Graduate Degrees in Biodefense

Mason offers a master's, online master's, and PhD in Biodefense.

Degree Programs

PhD in Biodefense

The doctoral program in Biodefense will provide you with a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. It will prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity.

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Gregory Koblentz, Associate Professor, Biodefense. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University.

Master's in Biodefense

George Mason University’s Biodefense program bridges the gap between science and policy by providing you with the knowledge and analytic skills to assess the risks posed by natural and man-made biological threats and to develop strategies for reducing these risks to national and international security.

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Master's in Biodefense (Online)

The master's in Biodefense program can be pursued entirely online. Online biodefense courses are an asynchronous format – instructors make the class instruction available online for students to access at any time from any location. Courses are typically accessible via Blackboard. Students generally must adhere to an established schedule of due dates.

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“The biodefense program was a perfect fit. It was flexible, innovative, and provided great balance between the policy realm and technical issues associated with biological threats – a truly unique program.”
— Brian Mazanec

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The Biodefense program is located in the Washington, DC area in Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia.

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