Bioinformatics and Biotechnology

Hand holding test tube with DNA

Today it is more possible than ever to understand the intricacies of life and how to improve it through the application of that understanding.

The Master of Professional Studies in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology degree from GW prepares students to excel through a cross-disciplinary approach, delivering both academic knowledge and practical experience (within wet labs and computational labs) about bioinformatics and biotechnology. The curriculum integrates components of molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, computer programming, molecular modeling, and ultimately the business and entrepreneurship skills necessary to bring new discoveries to the marketplace.

Graduates will be prepared with in-demand skills, including data analysis, programming, new product commercialization, and data generation as well as career skills in the bioinformatics and biotechnology fields. Specific examples include:

  • Acquiring a level of competence with scripting and programming
  • Gaining hands-on laboratory skills in protein and DNA extraction and assay
  • Using bioinformatics and computational tools for biomolecular modeling and DNA sequence analysis
  • Analyzing experimental data with informatics toolsets
  • Learning about business and research practices to launch new ventures
  • Developing an awareness of the related ethical, policy, and management issues

Founded at the intersection of bioinformatics, biotechnology, and business, GW's master’s degree program is targeted toward professionals interested in entering or advancing within this evolving field. Successful students will likely have backgrounds in biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or computer engineering.

The Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology is made possible through the collaboration of the College of Professional Studies, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business. In addition, the expertise of the faculty and staff at the Computational Biology Institute and Center for Biomolecular Sciences are helping this ground-breaking degree program to raise the bar within this area of study from GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA.

Program Contacts:

Avery Hymel
Senior Recruitment & Enrollment Specialist
(703) 248-2800

Keith A. Crandall, PhD
Program Director
(571) 553-1046