• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online coursework, no visits to campus required
  • Complete your degree in 24 months
  • This program is ideal for students who already have Microbiology or MLS certification and  who are interested in rising to management or supervisory positions in diverse microbiology laboratory settings

Master of Science in Translational Microbiology

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 Masters in Translational Microbiology is a non-clinical program that explores innovative methods in translational research, health care 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 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 by 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

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
GWs online MSHS in Translational Microbiology 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.

Career Outlook
Translational microbiology is an in-demand field where the number of jobs is expected to increase by 8% by 2026, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research and disseminate results that assist the global field of medical laboratory sciences in preventing the spread of infectious diseases in diverse settings such as research positions in microbiology or biotechnology, public health laboratories, research institutions, or government agencies. Careers in translational microbiology include:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor/Manager
  • MLT/MLS teaching position
  • Microbiology Laboratory Scientist

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.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree in a basic science or health related science (e.g. medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. A written personal statement

    Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)

  4. Completed Application
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  7. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  8. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  9. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
  10. Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policies in the Health Sciences Programs Bulletin: https://smhs.gwu.edu/academics/health-sciences/student-services/bulletin.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


The MSHS in Translational Microbiology consists of 36 credit hours, including 18 hours of MLS coursework to develop a foundational understanding of microbiological sciences and to apply this knowledge through a mentored research project, 12 credit hours of quantitative data analysis, 3 credits of strategic leadership concepts, and 3 credit hours in ethical implications and research. For the administrative and leadership component of the program, choose one of the following for 3 credits:

HSCI 6241 The Health Care Enterprise (3)

HSCI 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership (3)

HSCI 6240 Issues and Trends in Health Systems (3)

  • HSCI 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership 3 Credits

    Requires students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. Topics in Healthcare Leadership is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing and ideas, and extrapolating current literature into practical application. The focus is on thinking. While very structured, the course is not didactic in nature. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

  • HSCI 6240 Issues and Trends in Health Systems 3 Credits

    You will examine clinical research and health care environments at the macro-level, which translates to identifying and examining the larger contemporary issues, trends, policies, and pressures that influence and shape current clinical research and health care practices.

  • HSCI 6241 The Health Care Enterprise 3 Credits

    Designed the around the development of an enterprise strategic plan, exposes the student to the essential components of business administration. The student identifies an enterprise, develops a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, a marketing strategy, and an economic model for sustainability. Through the development of an integrated strategic plan the student builds an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. This course has a primary deliverable outside of the weekly discussions in which material for the final plan is developed. Current environmental pressures and health care reform measures that have significant impact on the health care enterprise inform the course. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

  • Electives6 Credits

  • HSCI 6263 Biostatistics for Clinical & Translational Research 3 Credits

    One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

  • HSCI 6264Epidemiology for Clinical & Translational Research 3 Credits

    This course is designed to be a foundation of basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, students utilize this course to study and improve the health of populations and learn of its applications for translational research.

  • HSCI 6270 Research Methods I for Health Professionals I 3 Credits

    This course and HSCI 6271 are designed to provide the graduate student with the foundations necessary to conduct graduate level research using both quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. HSCI 6270 will provide a broad foundational basis from which the student can then pursue a more focused research project in HSCI 6271 tailored to the student’s program of study.

  • HSCI 6271Research Methods II for Health Professionals II3 Credits

    Provides the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize clinical research, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Building on basic statistical and epidemiological concepts acquired in HSCI270, students learn the essentials of research study design. By reviewing the literature and critically examining clinical research studies, students explore the similarities, differences, benefits, and limitations of diverse approaches to clinical research design, and obtain the knowledge and skills needed to make evidence-based decisions to inform healthcare practice.

  • MLS 6115Advanced Parasitology and Mycology 1 Credit

    A systematic approach to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic and fungal diseases. The symptomology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, and treatment of the various parasites and fungi that infect humans. Other topics include disease causation and specimen collection/handling.

  • MLS 6216Microbial Pathogenesis 3 Credits

    A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

  • MLS 6217 Medical Biotechnology 2 Credits

    A comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

  • MLS 6244 Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity 3 Credits

    Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

  • MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS3 Credits

    Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

  • MLS 6246 Capstone Project3 Credits

    Students apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to complete an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project will have been developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics in MLS course (MLS 6245) during the previous semester.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
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  • The prestige of a GW degree
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    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
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