Our cutting-edge and innovative MSGDA curriculum prepares KGI students for the exciting field of genomic data analytics.
At the end of the MSGDA program, students will:
The first fall semester will provide solid foundation in human genetics and biostatistics. Furthermore, students will receive an introduction to computer programming and working in the bioscience industry and clinical settings. Students will build knowledge and gain experience working in teams in an active-learning centered classroom. 16.5 units total.
The first spring semester will provide in-depth instruction in clinically relevant genetics and genomics topics. Students will also learn about ethics, trial design and data systems used in the bioscience industry. Lastly, students will gain hands-on laboratory experience by generating and manipulating sequencing data in preparation for their summer industry experience. 17.5 units total.
In the second fall semester, students will build upon their summer experience with in-depth courses in sequencing technologies, data interpretation, and data visualization. Students will also begin to develop either an industry sponsored capstone project or a research thesis and select electives within their chosen concentration. 16.5 – 18 units total.
The final semester focuses on emerging topics in genomics such as pharmacogenomics and metagenomics while emphasizing the ability to synthesize and communicate conclusions from genomic analyses. Students will select electives to complete 6 units of their chosen concentration. Students will present the results of their industry capstone project or research thesis in written and oral form. 16.5 – 18 units total.
In May of their first year, students declare a concentration that matches their career and scientific interests. Students complete a total of 6 units of electives from their concentration during their second year.
Clinical Decision Support
Clinical Trial Design
*Other electives chosen from existing KGI course offerings may also be used to fulfill elective requirements, depending on student interest and applicability to the program.