Current Students

In accordance with Stanford’s Winter Closure, the Department of Comparative Medicine will be closed from December 14, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Administrative staff will not be available during this time. If you are interested in learning more about our program, we will respond to inquiries after we return from winter break during the week of January 4, 2021.

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

The online application for Fall 2021 is now open. Click here to start your application. The deadline to submit applications is March 1, 2021.

Congratulations to Zicheng Zhao!

Zicheng was accepted in Stanford's Ignite program! 

"In the Ignite program, I had the chance to meet different people from various countries and professional backgrounds. Beyond learning basic business and entrepreneurial skills, we had the chance to implement ideas ourselves and to work closely with a small team. My team developed an idea about a newborn developmental tracking application system using 3D scanning technology in smartphones."  Zicheng Zhao

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Master Laboratory Animal Science Program, Department of Comparative Medicine, School of Medicine

Updated October 5, 2020

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