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Keck Graduate Institute Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) offers 13 degree and certificate programs in genetics, pharmacy, business, and the life and health sciences. The institute enrols students on early action and regular application basis. KGI has two schools offering various programs. The requirements, deadlines for each program vary.

  • Interview is required for admission.
  • The institute does not have any minimum test scores cutoffs.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply in early action deadlines to enhance the chance of getting admission.


Application Fee$75
Enrolment Fee$400
Acceptance Rate50%
Average GPA rate2.75 above
Average SAT Score1089 above
English ProficiencyTOEFL/IELTS
Mode of PaymentVISA, Discover card, Master Card, Local Bank Transfer
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Institutional CodeGRE - 4166

Keck Graduate Institute Admission Deadlines

International Applicants must apply 90 days prior to the deadlines to be considered for admission:

The Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences (Riggs School) Priority Deadline- December 15
Regular- Rolling
The School of Pharmacy and Health SciencesVaries according to courses
Minerva SchoolEarly Action Deadline- November 1
Regular- March 15

Keck Graduate Institute International Admissions

The admission process for domestic and international students are both conducted online. However, international students have additional requirements and must be careful with their visa process so as to complete it in time. To avail scholarships on a priority basis, students must apply early.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school transcripts
  • GPA of 2.5 and above
  • ACT/SAT exam results are required for the courses.
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL/IELTS scores for applicants.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Personal Essay/Statement of Purpose
  • Health Insurance Cover
  • Proof of financial support (Must be a dated bank statement with official signature and/or the Declaration of Finances.)

English Proficiency Test Score Requirements:

International students may submit either TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores to prove English proficiency.

TestMinimum required score
6.5 (PG)

Visa Process for International Students:

  • Students are required to pay an enrolment deposit, following which they should submit their proof of financial support. The university upon receiving the required documents for validation shall issue an I-20 form to the applicant. The US does not grant visas more than 90 days prior to the reporting date.
  • Applicants must provide the following documents to receive the I-20 Form
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support (Affidavit and Bank Statement)
  • The I-20 must be completed with accurate information such as name, biographical information, and program information as this will be used for the visa stamp in the applicant’s passport.
  • Students have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200) and print the receipt for the interview.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 visa, submit the form and make the required payment.
  • Finally, students have to attend the scheduled interview at a suitable U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  • General documents to take for the visa interview:
    • Passport (valid for at least six months ahead)
    • Original Application Form
    • Official Admission Letter and completed I-20 Form
    • Completed and signed a visa application form
    • Proof of permanent address outside the U.S.
    • Two Passport- sized photographs (2”x2")
    • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
    • Proof of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses. The applicant may support this by providing the original versions of the Financial Affidavit of Support form and bank statement they submitted to receive immigration documents.
    • Evidence of the intention to return to your home country and not immigrate to the U.S.

Keck Graduate Institute Graduate Admissions

The institute has two schools - Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences and School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The Riggs School’s nine academic programs include a wide range of offerings, including Ph.D., two-year master’s degrees, and one-year certificate programs.

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers three-degree programs in the field of life sciences, pharmacy, and genetics.

Application Portal:

Application Fee: $75

The requirements for some popular graduate programs are given below -

CollegeCourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
The Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences (Riggs School)Master of Business and ScienceDecember 15Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above,
Résumé, LOR, Personal Statement,
GRE/MCAT/GMAT, Personal Interview
The Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences (Riggs School)Master of Science in Applied SciencesDecember 16Bachelor’s degree. Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above,
Résumé, LOR, Personal Statement,
GRE/MCAT/GMAT, Personal Interview
School of Pharmacy and Health SciencesMS in Human Genetics and Genomic Data AnalyticsJuly 2Bachelor’s degree, Transcripts with a GPA of 3.25 above,
Résumé, GRE Score- 145.
Three LORs, Personal Statement, Personal Interview

The institute reviews applications holistically. Keck looks at every applicant individually and reviews the test scores and GPA alongside other materials to get a full picture of an applicant’s academic and personal background.

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