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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 NOTICE

Mason will start the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online classes, and research activities. Review Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan, see University information on COVID-19, and explore College level resources

Genetic science research

Explore the growing national and regional demand for trained computational biologists by combining a solid foundation in biotechnology with computational skills relevant to bioinformatics.

With online and in-classroom courses, the flexibility of this certificate's structure permits students to custom design their curriculum under an advisor's guidance, making the graduate certificate especially relevant for students employed in today's diverse Northern Virginia high-technology workplace. Ideal candidates for this certificate are those who have a background in biological and computer sciences, and are currently working in or planning to enter the fields of biotechnology or bioinformatics. The certificate is also highly relevant for students who are interested in advancing their career goals but may not have adequate time available to undertake a graduate degree program.

Systems Biology graduate student, Parsa Hosseini, presents his research on "The defense response landscape of phytohormone-treated soybean (Glycine max) roots" in class.

Program Highlights

  • All courses are also offered online, allowing students to participate in class without having to travel to campus. 
  • The certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree: