From Computer Science to Cancer Research: Erin Kim’s Journey

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Seunghee (Erin) Kim, PPC '19, MS '20, had a background in computer science, but an internship at City of Hope ignited her passion for biomedical research. At her internship, she...
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KGI Student Calvin Susbilla Capitalizes on Research Opportunities

Opportunities come to those who pay attention and look for openings when everyone else is preoccupied. This lesson was demonstrated by Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) student Calvin Susbilla, MS '20, when he applied to do...
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Alameh Starts Career Path as Researcher and Medical Student

CLAREMONT, Calif. - In August, Saleem Alameh, PPC ’17, MS ’18, put on a white coat as a medical student for the first time, the mark of his official entrance into the Michigan State University...
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Students See Medicine in Action Through Partnership with Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

Wearing white coats and hospital badges, Ryan Elshimali and Amelia Huynh eagerly joined Dr. Kenneth Nakamoto in the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) emergency room this spring. But the two are not doctors—at least...
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Welcome to the Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA

This program aims to teach individuals to translate scientific research into medical products useful to the world at large. It emphasizes specific training in translational and clinical research skills and a deep understanding of the context within which medical science is translated for societal benefit, including management skills.

Graduates are uniquely positioned to excel in a variety of careers addressing the critical and managerial needs in research and development of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical and academic laboratories.

As the program combines rigorous graduate-level courses with a yearlong biomedical or clinical research projects, it can also be a stepping stone to doctoral degrees (MD/DO, PhD, PharmD, etc.).

healthcare curriculum

The curriculum is centered on core tenets for healthcare and the applied life sciences

flexible program

The Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences program is flexible to your interests whether it be healthcare, research, or industry

ms concentration

The MS program offers concentrations that cover a wide breath of interests individually tailored to health and industry-oriented students

development opportunity

Wide range of professional development opportunities, including industry speakers, thesis-writing workshops, and shadowing opportunities

Who Should Apply?

Students who plan to continue into professional schools (MD, DO, dentistry, etc.), PhD programs, or those who are interested in academic or clinical research, as well as research and development within industry.

Where Can Your MS Degree Take You?

Here are the top occupations for KGI graduates from the MS 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

Day in the Life of a Master of Science Student

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Concentrations are offered within KGI’s MS Program


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Percentage growth of employer demand for clinical and translational science professionals between 2013-2017

"The MS program really allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself in a positive way. In undergrad, I was repeatedly told that I was not cut out for research because of my clumsiness and lack of experience in a lab. During the MS translational research program, I had the opportunity to grow and get experience in something that no one else gave me a chance in. It opened doors for me in terms of networking with the scientific community, having more confidence in my own abilities in science, and most importantly, allowing myself to be valuable in multiple fields within the biotech industry and in the medical field. All of what I've gained in the MS program not only adds to my future goals of receiving my PhD degree, but are also extremely valuable and relevant to my future goals in medicine."
Jonalyn Herce
MS Student, Translational Thesis