KGI/MSCC Master of Science
This one-of-a-kind degree program established jointly by Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (KGI) and the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center (MSCC) is designed to educate research scientists to become leaders in translational medicine and the life science industries. Students in the two-year program will gain a deep understanding of the molecular basis of disease and have multiple opportunities to work on real projects involving premier companies and research institutes in both the United States and India. Graduates of this innovative program will be highly qualified for careers in India's growing life sciences industry as well as working with clinical trials.
About KGI: One of the prestigious Claremont Colleges and the only graduate institution in the United States devoted solely to bioscience education and discovery, KGI is known for its world-class professional science masters programs in the applied life sciences.
About MSCC: A 1400-bed comprehensive cancer center with state-of-the art technologies, the MSCC is one of the largest cancer centers in the world and has a unique commitment to provide the highest caliber of care to everyone in need. The center also houses the Mazumdar-Shaw Translational Research Center where scientists practicing clinical and translational research strive to transform laboratory discoveries in to new therapies for cancer patients.
Students may enroll in the program beginning in mid-August each year. Applications will be accepted through May 1. Students will spend the first year of the two-year program in residence at KGI in California and will return to Bangalore for laboratory rotations and further laboratory experiences or coursework in the second year. A summer laboratory internship, clinical trials experience, business internship, or additional coursework may be performed in the U.S. or in Bangalore before the second year. At the end of the program, a thesis of research outcomes is expected in most circumstances.
At KGI: Students will complete the first year at KGI, with emphasis on molecular and cellular applied life sciences. Students will be integrated with master's, PhD, and postdoctoral students enrolled in KGI's School of Applied Life Sciences and will participate in campus activities, networking, professional development and student service programs adapted to their needs.
At MSCC: The second year will be spent on laboratory research and the successful completion of a thesis/project capstone with faculty at the Bangalore MSCC. Faculty teaching and advising in the program will have joint appointments with MSCC and KGI, and they will provide elective coursework and independent research opportunities. Students may perform laboratory research and/or oncology clinical trials.
Recruitment and Admissions
A bachelor's degree in science or engineering is required. The TOEFL exam and the GRE must be submitted with an application. The MSCC and KGI will jointly evaluate applicants. Several webinars (to be posted soon) will be scheduled for prospective students to learn more about this program.
Fifty-four credits are required to earn the M.S. degree. A full-time student is expected to take 12-18 credits each semester. Three credits in the program will involve a 15-week semester with approximately 3 hours per week of instructor-student contact time and approximately 6 hours of student study or group work per week. Half courses (1.5 credits) ast for approximately 7 weeks.
The first year in residence at KGI involves 54 credits of study. All students must take a common core of four introductory (300 level) science credits and two half courses in ethics and business/science communications and may elect six advanced science credits (400 level courses).
The courses at KGI are made up of introductory science credits (300 level courses), professional development credits, advanced technical credits (400 level courses), and elective credits (300 or 400 level courses). All students must take a common core of four introductory (300 level) science credits and mandatory courses in ethics and business/science communications. All students must also take six advanced science electives (400 level courses).
The remaining twenty-one credits are to be taken in the second-year in Bangalore and taught by MSCC-KGI faculty. It is expected that 9 of these credits will be in the form of laboratory rotations and 12 of the credits will be the capstone experience: either a Team Masters Project or an individually designed masters project resulting in a Master's Thesis.
A schematic of the 2 year MS curriculum is as follows:
|Core science credits||12.0|
|Advanced science credits||18.0|
|Professional development credits||3.0|
|2nd-year MSCC credits (including capstone)||21.0|
CORE SCIENCE CREDITS: All students must complete the 4 core science credits in order to complete the MS degree.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS: All students must complete the professional development credits in order to complete the MS degree.
2nd-YEAR MSCC CREDITS (INCLUDING CAPSTONE)
ADVANCED SCIENCE CREDITS: Students must complete 18 credits of 400 level science courses.
Tuition and Fees
Students will pay the KGI tuition of $25,000 for the first year and $5,000 for the second year. Living expenses in California are expected to be approximately $16,000 for the year in residence. There is no financial aid available from KGI for this program. MSCC will provide information on costs of the program and potential sources of financial support in India to applicants.
For more information about the program contact admissions[at symbol]kgi.edu or 888-KECK-GRAD.