Biodefense, MS

Understanding biological threats is more important in today’s world than ever before. 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.

The master’s in Biodefense prepares students to become the next generation of biodefense and biosecurity professionals and scholars. This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.


Renowned Faculty

The Biodefense program includes many renowned scholars, including:

  • Gregory Koblentz, the program director, is a member of the Scientist Working Group on Chemical and Biological Weapons at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, DC., teaches and researches on international security and weapons of mass destruction.
  • A. Trevor Thrall, teaches courses on international security, political communication, and U.S. military intervention.
  • Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley teaches and researches nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
  • Bonnie Stabile teaches classes on policy analysis, program evaluation and ethics.

Located in the Washington, D.C., Area

Classes are offered in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government in the Washington, D.C., area on Mason’s Arlington and Fairfax campuses in Virginia. Our great location offers students an opportunity to study with leading scholars and practitioners closely connected to the epicenter of policymaking and public service. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

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