14 days ago by
University Park, USA
Early in my career (with a Ph.D. in Physics), I've enrolled in a non-degree graduate certificate in bioinformatics from Stanford. (It looks like that particular training is not offered anymore).
I thought the program was well done and helped my career a lot. Specifically, what I liked the most about the graduate certificate program was that it did not require taking too many courses only four if I recall it correctly. This was especially handy as I already had a degree and a job.
In my opinion, adding another MS degree is only marginally more impactful than adding a graduate certificate level training. You either get bioinformatics and love it and your skills skyrocket or not. It is best if you figure that out fast. There is not that much correlation in the length of the training to the ultimate skills one has in the field - it is a lot more important to get started efficiently see if you like doing it.
With the certificate, I was able to select courses that I really needed, rather than re-doing subjects that were neither my interest nor aligned with my future goals. Plus the training was much cheaper and I was done in about a year. Both of these were a major factor for me in selecting the program.
Thus, long story short, I would recommend Stanford, but I would also seriously look at graduate certificate programs rather than getting an academic degree.