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Online Master of Science in Translational Microbiology

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Become a Leader at the Forefront of Translational Infectious Disease Research

The George Washington University’s (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Translational Microbiology equips students to interpret and design translational microbiological research and discover solutions to infectious disease-related health issues. The program is designed for current laboratory professionals with medical laboratory scientist or microbiology certifications or for individuals who want a graduate degree focusing in microbiology who are not interested in certification.  The program provides the foundation of laboratory research best practices and strategic leadership models to prepare you to advance your career in a variety of laboratory settings.

The flexible online Master’s in Translational Microbiology is a non-clinical program that explores innovative methods in translational research, healthcare leadership, and microbial pathogenesis to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to successfully carry out and be part of a team working on the forefront of translational infectious disease research.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to perform research in hospital labs or biotechnology companies or rise to management or supervisory positions in diverse microbiology laboratory settings.

Program Details

  • Modality: Fully online
  • Total credit hours: 36
  • Total number of courses: 13
  • Program completion: Two years (part-time)
  • Residency requirement: No on-campus residency or coursework

Program Outcomes

The online MSHS in Translational Microbiology program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You’ll gain the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in clinical research, so when you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of theory and principles related to the diagnosis of infectious diseases
  • Analyze experimental results and data
  • Communicate research results accurately and professionally
  • Display responsible conduct in research
  • Design and conduct independent projects in accordance with the scientific research method
  • Evaluate new information and research findings by referring to a solid body of knowledge of infectious agents and their biology
  • Prepare and present scientific research data to peers

What Can You Do With an MSHS in Translational Microbiology?

  • Conduct research and disseminate results that assist the global field of medical laboratory sciences in preventing the spread of infectious diseases
  • Become a leader within an in-demand field where the number of available jobs is expected to increase 8% by 2026, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Pursue research positions in microbiology or biotechnology, public health laboratories, research institutions,  or government agencies

Career Outlook

When you complete the master’s in Translational Microbiology program, you’ll have gained the knowledge, experience, and skills to pursue positions such as:


Biotechnology Research Associate


Laboratory Manager


Microbiology Lab Supervisor


Microbiology Research Associate


Source: Payscale.com, March 2018

Sample Course Offerings

MLS 6115

Advanced Clinical Parasitology and Mycology

MLS 6216

Microbial Pathogenesis

MLS 6217

Medical Biotechnology

MLS 6263

Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

MLS 6264

Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

MLS 6270

Research Methods for Health Professionals I

MLS 6271

Research Methods for Health Professionals II

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree in a basic science or health related science (e.g. medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution 
  • For international students, submit your official score of one of the following exams:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Realize Your Future in Translational Microbiology

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Translational Microbiology, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323 or request more information.