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, and a statement of interest.


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

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

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

Required Core Courses

Select 9 credits from the following:9
Personalized Medicine
Cancer Genomics
Human Genetics
Human Genetics Concepts for Health Care
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
Total Credits9


Select 6 credits from the following:6
Selected Topics in Microbiology
Selected Topics in Animal Biology
Advanced Topics in Immunology
Cancer Genomics
Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics
Selected Topics in Genetics
General Biochemistry
Pathogenic Microbiology
Advanced Eukaryotic Cell Biology
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Current Topics in Biology 1
Seminar in Molecular, Microbial, and Cellular Biology
Systems Biology
Bioinformatics Methods
Molecular Biotechnology
Up to 4 credits of BIOL 693 and/or BINF 796. 1
Total Credits6