What if there was a way to save people’s lives threatened by debilitating diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease? Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, educates the next generation of scientists to do just this: to discover the latest drugs that become affordable, safe, and effective medicines and therapies for those that desperately need a cure.

At KGI, our Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing (MEng) program teaches students with backgrounds in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, or biomedical engineering to discover and manufacture vaccines, proteins, monoclonal antibodies, stem cells biologics, gene therapy, and engineered tissues. Graduates of KGI’s two-year program find rewarding careers in the global and competitive biopharmaceutical industry, where they translate the potential of new drug discoveries to save lives.

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Program Quick Facts

Program length
It takes four semesters (two years) to complete the MEng program.
Full or part-time program
The MEng program is a full-time program with classes during the day.
Online or in-person classes
All classes are done in-person along with lab work essential for learning.
Summer experience
During the summer of the first year, students must complete an internship, Team Master’s Project, or independent research.
Program tracks
Depending on their undergraduate training, students are assigned to one of two tracks: engineering or science.
Capstone requirements
The second year concludes with a capstone project.

MEng Program Details

  • With a MEng Degree from KGI, You Will:

    • Gain a powerful network through hands-on coaching and mentoring by senior academic and industry experts, housed within KGI’s Amgen Bioprocessing Center.
    • Develop scientific and technical skills through participation in conference-style lectures, seminars, individual and teamwork assignments, and a capstone Team Design Project.
    • Become skilled in key biomanufacturing areas, including product and process development, process validation, CMC regulatory compliance, and quality.
    • Enhance your professional skills and obtain knowledge of management issues within the biopharmaceutical industry.
    • Participate in a paid industry internship, take part in a team project sponsored by industry, or participate in research activities within the Amgen Bioprocessing Center.
    • Learn essential skills required for a rewarding career in biopharmaceutical processing.
  • Core courses within the MEng program’s curriculum contain workshops and laboratory courses designed to develop technical knowledge and skills in biopharmaceutical process engineering. The curriculum also includes management and regulatory courses so that graduates will have sufficient knowledge in these areas to operate as professionals in the widest variety of corporate settings and be productive members of teams under all circumstances. Our goal is to educate future leaders of the biotech industry.

  • Where Can Your MEng Degree Take You?

    Here are the top career roles for KGI graduates from the MEng program:

    • Process development scientist and engineer
    • Regulatory scientist
    • Manufacturing science and technology(MS&T)specialist
    • Process design engineer
    • Process technology transfer& validation specialist
    • Upstream–cell culture specialist
    • Downstream–purification specialist
    • Finished Product –formulation, filling & lyo specialist
    • Technology innovation specialist
    • Project management
    • Product and portfolio management

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  • Who Should Apply to KGI’s MEng program?

    • Students who completed (or are close to completing) a bachelor’s degree in science or engineering 
    • Students who are interested in learning the biopharma industry and its processes
    • Students who want to gain knowledge and skills in order to successfully land a job in the biopharmaceutical industry (Q.A., R&D, etc.)
    • Students who believe in helping others through improving the existing biopharma field or discovering the next cure for diseases
    • Students who want to improve their ability to collaborate, present, and network

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KGI Celebrates 2021-2022 Accomplishments During Awards and Recognition Ceremonies

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KGI’s Bioprocessing Team Trains Citrus College Biotech Faculty in the Use of Bioreactors

Members of Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)’s bioprocessing program recently collaborated with the biotechnology program at Citrus College in Glendora, training faculty in the use of bioreactors. The equipment is employed […]

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MEng Student Jasper Worlikar Advocates for Queer Workers in Biotech

As a bisexual worker in the biotech industry, Atharv (Jasper) Worlikar, MEng ’23, is proud to account for underrepresented perspectives at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and the industry. Now, as […]

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KGI Professor Dr. Michael Koeris and Team Publish Papers in a Two-Part Series on Manufacturing Bacteriophages

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Bioprocessing Professor Dr. Michael Koeris—with the help of KGI students and alumni Tayfun Tanir, Marvin Orellana, Aster Escalante, and Carolina Moraes de Souza from the Master […]

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Program Faculty

Rajesh Parti, PhD

Professor of Practice
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Sue Behrens, PhD

George B. and Joy Rathmann Professor in Bioprocessing and Director, Amgen Bioprocessing Center
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Saurav Datta, PhD

Assistant Professor, Amgen Bioprocessing Center
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Michael Koeris, PhD

Associate Professor, Bioprocessing
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Top Companies of MEng Graduates

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Gilead logo
Kite Pharma logo
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Allogene logo
Amphstar logo
Atara Biotherapeutics logo
Berkeley Lights logo
Biomarin logo
Boehringer Ingelheim logo
Broadley James logo
Cell Care Therapeutics logo
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GE Healthcare logo
Genentech logo
Genvivo logo
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Nohla Therapeutics logo
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"When I first started at KGI I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but KGI opened me up to endless opportunities and connections."
Tiffany Smolinski
Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Leadership Program
Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing, '19

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