The Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree is a full-time, two-year program designed for students who want to pursue advanced careers in laboratory animal science or laboratory animal facility management. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working professionals.
The Master of Laboratory Animal Science degree is also a proven enhancement to a veterinary school application. Students take a combination of graduate and first-year medical school courses to improve their qualifications for admission to schools of veterinary medicine.
The Master of Laboratory Animal Science program is the right choice if:
- You want to enhance your veterinary school application with the specialization that a master's degree provides
- You are interested in pursuing career alternatives in biology and animal science other than veterinary medicine
Master of Laboratory Animal Science Curriculum
The Master of Laboratory Animal Science program combines the following areas of training: basic science, laboratory animal science, and a hands-on practicum. The basic science courses are designed to build a solid foundation required for a successful career in laboratory animal science. The laboratory animal science courses focus on all aspects of laboratory animal science and animal facility management. The practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned to the practice of laboratory animal science.
Meet MLAS Student Catrina Wong
(Class of 2013)
Meet MLAS Student Stephany Alvarez
(Class of 2012)
Admissions Requirements for the Master of Laboratory Animal Science Program
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
- Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
- General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at or above the 50th percentile in all areas obtained within the last 5 years
- The student must request that these scores be sent directly to University School Code 2194 and Department Code 0105
- Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Three letters of reference, two must be from science professors
- Personal statement stating the applicant's academic and professional goals
Veterinary Schools Attended by Master of Laboratory Animal Science/Veterinary Medical Science Post-Baccalaureate Students
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health
University of California School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Guelph
University of Prince Edward Island Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
University of Glasgow Veterinary School
Royal Veterinary College
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Master of Laboratory Animal Science Students
Each academic year, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph will hold one seat for an MLAS or VMS student who applies to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Opportunities After the Master of Laboratory Animal Science Program
Even with an ever-changing world, the need for qualified individuals in the field of laboratory animal science has remained very high, especially in universities, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology companies. By the time our students graduate, most of them already have employment offers at these institutions or are accepted into veterinary medical school.
Information Sessions for the Master of Laboratory Animal Science Program
Information sessions will be available by appointment only. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Erin Vogelsong at Erin.Vogelsong@drexelmed.edu or by phone at 215-762-7968.
Contact the Master of Laboratory Animal Science Program
Division of Interdisciplinary and Career-oriented Programs
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
245 North 15th Street, Mail Stop 344, Room 4104 NCB
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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