12 months
1531 USD/credit 47461 USD/year
1531 USD/credit 47461 USD/year
643 USD/credit 19933 USD/year
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This Bioinformatics and Computational Biology degree from George Mason University addresses the growing national and regional demand for trained computational biologists. It combines a solid foundation in biotechnology with the computational skills required for bioinformatics.

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The flexibility of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology degree at George Mason University permits students to custom design their curriculum under an advisor's guidance, making the program especially relevant for students employed in today's diverse biotechnology workplace. 

Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of current bioinformatics methods and applications, and the ability to develop and/or use new bioinformatics software.

Key Features 

  • Courses are generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students with full-time employment outside the university. 
  • Students employed at area biotechnology organizations may take up to 6 credits (out of 31) for bioinformatics work done on the job, under the guidance of a faculty member. 
  • This work-related project may be applied as either a 3-credit research project or a 6-credit master's thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Bioinformatics Methods
  • Molecular Cell Biology for Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics Programming
  • Systems Biology
  • Colloquium in Bioinformatics
  • Research Project
  • Master's Thesis

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  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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General requirements

  • Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in biology, computer science, or a related field, with a GPA of at least 3.00 in their last 60 credits of study. Applicants should have taken courses in biology, computer science, calculus, physical chemistry, and statistics. Students with deficiencies in one or more of these areas may be required to take additional courses from the undergraduate curriculum.

  • To apply, prospective students should complete a George Mason University Admissions Application, supply two copies of official transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended, a current résumé, and an expanded goals statement. Applicants should also include three letters of recommendation and official scores obtained on the GRE general exam. The GRE requirement will be waived if the student holds a master's degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1531 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    47461 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1531 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    19933 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 643 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
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