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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The Master of Science in Translational Medicine (MSTM) is a two-year KGI–Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope (IMGS) joint program. Graduates will be uniquely positioned to begin research laboratory careers in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, clinical or academic laboratories, or pursue further education at the doctoral level, medical education, or both. This program is aimed at providing students with an applied research experience and an in-depth understanding of how to translate basic research into medical products from the perspectives of both academic research (discovery) and downstream commercial development.

MS in Translational Medicine Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Generate hypotheses and perform hypothesis-driven research
  • Design research and methodology, and analyze and report data results
  • Assess literature, identify knowledge gaps, and convey findings to the scientific community
  • Translate science/engineering discoveries into products and processes that benefit society
  • Communicate effectively with scientists, engineers, and business professionals
  • Adhere to ethical principles in research, development, and business issues 
  • Tackle complex problems and contribute productively on an interdisciplinary team

Programme Structure

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 – 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 – SummerDevelop 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • English Language Proficiency
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Admission Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    37900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37900 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    37900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37900 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Total Tuition with Non-Institutional costs = $60,286 usd (Annual)

Includes living expenses, book and supplies, transportation and unsubsidized loan fees and graduate PLUS loan fees.

Living costs for Claremont

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Each international KGI student is eligible for a KGI International Loan with the following annual loan limits:
  • MS in Translational Medicine (MSTM) $20,500
Please submit a signed and completed master promissory note to, KGI’s Financial Aid Office. A separate note is required for each academic year. Terms and conditions for this student loan program are included in the master promissory note. Completion of the KGI International Student Loan Entrance Counseling is required.
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  • Work Permit

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