Welcome to the Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA

This program aims to teach individuals to translate scientific research into medical products useful to the world at large. It emphasizes specific training in translational and clinical research skills and a deep understanding of the context within which medical science is translated for societal benefit, including management skills.

Graduates are uniquely positioned to excel in a variety of careers addressing the critical and managerial needs in research and development of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical and academic laboratories.

As the program combines rigorous graduate-level courses with a yearlong biomedical or clinical research projects, it can also be a stepping stone to doctoral degrees (MD/DO, PhD, PharmD, etc.).

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healthcare curriculum

The curriculum is centered on core tenets for healthcare and the applied life sciences

flexible program

The Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program is flexible to your interests whether it be healthcare, research, or industry

ms concentration

The MS program offers concentrations that cover a wide breath of interests individually tailored to health and industry-oriented students

development opportunity

Wide range of professional development opportunities, including industry speakers, thesis-writing workshops, and shadowing opportunities

Who Should Apply?

Students who plan to continue into professional schools (MD, DO, dentistry, etc.), PhD programs, or those who are interested in academic or clinical research, as well as research and development within industry.

Where Can Your MS Degree Take You?

Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MS program:

  • Research and development
  • Medical and health services
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Clinical research coordinators
  • Technical writers
  • Clinical manager
  • Clinical trial manager
  • Medical writer
  • Medical science liaison
  • Clinical operations manager

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Concentrations are offered within KGI’s MS Program


Units of coursework


Percentage growth of employer demand for clinical and translational science professionals between 2013-2017

"KGI has truly continued to prove just how amazing the faculty and staff are! As a KGI student, I feel supported and listened to in a way that makes KGI unique and amazing! "
Monica Barsoum
KGI student
Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences, '21