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:

  • Professional schools (MD, DO, dentistry, etc.)
  • 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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Alumnus Christian Makkar Delivers Compassionate Care to Hospital Patients During COVID

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KGI Student Cassidy Mirjah-Jablonski Helps Others Navigate the Pandemic Using Education and Resources

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Day in the Life of a Master of Science Student

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Concentrations are offered within KGI’s MS Program


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"Being a part of translational research allowed me to grow tremendously as a scientist. Having the ability to work in a lab and conduct experiments gave me capabilities that I might not have gained elsewhere. Not only were the KGI lab experiences amazing, but the mentorship you are able to get during this program is unbelievable and one of the best parts about the MS program."
Elizabeth Celaya
MS Student, Translational Thesis