Master of Science
The two-year Master of Science Program (ScM) is designed for students preparing for PhD programs or considering upper-level research positions in academia, government or industry.
The degree is constructed to provide students with a capacity to perform independent research and a firm understanding of research principles and practices.
In addition to the required coursework, ScM students conduct two laboratory rotations, take a written comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the first year, complete original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, write a research-based thesis, and present the research in a seminar.
For more detailed information about the ScM degree, please consult the Master’s Program Handbook.
Schoolwide courses required of all masters' students:
- 550.860 Academic and Research Ethics
- 550.86 Public Health Perspectives on Research
Select two of the following four core MMI courses:
- 260.852 Fundamental Virology
- 260.627 Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections
- 260.635 Biology of Parasitology
- 260.652 Principles of Public Health Ecology
Required ScM immunology course:
- 260.611-260.612: Principles of Immunology I and II
Select one of the following literature courses:
- 260.852: Molecular Biology Literature
- 260.657: Vector Biology and Disease Ecology
- 260.854: Current Literature in Microbial Immunity
- 260.855: Pandemics of the 20th Century
The remaining credits are flexible and may be individualized based on the student’s interests and career aspirations. Students may take courses offered in MMI or in other departments within and outside of the School.
Credits may also be earned for Special Studies conducted one-on-one with Department faculty. Examples of courses taken by current and former students include:
- Vector Biology
- Statistical Reasoning
- Topics in AIDS Research
- Principles of Epidemiology
- Evolution of Infectious Diseases
- Introduction to Molecular Biology
- Vaccine Development and Application
- Graduate Immunology
- Advanced topics in AIDS Research
How to Apply
Prospective students should submit the School's online application, which requires the following documents:
- Official transcript
- Official GRE or MCAT scores
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose
All master’s students may first apply to the MHS Program. At the end of the second term of the first year, students may apply for transfer to the Department's Master of Science Program. Students who are certain that they want to pursue a research-based degree that involves conducting original research may also apply directly to the ScM Program.
While applications are accepted starting in January, the deadline to apply to the ScM Program is April 1 for the training program beginning the following September. Fully completed applications are reviewed and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Gail O'Connor
Academic Program Administrator
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Phone: (410) 614-4232
Fax: (410) 955-0105