Master of Laboratory Animal Science

How to Apply

The online application for Autumn 2024 - 2025 is now open.

Deadline to apply is February 29, 2024.
Admission decisions will be released on May 1, 2024.

The Department of Comparative Medicine and the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program recognize that the Supreme Court issued a ruling in June 2023 about the consideration of certain types of demographic information as part of an admission review. All applications submitted during upcoming application cycles will be reviewed in conformance with that decision.

The Department of Comparative Medicine and the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program welcome graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. The review process is holistic and individualized, considering each applicant’s academic record and accomplishments, letters of recommendation, prior research experience, and admissions essays to understand how an applicant’s life experiences have shaped their past and potential contributions to their field and how they might enrich the learning community at Stanford.

Stanford coterminal degree students may apply for admission for any quarter. Please visit the coterminal page for the application deadlines.


Applications to the Master of Science in Laboratory Animal Science degree program must be made through Graduate Admissions. All supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered in the review process. In addition to the information below, please review the Graduate Admissions website prior to starting your application.  The GRE is not required to apply.

When you are ready to apply, please click here to start your online application.


To be eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See the Office of Graduate Admissions for the minimum level of study required of International applicants.

Application Fee

The application fee is $125, is non-refundable, and must be received by the application deadline. Acceptable form of payment is by credit/debit card (Visa or MasterCard only).  If you do not have a credit card, then you should make arrangements with a family member or friend to use theirs. Electronic check payments or checks by mail are not accepted.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the Laboratory Animal Science Program, your preparation for this field of study, research interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Personal Statements should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced). Make sure to set your computer to Western European or other English-language setting. We cannot guarantee the ability to access your statement if it is submitted in other fonts.

Enriching the Learning Community (optional)

You may submit an optional statement in response to the following prompt:

Stanford University welcomes graduate applications from individuals with a broad range of experiences, interests, and backgrounds who would contribute to our community of scholars. We invite you to share the lived experiences, demonstrated values, perspectives, and/or activities that shape you as a scholar and would help you to make a distinctive contribution to Stanford University.

Your statement should not exceed 500 words in length.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Please be sure that you ask for a recommendation from at least one individual who can address your potential for original and creative research. In most cases, that individual would be the person in charge of or guiding your most recent research activities. It is very important that you contact your recommenders before submitting their information in the online application. You must choose whether or not you waive your right to see a recommendation before you submit the recommender’s information. It may be that a recommender will not submit a recommendation if you have not waived the right to see it. This should be discussed in advance.

All recommendations must be submitted using the online application system. As part of the online application, you will be required to register the names and contact information, including e-mail addresses, of your recommenders. Recommenders will then receive an e-mail with directions on how to proceed. Letters of recommendation cannot be mailed, emailed, or faxed. 

For any questions, please email

Updated  September 21, 2023