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Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Investigate, Diagnose and Defeat Disease

Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to advance — or begin — your career in testing, diagnostics, and leadership.

Online Programs in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

As a leader in medical education, the George Washington University’s (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a suite of Post-Baccalaureate Certificates and Master’s in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program geared toward laboratory professionals looking to advance to leadership positions, or individuals new to this exciting field.

MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

Become an effective leader at blood banking laboratories, donor centers and more with a unique, non-clinical program based in the innovative methods that are key in transfusion medicine.

MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science

Pair molecular biology and biotechnology coursework to examine the latest nucleic acid-based technologies to solve complex issues in molecular diagnostics and quality to sit for the ASCP MB exam.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Molecular Diagnostic Science

Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience to work with DNA, RNA, proteins, and lipids to detect, diagnose, and monitor disease and select optimal therapies. Qualify to take the ASCP Molecular Biology (MB) exam in just 18 months.

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Careers in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Given the rise of commercialized, at-home DNA testing kits and recently proven medical capabilities particularly in cancer diagnosis and treatment, the need for diagnostic molecular scientists who can ethically and properly manage the challenges of molecular testing and the data it provides is great. 

When you graduate with a molecular biology or biotechnology degree from GW, you’ll be prepared to work as a technologist or leader in a public health laboratory, research institution, biotechnology firm, pharmaceutical company, blood bank laboratories, or blood centers.

Medical technologists with molecular biology skills earn a median salary of $55,740 per year, with the top 10% earning more than $73,000.1

Possible careers that graduates can pursue include:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Blood Banking Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Medical Technologist 
  • MLT/MLS Instructor 
  • Public Health Microbiologist
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist
  • Transfusion Medicine Scientist

Top-Ranked Education

  • Fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ranked #70 Best National University in 2020 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #86 Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges ranking
  • Ranked #20 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs 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. Payscale (2020 January 20). Medical Technologist with Molecular Biology Skills. Retrieved on February 19, 2020, from