Master of
Laboratory Animal Science

The Master 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.  This 3-year old degree program was approved in perpetuity by Stanford University in the Spring of 2018.   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 are designed to build a  solid foundation for a successful career in laboratory animal science and biomedical research. Our graduates find employment in pharmaceutical companies, academia or pursue training in Medical or Veterinary schools.  The program was designed to give students the ability to customize their academic research experience.  

The Master of Laboratory Animal Science degree program  may also be taken by Stanford undergraduate students as a Coterminal 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. 36/45 units  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.

  3. As per Stanford policy, the master's degree must be completed within 3 years.

Program Contact

Steve Choy
Student Services Administrator
Master Laboratory Animal Science Program
Department of Comparative Medicine
School of Medicine
(650) 724-7880

Essential Links

The Stanford Alumni Association has awarded Alissa Hatfield and Aryana Razmara each a Graduate Student Community Impact Award. Comparative Medicine is uniquely privileged to have two stellar, talented, and dedicated trainees recognized by the Stanford Alumni Association for their contributions to the community. Well done!

Aryana Razmara

Stanford Alumni Association’s
Graduate Student
Community Impact Award

Alissa Hatfield

Stanford Alumni Association's
Graduate Student
Community Impact Award