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What will I learn?

Keck School of Medicine Department of Translational Genomics offers a Graduate Certificate in Translational Biotechnology. This program combines a unique curriculum and distinctive practical training that exposes students to biotechnology and its applications in translating genomic and molecular insights into developing novel therapies and precision medicine. Drawing strength from the Keck School of Medicine faculty's education, research, and practice expertise, this program educates students on approaches used in the academic research, biotechnology and medical sciences industries.

Program Summary

The certificate program in Translational Biotechnology is for students who wish to expand career options in the biotechnology or biomedical sciences industry, but do not wish to pursue a graduate degree.

Students in this program will augment their current background with additional knowledge of:

the science of human diseases and their interventions

the role of biotechnology in developing new therapies and precision medicine

the scope of issues and decisions faced by collaborating basic and clinical researchers in the bench-to-bedside process

the regulatory framework that impacts the use of new interventions

the private and public capital that develop the growing biotechnology and biomedical markets.

The program is ideal for

Professionals in management, investment, regulatory affairs or law in the biotechnology industry, to extend their knowledge of the science behind this industry, enabling them to make better decisions regarding this rapidly developing technology.

Current graduate students, to learn translational biotechnology in addition to their own field of concentration.

Students with a moderate biology background, to extend their course work in biotechnology and therapeutic discovery and development.

Students interested in doctoral programs or professional degree programs, to build a strong foundation in biotechnology prior to applying to their top programs of study.

Which department am I in?

USC Keck School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 14 units)

Tuition fees
US$38,560.00 per year
The tuition amount is based on 10 units of tuition
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Health Sciences Campus

University of Southern California,



90033, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to graduate programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.