Master's of Laboratory Animal Science

Program Overview

The Master's of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree program in the Department of Comparative Medicine is a flexible, one to two-year graduate program designed for students who want to pursue advanced careers in biomedical research, focusing on animal modeling and biomethodology, laboratory animal science, organizational  management and facility design, regulatory and compliance, and animal welfare.   Under our rolling admissions policy, we invite candidates to submit their applications to the Department anytime during the academic year

The  program’s academic courses were designed to build a  solid foundation for a successful career in laboratory animal science, translational research, or pursuit of higher degrees (MD, PhD, DVM, etc).  The program was designed to give students the ability to customize their academic research experience.  

The Master's of Laboratory Animal Science degree program  may also be taken by Stanford undergraduate students as a Coterminal Master's degree program.

Degree Requirements

  1. At least 45 units of academic work, all of which must be in courses at or above the 100 level, 36 units of which must be at or above the 200 level.

  2. Students must complete a master's thesis, which may take the following form:

    1. Original analysis of original data

    2. A comprehensive literature review with a meta-analysis of data or a critical reanalysis of data.

    3. Evaluation of a methodological problem using real data

    4. A comprehensive literature review with a grant proposal (NIH style format) for a new study to bridge a gap in the existing knowledge.

Program Contacts

Sherril Green DVM, PhD
Professor and Chair
Comparative Medicine
Director, Master’s of Laboratory Animal Science
(650)723-6113

Corinna Darian-Smith PhD
Co-Director, Master’s of Laboratory Animal Science
(650) 736-0969

Stephen Choy
Student Services Administrator
(650) 724-7880