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This certificate is based upon a set of core courses that currently support the Biology, MS; the Biosciences, PhD; the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MS; and the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, PhD degree programs. Students completing this certificate will receive the most up-to-date advanced education available in the region. Completion of the certificate will enhance the careers of those students who are already working in this area, and can also serve as a useful intermediate step towards later enrollment in master's or doctoral programs.

Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon or in the evening to accommodate students with full-time employment outside of the university.

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Prospective students should hold an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or current employment in clinical or translational research, diagnostics lab, or biological data analysis field.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the George Mason University Admissions Application, all undergraduate transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, a statement of interest, and GRE general scores or MCAT scores.


Students may not enroll initially in any College of Science master's or doctoral program and later transfer into this certificate program.

For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Premium Tuition

This certificate charges students a differential tuition rate of $100 per credit hour, which is added to the standard graduate tuition rate (regardless of in or out of state status).

Banner Code: SC-CERG-PRSM

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Required Core Courses

BIOL 562Personalized Medicine3
BIOL 572Human Genetics3
or BIOL 666 Human Genetics Concepts for Health Care
BIOS 743Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics3
Total Credits9


Select 6 credits from any of these electives:6
Advanced Topics in Immunology
Cancer Genomics
Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics
Selected Topics in Genetics
Pathogenic Microbiology
Advanced Eukaryotic Cell Biology
Seminar in Molecular, Microbial, and Cellular Biology
Systems Biology
Bioinformatics Methods
Molecular Biotechnology
Gene Expression Analysis
Up to 4 credits of BIOL 693 and/or BINF 796. 1
Total Credits6

Credit for these two courses may only be applied toward the certificate's elective courses if the research topic is relevant to personalized or translational medicine.