Keck Graduate Institute


Keck Graduate Institute is a private school in the city of Claremont, California and part of the Claremont Colleges group, a consortium of highly selective colleges in the city.

Keck was first established in the year 1977 by Henry Riggs to answer and deal with what he saw as a serious lack of scientists in the region, something required to find new practical uses for the invention and discoveries science saw with each passing year.

While the choice to build it was met with opposition both due to it’s chosen location and what some perceived as lack of proper credentials, the institution did finally opened its doors with a focus on Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Health Sciences and Medicine.

Programs Offered

Through it’s 3 main schools, those in the areas of Life Sciences, Pharmacy Sciences and Medicine, Keck Graduate Institute currently offers well over 150 unique courses for graduate students.

It is important to note however that these listings include the different semesters and iteration of a single course, so the practical selection is slightly more reduced than the first glance would lead a student to believe.

The following list is as such a small sample of the full catalog available at the institution:

  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Bioprocessing
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceutical Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Development
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Ethics
  • Applications of Statistics
  • Finance and Accounting Principles
  • Corporate Finance
  • Bioscience Strategy
  • Introduction to the Bioscience Industries
  • Business/Science Communications
  • Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
  • Medical Terminology
  • Clinical Experience for Engineers              
  • Industry Internship

Admission requirements

Admissions are in a sense both simple and high demanding, a graduate degree alongside work or research experience in the area of the desired course are the only real requirements for application, however this means that the overall selection of courses a graduate student can actually apply to at the institution are limited by their chosen degree.

Student Life

Student Life at Keck Graduate Institute is ultimately centered around resources and facilities, with transportation, shops, and libraries to their access in order to make their time at the institution a more accessible one.

Part-time work

Due to it’s focus on Graduate Students, Keck Graduate Institute does not seem to count with a dedicated student work office or web portal, what it does have however is varying and flexible schedules, so as to facilitate students who are already employed to pursue one of their courses without getting in the way of their established life style.


While the different graduate programs at Keck Graduate Institute have varying prices, in general one could say a semester at Keck amounts to $20,000.


Keck Graduate University is currently ranked as the 4542th best college level institution in the world, making it the overall 895th best university in it’s home country of the United States of America.

University Contact

Address:  535 Wharton Dr, Claremont, CA 91711, United States

Phone: 909-607-7855



In general it’s hard to assess the overall impact of Keck Graduate Institute, it’s focus on Gradaute studies only means that it’s ranking isn’t really accurate or suited to it’s specific nature, but it also means it’s not the most relevant institution for the readers of this site either, in general what Keck offers is variety, a variety of courses and schedules that can help a graduate student on a tight work schedule pursue their next degree, and that is something that shouldn’t be undersold.