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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.

 COVID-19 did not stop us from celebrating our 2020 Graduates!

The Department of Comparative Medicine Faculty and Staff put together a celebratory send-off video for our 2020 MLAS graduates. 

Rachel Zheng

Zicheng Zhao

Congratulations to Rachel Zheng and Zicheng Zhao for winning the MLAS Outstanding Research Proposal Award. Rachel’s proposal titled “Investigating Alpha-Twist as a Viable Nesting Material Replacement for Enviro-Dri,” and Zicheng’s proposal “Completion of the Paternal Line of Mouse Lemur Population in the Brunoy Colony” represent the inaugural recipients of this annual award. Congratulations on a job well done!

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

Updated April 9, 2021