Biotechnology/National Security Studies Certificate

for March 29 the MS in Biotechnology Online Open House.

In today’s complex and uncertain world, the United States has made national security a priority. From the Department of Homeland Security to the National Intelligence Agency, there’s an increasing need for dynamic, multi-skilled professionals to join the nation’s efforts to protect its citizens and way of life. Johns Hopkins has designed the Master of Science in Biotechnology/Certificate in National Security Studies to meet the needs of America’s security community in the field of biodefense.

Quick Stats

Course Locations MS in Biotechnology: Rockville, MD; Baltimore, MD; Online.
Certificate in National Security Studies: Washington, DC
Available 100% Online MS in Biotechnology – Yes
Certificate in National Security Studies – No
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 13 courses (10 for the MS in Biotechnology; three for the Certificate in National Security Studies)

The Johns Hopkins MS in Biotechnology/Certificate in National Security Studies offers you a unique, multidisciplinary educational experience while training you to support the mission of the security community. It’s a popular option for students because it gives you the opportunity to pursue your MS in Biotechnology (with a concentration in biodefense) while earning the certificate in National Security Studies simultaneously.

The program offers an extensive exploration of basic science, applied science, and lab science, with a focus on national defense along with a traditional grounding in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, and proteomics. It also brings together experts in government, international relations, bioscience, and military affairs to provide you with the tools to analyze threats that challenge US security, at home and abroad.

It’s a comprehensive approach that will support your professional advancement by providing a complementary education in both the policy language of national security and the scientific underpinnings of biodefense. More than that, this dual degree program provides you with an essential blend of skills highly sought after by the defense and intelligence communities.


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