Master of Laboratory Animal Science

Current Students

About the MLAS Program

The Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree program in the Department of Comparative Medicine is a flexible, one-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.    

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.

The MLAS program’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code is 26.0102.

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.

How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2021 will open in mid-September. Please wait until then to start your application or you may not see the updated application. The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2021.

"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:


Check out  other achievements from  Comparative Medicine's Master Students here


Congratulations to Nicole Yost!

Nicole was awarded the summer STAR (Students Training in Advanced Research) Grant (UC Davis) for years 2019 and 2020!

"The Stanford MLAS program was a really great experience for me in so many ways. With respect to obtaining these research grants, it was very helpful to have practiced preparing a project proposal during my master's."

Nicole Yost
Stanford MS 2017

"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."

Margaret McCann
Stanford MS 2017

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