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

Springer Nature Journals Publishes a Study from KGI Master of Science Students

As part of the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences (MS) program, Gloria Bartolo, Leandra Gonzalez, and Saleem Alameh published a paper June 15 in the journal BMC Microbiology, part...
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New Book from KGI Alumna Fatima Faisal Educates Children on Viruses

When following the latest news on COVID-19, it's easy to feel anxious or dispirited—especially for children. That's why Fatima Faisal, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) alumna and soon-to-be medical student in Arizona, has written a book...
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KGI Team Develops Innovative App for Virtual Design Challenge to Combat COVID-19

When it comes to obtaining relevant news on COVID-19, many people struggle with information overload. A team of students from Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) has developed a prototype for a smartphone application called CoVered that...
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KGI Team Paired with Westwood Bioscience Advances to Kravis Competition Finals

A team consisting of Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) students Gabriella “Mihanna” Alden, Eric Young, Quinn Levin, and Erick Yeh have qualified for the 2020 Kravis Concept Plan Competition finals, which will be held online on...
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Concentrations are offered within KGI’s MS Program


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"The MS program really allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself in a positive way. In undergrad, I was repeatedly told that I was not cut out for research because of my clumsiness and lack of experience in a lab. During the MS translational research program, I had the opportunity to grow and get experience in something that no one else gave me a chance in. It opened doors for me in terms of networking with the scientific community, having more confidence in my own abilities in science, and most importantly, allowing myself to be valuable in multiple fields within the biotech industry and in the medical field. All of what I've gained in the MS program not only adds to my future goals of receiving my PhD degree, but are also extremely valuable and relevant to my future goals in medicine."
Jonalyn Herce
MS Student, Translational Thesis