Master of Laboratory Animal Science

Current Students

"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

Rolling Admissions; Apply Now

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.   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.

Congratulations to Alexandra Johns, 2019 finalist in the Art of Science Exhibition for her image of neurons entitled “Galaxy of the Mind".

The Stanford Alumni Association has awarded Alissa Hatfield and Aryana Razmara each a Community Service 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

2017 Stanford Alumni Association’s
Community Service Award

Alissa Hatfield

2017 Stanford Alumni Association's
Community Service Award

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