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Only those students who have completed a Master’s degree focused on applied life sciences and similar in curriculum to the MBS program from Keck Graduate Institute are eligible for admission to the PhD in Applied Life Sciences.
If you meet the degree requirement, you must also have experience or skill related to one of the available research projects identified below for your admissions cycle.
Check back soon for projects available for Fall 2019 admission.
Dates and Deadlines
- Start Terms: Fall
- Application Deadline: December 15 Priority Deadline, March 31 Final Deadline
An online application form is required that contains questions about your personal and educational background. Additional requirements (below) can be submitted along with your online application or separately:
- Personal Statement
- The personal statement gives you an opportunity to describe your academic, career, and personal objectives. Please use the statement to outline the basis of your interest in KGI’s program, to demonstrate your potential for making research contributions in the biosciences, and to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee other significant matters. This statement should include your technical skills and touch on your relevant work experiences. This statement should also address the available project for which you are applying and your fit with that research area. Please limit your response to the equivalent of three double-spaced typewritten pages.
- Letters of Recommendation
- Contact information for two recommenders is required during the online application process. If you have a sponsorship company, please request a letter from an industry supervisor/sponsor. At least one letter should be from a person who can comment on your potential to effectively carry out independent research leading to a PhD degree. Two recommendations are required but additional recommendations may be submitted if desired. Recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their recommendation online. If they prefer otherwise they can email or mail a copy to the Admissions Office along with this recommendation form.
- Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for evaluation purposes. If admitted and you choose to matriculate, official transcripts must be submitted from all college or universities attended. Translated copies must be submitted for International students.
- Standardized Test Scores
- We require every applicant to submit scores from ONE of the following standardized tests. Unofficial copies and self-reported scores may be submitted for evaluation purposes. If admitted and you choose to matriculate, official copies must be submitted.
- GRE: School code 4166
- MCAT: Scanned or mailed printout is required and must include verification code and AAMC ID.
- GMAT: Provide Keck Graduate Institute as school name when prompted
- English Language Proficiency
- International students are required to submit official scores from one of the following tests of English language proficiency: TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or iTEP. Students who have studied at a U.S. institution for more than 2 years and those from a country where English is the primary or official language are exempt from this requirement. Unofficial copies and self-reported scores may be submitted for evaluation purposes. If admitted and you choose to matriculate, official copies must be submitted.
- $75 non-refundable application fee
A phone, Skype, or on-campus interview is a requirement for admission. The Office of Admissions will schedule individual interviews once your application is completed.
The Admissions Committee is made up of faculty and senior administrators who will thoroughly and conscientiously review each application. Applications will be considered in the context of the total applicant pool, as well as in relationship to our general admissions standards. We do not use arbitrary grade point or test score cutoffs.
All admissions decisions are final for the academic year in which they are rendered.
Admitted students are required to submit a $400 non-refundable enrollment fee to hold their spot in the program. Additionally, counselors maintain contact with admitted students to ensure all official documents are received.
Admitted students also receive regular communication for the Admissions Office with important information about preparing for study, student life, housing, orientation, and other topics of interest.