Developing Leaders in Healthcare and the Applied Life Sciences

A message from President Sheldon M. Schuster, PhD

Welcome to Keck Graduate Institute!

By every measure, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) is in a league of its own. Our faculty is world class. Our students are poised to become international leaders in their fields. Our programs are literally without peer—we remain, nearly two decades after our founding, the only professional graduate school dedicated to education and research in the life sciences. Yet, what truly distinguishes KGI is a relentless focus on impact: a commitment to scientific innovation capable of strengthening communities and improving lives.

With their native talent and the training they receive here, KGI students and alumni work at the intersection of science and business to harness such transformative possibilities as engineering solutions to global health challenges, bringing breakthrough drugs to market, and innovating approaches to reaching the underserved. At KGI, we leverage strategic thinking to expand our capacity for visionary change.

Our unique programs blaze an extraordinary trail. Students in our signature Master of Business and Science (MBS) program develop the tools they will need to take discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace, integrating bioengineering with management, finance, and bioethics. Our innovative Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program gives students a platform for active learning through hands-on, team-based classes and key access to industry stakeholders. KGI Doctor of Philosophy candidates hone their expertise in research areas relevant to applied bioscience, empowering them to advance exciting new applications with broad social benefit.

Our Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) program continues to solidify its exceptional track record for graduate placement: 81 percent of students completing the PPC program gained admission to at least one medical school in the last year. Following in the footsteps of our successful PPC program, we launched a Postbaccalaurate Pre-PA Certificate (PPA) Program in the Fall of 2018 that will help students meet entrance requirements for Physician Assistant School.

Graduates of our Master of Science (MS) in Applied Life Sciences program are uniquely positioned to excel in a variety of careers addressing the critical and managerial needs of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical and academic laboratories. In addition to the MS program, KGI partnered with the Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope (IMGS) to form a brand new Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) program, which launches in Fall 2018.

Scientists and engineers in our Postdoctoral Professional Master’s (PPM) program acquire the necessary business and management skills to pursue senior leadership positions within the life science industry or to launch entrepreneurial ventures geared toward commercializing new technologies. Through our Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing (MEng) program, students deepen their understanding of molecular biology, biotechnology, and chemistry and how these subjects can be combined with creative, application-centered engineering. Beginning in Fall 2019, KGI’s newest program, the Master of Science in Medical Device Engineering (MSMDE), will will prepare students for engineering roles in functional areas such as invention, development, and production of medical devices. 

In the Fall of 2016, we announced two important developments that signal the growth and success of KGI. The campus housing project was approved by the Claremont Architectural Commission and we expect the housing to open in 2019. We also announced that an Amgen gift of $1.5 million will fund a Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program that enrolled its first students in the 2018-2019 academic year. Additionally, we have added a Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) program that also enrolled students in the Fall of 2018.

Finally, KGI continues to support the exciting, innovative pedagogy and programs of the Minerva Schools at KGI, based in San Francisco. Please visit the MSKGI website to learn more about its programs and admissions.

We invite you to visit KGI and explore how our innovative institution might be the perfect match for you.