Learn about specific application requirements and procedures for KGI’s PhD program.
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Only those students who have completed a 2-year accredited master’s degree with experiential learning and professional development components may apply for admission to the PhD in Applied Life Sciences. Examples of such degrees include KGI’s own Master of Business and Science, Master of Engineering in Bioprocessing, or the Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences as well as some professional master’s degrees like those in genetic counseling.
If you meet the degree requirement, you must also have experience or skill related to KGI’s areas of research. Before applying, please review our faculty research areas to ensure fit. You may also contact the Admissions staff to learn about specific research projects available for the upcoming admissions cycle.
An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:
Note for international applicants, SpanTran has created a custom application for Keck Graduate Institute that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. You can access their application here: SpanTran Pathway – Keck Graduate Institute
A video meeting interview (e.g. Zoom) or on-campus interview is a requirement for admission. The Office of Admissions will schedule individual interviews once your application is completed.
The PhD Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application. Applications will be considered in the context of the total applicant pool, as well as in relation to our general admissions standards. We do not use arbitrary grade points or test score cutoffs.
All admissions decisions are final for the academic year in which they are rendered.
Admitted students are required to submit a $400 non-refundable enrollment fee to hold their spot in the program. Additionally, counselors maintain contact with admitted students to ensure all official documents are received.
Admitted students also receive regular communication from the Admissions Office with important information about preparing for study, student life, housing, orientation, and other topics of interest.
We also encourage you to review the Funding Your Degree page for valuable scholarship and loan information and relevant deadlines for both domestic and international students.
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