Our Programs

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences Program

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences was founded in 1994 with an incoming class of four students, and the first doctoral degree was conferred in 1997. Since then the graduate school has grown to almost 90 students and over 100 faculty members. The program provides students with a solid educational foundation and a research environment that encourages independent thought and challenges current dogma. The program offers coursework to establish a framework for understanding the complexities of scientific problems, research opportunities with investigators who have integrated the latest technologies into their research projects, and professional forums where students can share ideas with colleagues.
 

Ph.D. in Translational Medicine Program

Ph.D. in Translational Medicine was accredited in 2020 with our inaugural class of six students in 2021. The program aims to provide advanced theoretical and practical training in drug discovery and translational medicine at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, well known for its multidisciplinary research pipeline that combines basic research and clinical research leading to discoveries that have an impact on bedside treatments. The program permits students graduated from M.S. in Translational Medicine program who have discovered that they are interested in furthering their career in research and developing research at the level of a PhD to continue at the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences.
 

M.S. in Translational Medicine Program

The Master of Science in Translational Medicine is a two-year joint program between the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute and Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. 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. 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.
 

M.S. in Regulatory Affairs Program

The Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs is a two-year joint program between the Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences at Keck Graduate Institute and Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. The program aims to provide students with translational and applied experience in regulatory affairs for all FDA-regulated product classes (drugs, biologics, and devices) throughout the product lifecycle (pre-clinical development, clinical development, and post-marketing). Students will take rigorous graduate-level courses in applied biomedical sciences and have unique hands-on experience in developing new drugs or drugs being optimized in clinic; drafting Investigational New Drug applications and clinical protocols for new drugs; annual reporting to the FDA, Institutional Review Boards and Drug Safety Oversight Board; and formulating new application for FDA review and approval.