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Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Life Sciences

Keck Graduate Institute
3 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
On campus
Application deadline: 28 February 2022

Program description

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Life Sciences PhD

The mission of KGIs Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Applied Life Sciences is to endow a select group of students with expertise in research areas relevant to applied bioscience, with the ability to use interdisciplinary tools and approaches to solve problems, and with the motivation to translate knowledge to beneficial applications to advance new horizons in the applied biosciences.

Before entering the Ph.D. program, students must first identify a faculty member and an area of research that matches their skills and interests. Once encouraged by a KGI faculty member to apply, all applicants must have completed a master's degree focused on applied life science.

About the Program

KGI's Ph.D. program enriches students' experiences in both the science and business aspects of the bioscience industry, making them unique among the graduate pool. All applicants must have completed a master's degree focused on applied life sciences. Completion of the Ph.D. The program is anticipated to require at least an additional three years of full-time study beyond the master's degree with the possibility for extension depending on the particular research project. Graduates of KGI's Ph.D. program are expected to:

  • Apply rigorous research methodologies to original, independent experimental, theoretical, and/or computational work in applied bioscience.
  • Develop both a broad understanding of current scientific advances and mastery in an area of interdisciplinary science of relevance to applied bioscience sufficient for conducting original research.
  • Understand the translation of basic science and engineering discoveries into products and processes, which benefit society.
  • Adhere to ethical principles in research, development, and business issues inherent in the bioscience industries.

Admission requirements


  • Earned masters degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 3.0 (4.0 basis) average GPA in masters degree
  • At least 48 units of relevant coursework
  • Financial support approval letter from a sponsorship company for sponsored applicants
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

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Program content

Required Classes | Semester

  • PhD Milestones and Doctoral Research - 13.5 units
  • Current Topics in Applied Life Sciences & Ethics/Responsible Conduct of Research - 1.5 units

KGI offers two tracks in PhD

Traditional track

The student is conducting PhD studies on KGI premises under the supervision of Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences or School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty. To foster interdisciplinary research, the student may have one or more research advisors. One advisor must be a KGI faculty member; additional
advisors may be from collaborating institutions.

Industry-Sponsored track

The student is sponsored by a biotechnology or pharma company. This track involves the student conducting studies at the company site and periodically visiting KGI. In addition to the company research advisor, the student must be supervised by a KGI faculty advisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition and Stipends

After the completion of an approved master’s program, PhD students are granted tuition waivers and receive nationally competitive stipends. This level of support is guaranteed for three years.

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Keck Graduate Institute

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, California offers a variety of innovative graduate programs and certificates that integrate life sciences, health sciences, genetics, engineering, and business with a focus on industry projects, internships, and team collaborations....

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535 Watson Drive
91711 Claremont CA
United States of America (USA)

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