Master of Laboratory Animal Science
"I loved the Department of Comparative Medicine because it is small enough you get to know everyone so it feels like home but you still have access to all the benefits of being at a large research institution like Stanford. The faculty and staff are extremely supportive and facilitate your learning and success. The MLAS program prepared me well to be successful in my current position as an MD-PhD candidate studying Neuroimmunology."
Stanford MS 2017
The Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree program in the Department of Comparative Medicine is a flexible, one 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. We invite candidates to submit their applications to the department by our application deadline indicated below.
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.
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.
Students must complete a master's thesis, which may take the following form:
Original analysis of original data.
A comprehensive literature review with a meta-analysis of data or a critical reanalysis of data.
Evaluation of a methodological problem using real data.
A comprehensive literature review with a grant proposal (NIH style format) for a new study to bridge a gap in the existing knowledge.
- As per Stanford policy, the master's degree must be completed within 3 years.
"My time at Stanford was transformative, and being a part of the Master's program with Comparative Medicine allowed me to have the flexibility and freedom to figure out what I wanted to do.” Merna Makar
Congratulations to Merna Makar!
Merna and her team placed in the top 12 out of 35 teams in the Stanford Ignite program! Merna is a graduating 2nd year Master's student in Laboratory Animal Science who studied “Identifying the Molecular Mechanisms of Cardio-Vascular Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes”.
Merna worked on this project in Dr. Joseph Wu's lab, with mentor Nazish Sayed.
For more about the Stanford Ignite program, go to: https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/exec-ed/programs/stanford-ignite
Check out other achievements from Comparative Medicine's Master Students here