The Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences (MS) program is a two-year degree program. Most students enter the MS program during its 2nd year, after completing the one-year Postbaccalaureate Premedical Certificate (PPC) at KGI, and most course work for the PPC program can be applied for credit for the MS degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students can communicate effectively in an industry environment composed of scientists, engineers, and business professionals.
  2. Students can contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team tackling complex problems.
  3. Students understand the business, research and development, regulatory, production, and marketing functions of the bioscience industry.
  4. Students understand the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes, which benefit society.
  5. Students adhere to ethical principles in research, development and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries.

Required Courses:

Core Courses:
Students must complete the following science core courses (12 units total):

  • AlS300 Molecular Biotechnology (1.5 units)
  • ALS301 Molecular Basis of Disease (1.5 units)
  • ALS330 Pharmaceutical Discovery (1.5 units)
  • ALS333 Pharmaceutical Development (1.5 units)
  • ALS320 Medical Diagnostics (3.0 units)
  • ALS321 Medical Devices (3.0 units)

Professional Development

  • ALS341 Bioindustry Ethics and Society (1.5 units)
  • ALS360 Business/Science Communications (1.5 units) (waived for students who pass the initial writing assessment)

Advanced Technical Electives

All MS students are required to complete 18.0 units of 400-level technical electives.

MS Program Options

Students have the option of a Team Master’s Project, a Research Capstone Project, or Independent Research.