Students in the MS program are required to complete a total of 54.0 units comprised of:

  • 12.0 credits of core science courses
  • 3.0 credits of professional development
  • 39.0 credits of electives (including the following intersection requirements):
    • 27.0 credits of Advanced Technical and General Elective
    • 12.0 credits of Capstone (research thesis or TMP)

Advanced and General Technical Electives: All MS students are required to complete additional credits of any KGI courses, 300-level or 400-level, to achieve the required 54.0 credit total. Students are encouraged to consult with the MS program director for course selection. Not all electives are offered every year. Refer to the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences course list for course designation information.

Core Science Courses – 12.0 credits are offered in the following formats:

Course Number
Course Name
MATH 5000
Applications of Statistics (contingent on placement exam)
MATH 5020


Professional Development Courses – 3.0 Credits

Course Number
Course Name
PDEV 5100
PDEV 5300
Business Science Communications (contingent on placement exam)



Six concentrations are available to MS in Applied Life Sciences students. They are Translational Research Thesis, Clinical Research Thesis, Public Health Research, Infectious Diseases Research, Bioprocessing Research, and Team Master’s Project. Each concentration requires completion of 15.0 credits comprised of a capstone project (12.0 or 6.0 credits depending on the concentration option selected), plus concentration-required course(s).

Capstone Projects: Each concentration requires completion of 12.0 units of a capstone project which can be a research thesis or a TMP.