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Advance Your Career as a Microbiologist

The George Washington University (GW) offers two master’s-level programs in microbiology and one post-baccalaureate certificate, all with 100-percent online coursework.

Online Microbiology Programs

GW’s online Microbiology programs feature distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience.

MSHS in Clinical Microbiology

Discover the practical skills needed to identify and conduct research on human infectious diseases to help prevent the spread of infections in communities. Your flexible online program combined with a hands-on practicum will prepare you for success.

MSHS in Translational Microbiology

Receive the theory and practical skills to successfully work as part of a team at the forefront of translational infectious disease research. You’ll discover innovative methods to supervise or perform research in settings such as hospital labs or biotechnology companies.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science

Acquire valuable hands-on skills to qualify to take the sit for the ASCP Technologist in Microbiology exam and take on the challenges of finding and understanding the causes of disease in patients.

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Whether you’re curious about a specific program or the day-to-day requirements of learning online, we’re here to answer your questions. Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch.

Careers in Microbiology

Steady Growth and High Salaries

Jobs for microbiologists are projected to grow at a rate of 5% between 2018 and 2028, with the average annual median pay of $71,650 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top 10 percent of earners in this role make over $133,550 annually.1

Quality, Accredited Programs

  • GW’s MSHS in Clinical Microbiology and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Microbiology for Medical Laboratory Science are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • GW is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • GW was ranked No. 70 Best National University in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore an online program at the George Washington University, our dedicated staff is here to support you. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 844-386-7323.

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GW operates on 15-week semesters, with courses starting three times throughout the year in August, January, and May.

Online classes are designed to take the same amount of time as on-campus classes. They are taught by GW faculty members and have comparable assignments to campus programs that can be completed off-site. Each three-credit hour course is expected to take between 18-20 hours for coursework per week. As an off-campus student, you also save time that on-campus students spend commuting.

While most studies will be completed online, your program may require you to visit campus during the course of your studies.

No, you do not need to attend class at a specific time. Our online courses are designed to be asynchronous, giving you flexibility.

Assignments will have specified due dates that must be met. Students are expected to attend weekly class sessions and participate in weekly class collaborations.

Yes, an academic advisor will work with you throughout the admissions process, scheduling classes, and the course of your studies. GW also offers our online students 24/7 technical support.

Students in GW’s master’s, bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s programs may be eligible for financial aid. Students seeking graduate certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid.

You may also be able to benefit from loans, institutional scholarships, merit- or need-based grants, employer reimbursement programs, and more. Explore your options on our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Yes, GW is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

You can request more information to speak with a GW program manager, or you can begin the application process today.

Yes. GW’s transcript ordering service is available to interested applicants of the programs listed on this website. The service is designed to make the application process simpler for you, while also helping us expedite the admissions decision on your behalf. Our transcript services team will order all domestic transcripts once you decide to allow us to help you with this task.

The George Washington University will only request and pay for your domestic college transcripts that allow third-party requests up to the point of admission to the university. This means that any coursework completed after you are advised of an admission decision, including coursework you are currently completing, will still need to be submitted by you.

It is your responsibility to request and purchase these additional transcripts to complete your file. This information may be used to determine your eligibility for financial aid, admission, and potential transfer credits. Additionally, some institutions may require you to obtain your official transcripts directly; if this is the case, we will contact you.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Microbiologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved March 24, 2020, from