Advanced professional science skills have never been more in-demand. GVSU has the programs to help you to stay ahead of the pack. If you're looking to advance in your profession, Grand Valley offers several, specialized professional sciences at the graduate level. Our Master of Science (M.S.) in Biostatistics and Health Informatics and Bioinformatics degrees are part of Grand Rapids' only Professional Science Master's program, which is a member of the National Professional Science Master's Association (NPSMA). 

Choose from either of the following PSM degrees to prepare for or advance your computer professional science career.

Biostatistics Job Growth In West Michigan by 2024
Bioinformatics Job Growth in West Michigan by 2024
Median Annual Salary in West Michigan

Source: EMSI, 2020

Career Outlook and Opportunities

According to 2020 EMSI data, opportunities for biostatisticians are expected to grow 19% in West Michigan by 2024. Job opportunities for medical and bioinformatics professionals is expected to grow 13% by 2024. The median annual salary for these two professions is between $72,779 and $76,024 but ranges by profession, job title, and region. Click on your program of interest to see potential job titles for each profession.

Source: EMSI, 2019.

The Skills Employers Want

The M.S. in Biostatistics and M.S. in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual West Michigan job postings in the professional science field;

Advanced Skills

  • SAS Software
  • Statistics
  • Biostatistics
  • R (Programming Language)
  • SQL (Programming Language)
  • Data Management
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Softwares
  • Stata
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genotyping

Source: EMSI 2020

Common Skills

  • Research
  • Presentations
  • Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Written Communication
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications
  • Investigation
  • Infrastructure
  • Information Technology
  • Operations

Course Offerings

PSM programs are interdisciplinary and feature common core courses. The biostatistics and health informatics and bioinformatics programs feature:

  • Directed courses in biostatistics
  • An internship
  • A culminating capstone experience

Visit our PSM curriculum site for course details.


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website. If you have been previously enrolled at GVSU, your $30 application fee is waived. Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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Admissions Information

M.S. in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics - Deadline for the fall semester is July 1; winter is November 1; and spring/summer is April 1. 

M.S. in Bioinformatics - Deadline for the fall semester is June 1; winter deadline is November 1.

The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit the graduate application page.

For More Information

Health Informatics and Bioinformatics
Anirudh Chowdhary, Ph.D.
[email protected]
(616) 331-6297

Robert Downer, Ph.D.
[email protected]
(616) 331-3355

Related Programs

In addition to Biostatistics and Health Informatics and Bioinformatics programs, the Professional Science Masters also includes an M.S. in:

To find out more about the benefits of a PSM degree visit the PSM homepage.

Page last modified August 5, 2020