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Biological Data Science, M.S. - Advising

Future Students

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Join us at an information session to determine if this program meets your research and career goals.

For admission requirements please visit ASU Degree Search and download the Next Steps Checklist. 

After you submit your application to the master’s in biological data science there are a few things you can do to ensure your file is complete and reviewed by the admissions committee as quickly as possible.

Letters of recommendation. We recommend that you follow-up with your recommenders to ensure that they have received the request and are able to complete the request to provide a recommendation.  You can remind your recommenders or update recommenders by visiting MyASU.

Official transcripts. The number one reason that decisions are delayed is because the unofficial transcripts are not complete, do not show prerequisite coursework (when applicable), do not have the applicant name, or the institution name.  Please request an official copy of your transcript be submitted to Arizona State University as quickly as possible.

If unofficial transcripts are not uploaded at the time of application, official transcripts will be required to be submitted before your application will move forward for admission review.

The status of your application is available by logging in to MyASU.  After a file is in committee it should take less than 14 days for an admission decision.  Please monitor your email as our admissions team will reach out to you with any questions and to provide updates.

Undergraduate students in select majors are eligible to begin graduate coursework during their final semester or year at ASU. Please visit Accelerated Program (4+1) for more information.

Join live sessions with ASU team members who will answer your questions about ASU.

Here are just a few of the virtual events offered: 

The master's of science degree in biological data science Training in Genomics Research (TiGeR) program is focused on training underrepresented minority students with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution in computer science, mathematics, statistics or similar fields with limited or no previous experience working with genomics datasets. Learn more here.

New Students

Accepting Admission Offer: Register Today

Secure your spot in the program by emailing and informing your faculty mentor.

International Student Admits: Students from other countries (F-1 status) should read and complete next steps for securing a visa.

Deferring Admission Offer

If you are unable to enroll in the term that you originally applied for then please review your options to defer admission.

Declining Admission Offer

We understand that plans change.  If you do not wish to attend this program please email with your full name, ASU ID number (located on admissions letter), and your intention to decline the offer.  This will help to ensure that ASU advisors do not reach out regarding next steps and registration.

Click here to review your program’s available courses within your semester of admission and select classes for enrollment.

Now What?

Prior to beginning your first course it is important that you read and understand the information available under “Current Students” on this advising website.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Program Handbook, Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, and Graduate College Policies & Procedures.  Students are responsible for information contained on this advising website, we recommend that you bookmark this page. 

Login to MyASU and complete items listed in Priority Tasks.

        Graduate College Field Guide to Grad School

ASU Graduate Admissions Next Steps

Financial Aid & Scholarship Services

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Current Students

Staff Academic Advising Questions

We are here to help!  E-mail with questions related to policies and procedures to help you navigate graduate school successfully.
Many of the answers to your questions may be on this website and in the Program Handbook, please review both carefully.

Student Travel

The New College may provide up to $300 to support graduate student travel to academic and professional conferences.  Students may also receive up to $950 for travel from GPSA.

Apply for BDS Research & Travel Funding from MNS (updated form coming soon)

Apply for GPSA Travel Funding

Graduate College Travel Funding

Important Student Support Resources

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What is the Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS)?

The Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS) functions as an agreement between the student, the academic unit, and the ASU Graduate College. It will support you as you make progress toward your degree requirements. (Learn More)

The iPOS allows you to plan for your course load, can guide registration each term, and provides an anticipated timeline for degree completion.

How do I select courses for my iPOS?

At the time of admission to a graduate program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences students are provided with a sequence of courses for the first semester and then work closely with the staff and faculty advisors to determine a successful path to degree completion.

How to create an iPOS?

To access the iPOS: Login to My ASU. From the My Programs box, under the Programs tab, select iPOS. Select Graduate Interactive Plan of Study (iPOS). Note: Pop up blockers may need to be turned off.  You will find instructions for submitting the iPOS in the downloadable how-to guide.

Individualized Instruction Form

Advanced students in the MSBDS program with specialized and well-developed topics may choose to take ACO, BIO, or MAT 580: Practicum, ACO, BIO, or MAT 590: Reading and Conference, or ACO, BIO, or MAT 592: Research as an individualized instruction course, working with a faculty member independently.  Please refer to the MSBDS Program Handbook for additional policies.

After consulting with the faculty member with whom you want to work, please complete the Online Individualized Instruction Form.  After completing the form, it may take several days to receive the line number to register.

Please submit the request to complete an individualized instruction course two weeks prior to the start of any academic semester. 


If you are interested in completing an internship for academic credit, please follow the steps below:

  1. Please confirm with your graduate academic advisor that the internship meets your program’s degree requirements.
  2. Contact the New College Director of Internships, Diane Mallory at or call 602-543-6047.
  3. Once enrolled in the course, email your graduate advisor at to add it to your iPOS or you can log directly into your iPOS to submit a course change approval to ensure the internship is included in your degree requirements.

All students must work with their faculty advisors to complete an applied project or thesis proposal. The proposal must be approved by your iPOS Faculty Committee Chair/Advisor and the MSBDS Program Director. Students must submit the proposal form no later than 2 weeks prior to beginning the semester of the applied project or thesis.

Applied Project/Thesis Proposal Approval Process

To be eligible to enroll in 593 or 599, a student must:  

  • Have an up-to-date and approved iPOS on file 
  • Have completed the Core Course Requirements of 21 credit hours 
  • Download and complete the Applied Project Proposal form or the Thesis Proposal form. 
  • Upon entering your second semester of the program, you will have been sent an invitation to join the BDS Canvas Proposal organization. 
  • When you receive the invitation, please accept and proceed to upload the completed Applied Project or Thesis proposal into the BDS Canvas org 
  • The faculty chair and program director will review and approve the uploaded proposal in the canvas organization 
  • Graduate advising will process the course override for the approved proposal to allow you to register for the class. 
  • Please review the Applied Project and Thesis Requirements section of the MSBDS Program Handbook for more information.

Forming a relationship with a faculty advisor is one of the most important elements of graduate college.  Your advisor can help you in selecting the proper courses, in developing your culminating experience, and, more generally, in understanding the complexities of graduate-level education.  Each MS student must identify a primary faculty advisor who will help you identify other faculty members for your research thesis or applied project supervisory committee.

Below is a list of your program’s faculty who may potentially serve as your faculty chair/advisor.

Use the ASU iSearch feature to read more about each faculty’s expertise and research.

  • Becky Ball
  • Jennifer Broatch
  • Kimberly Bussey
  • Thomas Cahill
  • Suzanne Dietrich
  • Lara Ferry
  • Chad Johnson
  • Peter Jukurta
  • Sree Kanthaswamy
  • Max Leung
  • Joel Nishimura
  • Jonathan Parrott
  • Beth Polidoro
  • Todd Sandrin
  • Dhara Shah
  • James Sulikowski
  • Carl Wagner
  • Feng Wang
  • Karen Watanabe
  • Lauren Weidner
  • Kuai Xu
  • Yunpeng Zhao
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