The mission of the City of Hope Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences is to teach students to be outstanding research scientists in chemical, molecular, and cellular biology. Graduates of this program, awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in biological sciences, will be equipped to address fundamental questions in the life sciences and biomedicine for careers in academia, industry and government.
City of Hope’s commitment to education led to the creation of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, with the first class of students entering in 1994. In 2001, the school was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
City of Hope’s interdisciplinary research approach provides for ample interaction with peers and faculty and an emphasis on translational research: applying basic science breakthroughs to clinical problems. The program develops a professionally trained scientist, prepared for a career in academia, medicine or industry. Our students have gone on to illustrious careers at major universities, research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.