The two-year MS program prepares students for an impactful career in translational research and management.
The Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences (MS) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, 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.).
The Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program is flexible to your interests—whether it be in healthcare, research, or industry. There is a wide range of professional development opportunities for students, including industry speakers, thesis-writing workshops, and shadowing. Additionally, the curriculum is centered on core tenets for healthcare and the applied life sciences.
Students focus their studies in the MS program further by choosing one of six concentrations:
Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MS program:
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.
Science and research skills—students learn to:
Communication and teamwork—students learn to:
Ethics—students learn to:
In celebration of KGI’s accomplishments during the 2021-2022 academic year, the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences (Riggs School) and School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (SPHS) hosted […]
Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences (MS) student Yuu Ohno, MS ’22, recently secured first authorship for the publication Full- versus Sub-Regional Quantification of Amyloid-Beta […]
When Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Candy Lu, MS ’23, was a young girl, she never anticipated becoming one of the country’s top ice hockey players. After seeing the Disney […]
Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Leslie Contreras, MS ’23, understands firsthand the value of hard work and sacrifice. Her mother immigrated to California from El Salvador in the 1980s as […]
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