The Master of Science in Biodefense prepares students to become the next generation of biodefense and biosecurity professionals and scholars. This program provides students with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context.
Please see Graduate Admissions for information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines for the Biodefense master's program may be found on the Schar admissions website.
Completed applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed on a rolling basis, with late applications considered on a space-available basis. Students may be admitted for nondegree study and apply a limited number of credits toward the master's degree should they choose to apply to the degree program later, in accordance AP.6.4.1 Change from Nondegree Status.
Students admitted to a Schar program will be terminated from the Schar school upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in the school. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses.
For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.
Total credits: 36
The schedule of courses that students plan on taking should be approved in an education plan designed by the students and their advisor during the student’s first semester. Students must receive the permission of their advisor to take courses outside of the Biodefense Program.
Students are strongly encouraged to take the core courses as early as possible because they provide the foundation for the rest of the program.
|BIOD 604||Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and Toxins||3|
|BIOD 605||Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents||3|
|BIOD 609||Biodefense Strategy||3|
|BIOD 620||Global Health Security Policy||3|
|BIOD 710||Health Security Preparedness||3|
|GOVT 500||The Scientific Method and Research Design||3|
|Select 15 credits from the following: 1||15|
|Introductory Data Analysis for Policy and Government|
|Topics in Public Policy|
|Global Medical Systems Policy Analysis|
|Public Policy in Global Health and Medical Practice|
|Global Threats and Medical Policies|
|Human Smuggling and Trafficking|
|Ethics in Health Policy|
|Health Policy Analysis|
|Foundations of Security Studies|
|Emergency Planning and Preparedness|
|Disaster Response Operations and Recovery|
|Emergency Preparedness: Interagency Communication and Coordination|
|Managing Homeland Security|
|Refugees in the Contemporary World|
|Topics in Policy and Government|
Other courses must be approved by the program advisor. Up to six elective credits may be taken outside of Schar.
|BIOD 790||Global Health Security Capstone||3|
Bachelor's Degree (any)/Biodefense, Accelerated MS
Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Biodefense, MS. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a Biodefense, MS with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years.
To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.
Accelerated Option Requirements
While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are BIOD 604 Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and Toxins, GOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research Design, BIOD 605 Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents and BIOD 620 Global Health Security Policy. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.
Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).