazi 
Applied Mathematics
  • Prof.Dr. Gerhard Wilhelm 
  • Doç.Dr.Hakan Öktem 


Program offers a master of science degree in Bioinformatics

Students who have never taken a  programming language or statistic or  molecular biology and genetics  course,  must  firstly complete the scientific preparation program. Courses of this program are listed in the table below:

Scientific Preparation Courses:

  • CENG 230 : Introduction to C Programming
  • STAT 221 / BIN 502 :  Statistical Methods for Informatics
  • BIOL 420 : Biochemistry
  • BIOL 317: Molecular Biology

Students who have successfully completed the Scientific Preparation Program can take part in the Bioinformatics Graduate Program. In this program, students must complete three compulsory courses, four elective courses, seminars and thesis.

Scientific Preparation Course

BIN 502 Statistical Methods for Informatics Fall 3

Core Courses

BIN 501 Introduction to Bioinformatics Spring 3
BIN 503 Biological Databases and Data Analysis Spring 3
BIN 504 Probabilistic and Statistical Modeling for Bioinformatics Fall 3
BIN 590 Master Thesis Fall/Spring -

Elective Courses

BIN 505 Foundations  of Systems Biology Fall 3
BIN 506 Protein and DNA Sequence Analysis Fall 3
BIN 711 Applications of Bioinformatics in Molecular Biology Fall/Spring 3
BIN 712 Algorithms, Mining and DBMS Concepts with Implementations for Bioinformatics Spring 3
BIN 714 Microarray Data Analysis and Informatics Spring 3


BIN 590 Graduate Seminar in Bioinformatics Spring -


Bioinformatics program course list


Applicants holding (or who will have held before the start of the applied academic term) a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) may apply to a Master’s program. 

Applicants should take the METU EPE (English Proficiency Exam), IELTS or TOEFL and ALES (Graduate Exam) exams before the application date.  

Foreign students should take IELTS or TOEFL and GRE or GMAT according to the department requirements.

Exams Minimum Score
GPA 2.4
TOEFL (CBT / IBT) 213 / 79
ALES / GRE(New-Old) 75 /156-713

Important note 1: GRE exam score is accepted for Turkish students.

Important note 2: These minimum scores (especially ALES score) do not guarantee acceptance


Graduates of the M.S. Program in Bioinformatics will be supporting diverse applications of bioinformatics in academic and private institutions, hospitals and industry focusing biotechnology, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences both in national and international platforms. Besides bioinformatics research career opportunities for bioinformatics professionals range from development of instrumentation and computer software for biological data collection, retrieval, analysis and interpretation, biological database design and management, computational analysis of biological data, and implementation of newly emerging bioinformatics tools in bio-industries.

Contact for Admissions

Mr. Hakan Güler | Admissions Office | Tel: 03122103743 | email: