The joint KGI-IMGS City of Hope program is designed for ambitious individuals who are interested in pursuing a variety of research-oriented careers related to medicine.

In year one, students will take rigorous graduate-level courses in applied biomedical sciences offered by KGI—a pioneer of the professional science master’s degree.

In the second year, students will produce cutting-edge research that discovers fundamental mechanisms of diseases and develops novel therapeutic strategies at IMGS, a world-class biomedical research institute with expertise in therapeutics, population science, and stem cell research.


First Year
Core Science
12 units
Professional Development
3 units
Advanced Technical Courses
15 units
Second Year
Research Thesis Capstone (Summer, Fall, and Spring)
30 units
60 units

Capstone – Master’s Research Thesis

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First Year – Fall Semester
Training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) and laboratory safety training.
First Year – Spring Semester
Training in biomedical research techniques and specialize equipment within City of Hope Share Resource Facilities. Literature study and discussion with IMGS faculty to broadly define a thesis research project.
Second Year – Summer
Develop thesis project, establish thesis mentor and thesis committee. Training in Concepts in Molecular Genetics Lab.
Second Year – Fall Semester
Complete proposal outline (Hypothesis, Goal, and Specific Aims) for thesis committee approval. Independent research in mentor’s laboratory. Complete and present preliminary thesis (all sections except Results, Discussion and Methods) to thesis committee. Lead discussion on a topic at KGI.
Second Year – Spring Semester
Independent research in mentor’s laboratory. Complete remaining thesis sections; thesis submission and thesis defense. Public presentation/research symposium at KGI. Lead discussion on a topic at KGI.

Independent Research (IMGS)

During the independent research, students will be working closely with research staff, postdocs, or PhD students and will give an oral presentation on their work at the end of the school year.