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Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences

Earn your doctorate while making a real impact

By entering the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope, you’ll be pursuing a PhD at one of the world leaders in research and treatment of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. At City of Hope, grad students can have hands-on opportunities to participate in breakthrough research with global implications.

Through rigorous coursework and laboratory research, you’ll be training in an academically stimulating, collaborative and diverse environment. You’ll be challenged to apply your creativity, curiosity and talent to advancing understanding of the complexities of the life sciences and to applying research discoveries in pursuit of treatments and cures.

Graduate School History

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. The graduate school is 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.