What to Expect in the MSGDA Program

Students in the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) will benefit from foundational coursework in human genetics, cutting edge courses in the applied life sciences, and an innovative human genomics curriculum that combine to prepare them for the exciting field of genomic data analytics.

Year 1

The first year of study will provide a solid foundation in human genetics and genomics, medical genetics, bioinformatics, and an introduction to working in the bioscience industry and clinical settings.  Students will also learn about clinical trial design and data systems used in the bioscience industry and will gain hands-on laboratory experience by generating and manipulating next generation sequencing data in preparation for a summer industry internship.

Year 2

In the second year, students will build upon their internship experience with in-depth courses in next-generation sequencing technologies, DNA variant interpretation, and genomic data visualization. Emerging topics in genomics, such as pharmacogenomics and genetic engineering, will be presented, and a significant portion of time will be devoted to preparing an industry-sponsored capstone project or a research thesis.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to utilize their foundation in genetics and genomics, practical knowledge of data analytics and bioinformatics, and their industry experience to be able to translate patient sequencing data into actionable clinical recommendations or novel precision medicine approaches. 

This unique program gives students an opportunity to work side-by-side with future genetic counselors and applied life scientists while gaining hands-on experience with the technologies and information that are revolutionizing the future of medicine.

"My decision to come to KGI was heavily influenced by the close-knit, supportive community that is clearly present among the staff and students. In pursuing genetics and genomic data analytics, I seek a career in an exciting field where discoveries are constantly being made and where I hope to be a part of the clinical workspace and on a broader level, positively impact human health. "
Rhea Kerawala
KGI Student
MS in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics, '22

Why Pursue a Degree in Genomic Data Analytics at KGI?

  • Join the growing field of genomics and help create effective and appropriate treatments for patients
  • Learn to harness the power of Big Data to help patients through personalized precision medicine
  • Distinguish yourself on the job market through team project experiences and internships with genetics companies
  • Understand how emerging companies like 23andMe.com and ancestry.com translate genotype data
  • Help people on a large scale by improving clinical results
  • Be at the forefront of next-generation sequencing technology
  • Experience inter-professional education through collaboration with students from other KGI programs
  • Combine your passions to make a broad-scale impact in the world of genetics and genomics

Learn more! Have you ever wondered…

If you think these questions are interesting, learn more about these two career pathways.

Genomic Data Analyst or Clinical Variant Curator