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The Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) is a two-year KGI–Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope (IMGS) joint program. Graduates will be uniquely positioned to begin research laboratory careers in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, clinical or academic laboratories, or pursue further education at the doctoral level, medical education, or both.

This program provides students with an applied research experience and an in-depth understanding of how to translate basic research into medical products from the perspectives of both academic research (discovery) and downstream commercial development.

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Program Quick Facts

Program length
It takes four semesters (two years) to complete the MSTM program.
Full or part-time program
The MSTM program is a full-time program with classes during the day.
Online or in-person classes
All classes are done in-person along with experiential rotations for learning.
In the second year, students produce cutting-edge research at COH.
Summer experience
Students develop their thesis project, establish a thesis mentor, and a thesis committee during the summer between the first and second year.
  • The MSTM program provides students with an applied research experience and an in-depth understanding of how to translate basic research into medical products.

    • Generate hypotheses and perform hypothesis-driven research
    • Design research and methodology, and analyze and report data results
    • Assess the literature, identify knowledge gaps, and convey findings to the scientific community
    • Plan the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes that benefit society
    • Communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals
    • Adhere to ethical principles in research, development, and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries
    • Tackle complex problems and contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team
  • Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MSTM 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

    Stepping stone to doctoral degrees

    • MD/DO, PhD, PharmD, etc.
  • Anastasia Levitin, PhD
    Professor of Practice in Translational Medicine
    KGI Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences

    Yilun Liu, PhD
    Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics
    Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope

    View the list of Faculty and Research Mentors at City of Hope

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