Master of Laboratory Animal Science

Coterminal Stanford Students

Coterminal students interested in applying to the MLAS program can submit an application online.

Applying and Deadline

Starting in academic year 2022-2023, the Department of Comparative Medicine will accept applications throughout the academic year.

Academic Year

Application Opens

Deadline to Submit

Winter 2023-2024

September 15, 2023

October 31, 2023

 Spring 2023-2024

September 15, 2023

January 31, 2024

Summer 2023 - 2024

September 15, 2023

April 30, 2024

Fall 2024-2025

September 15, 2023

February  29, 2024


All application materials are required by these stated deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

The Department of Comparative Medicine faculty will be looking to see that you are prepared to succeed in graduate level coursework.  For this reason, all applicants are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Complete coterminal master's applications should include the following:

  • Completed Coterminal Online Application
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages) explaining why you wish to enter the program and what you plan to accomplish while in the program. The statements should also supply information about your science capabilities if your undergraduate academic record does not accurately reflect them. For example, if your GPA is low, you should explain any changes that may indicate improvement in coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation from Stanford faculty members (Academic Council members)
  • Unofficial Stanford transcript showing coursework
  • Preliminary Program Proposal
  • Resume/CV

Application Review and Decisions

Applicants will be notified of the admission decision in writing, typically 2-3 weeks after the application deadline. If a student is approved for admission into the coterminal program, the student must respond to the department within the same quarter the offer of admission was made.  

For more information regarding acceptance deadlines, please contact

Current Stanford Graduate Students

Please note: the information listed below is for current Stanford students.

  • Current Stanford graduate students include master’s, doctoral, and medical students only.
  • Current Stanford postdoctoral scholars MUST APPLY as external applicants.

 How to Apply:

1. Thoroughly review the information on our website and information about adding/changing degree programs at Stanford.

2. Submit all the "Required Application Materials" listed above by completing the Current Graduate Student Online Application Form.


Petitions must be submitted electronically no later than the last day of classes for the quarter in which the change is requested. Petitions after the deadline must be submitted for the subsequent quarter if applicable. A service fee for the handling of the petition will be added automatically to the student's university bill, regardless of outcome.

Receiving Laboratory Animal Science Course Credit:

Students pursuing a PhD at Stanford are eligible to count up to 45 units from the Master’s degree towards the PhD requirements (135 residency units). The policy can be found via Stanford's Student Services site. Note that PhD students who have received Graduate Residency Transfer credit for a master's degree from another institution are not eligible to count the Laboratory Animal Science units also.

Per University policy, students can apply and complete multiple Master’s degrees concurrently. Current Master’s students may count previously completed MLAS courses towards the MLAS program requirements, even if those courses were taken before matriculating into the MLAS program. However those MLAS course units cannot count towards both Master’s degrees (i.e. no double counting).

The MLAS Program works with each of its students to help define and outline a suitable MLAS course plan.

Updated October 16, 2023