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Master's Degree

Master of Science (ScM)

Offered By: Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Onsite | Full-Time | 2 years

About This Program

The MMI ScM program is designed for students who wish to gain a solid didactic background in infectious diseases and guided research experience in the laboratory or field. Coursework focuses on the biology and pathogenesis of major bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases. ScM students conduct one laboratory rotation, complete a written comprehensive examination at the end of the first year, and complete an original research project under the guidance and mentorship of a member of the MMI core faculty. The program is designed to provide the academic, research, professional experiences, and credentials that enhance the competitiveness of students who apply for advanced training in a PhD program or medical school and who are considering upper-level research positions in academia, government or industry.

Program Highlights

Original Research

 in a range of research topics

Coursework and 1-2 Lab Rotations

prepares students for PhD programs and upper-level research positions

Research-Based Thesis

under the guidance of a faculty mentor

Opportunity for Special Studies

conducted one-on-one with Department faculty

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Sample Careers

  • PhD Candidate
  • Medical School
  • Research Scientist in academia, government and industry
  • Science Communication


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Research Areas

The Department's current research areas in the ScM program include:

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program. Students have the option of distributing the scholarship entirely in their second year of study or receive a 25% reduction in tuition their first year and 50% in their second year.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help. 

Academic Program Administrator
Ms. Gail O'Connor
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E5008
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: (410) 614-4232
Fax: (410) 955-0105