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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University November 12, 2007 | Vol. 37 No. 11
Biotech Students From Bangalore to Baltimore Can Now Study Online

Fully online master's degrees maintain rigorous curricula, add convenience

By Ken Schappelle
School of Arts and Sciences

Students anywhere can now study online to earn a master of science in biotechnology or bioscience regulatory affairs at Johns Hopkins through the university's Advanced Biotechnology Studies program.

The online degree programs, which received Maryland Higher Education Commission endorsement in October, will open for enrollment for the spring 2008 semester. The degrees join the university's master of science in bioinformatics to expand the breadth and depth of Johns Hopkins' fully online degree offerings.

"Now, biotechnology students from Bangalore to Baltimore can study together and continue to expand the global talent pool for disciplines such as bioscience regulatory affairs, biotechnology and bioinformatics," said Richard McCarty, chair of the Advanced Biotechnology Studies program in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. "And our mature online platform ensures that students receive a convenient, flexible, yet rigorous education in the biotechnology sciences."

Since January 2006, Johns Hopkins has offered its fully online master of science in bioinformatics, a joint program between the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. This experience has allowed program coordinators and professors in the ABS program to develop and refine a comprehensive approach to online education.

"The university is dedicated to a bold initiative of augmenting our existing on-site degree offerings with quality distance learning in a robust, interactive and asynchronous online format," said Sarah Steinberg, associate dean in the Krieger School. "The success we've had with our bioinformatics program reassured us that providing the biotechnology and bioscience regulatory affairs degrees in the online platform as well was the right thing to do. And because the format is asynchronous, students can keep pace with their peers regardless of where they live."

For more information about Johns Hopkins' part-time graduate degree available through the Advanced Biotechnology Studies program, go to


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