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  • Master of Laboratory Animal Science


    The online Master of Laboratory Animal Science graduate program is designed for those currently working within the field of laboratory animal science who are seeking to take their career to the next level. Combining effective training in basic science with extensive laboratory animal science curriculum, this program builds a solid foundation in all aspects of laboratory animal science and animal facility management.

    Graduates of the program hold positions in laboratory animal facilities of universities, biotechnology companies, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies, where they serve as veterinarians, supervisors, managers, IACUC administrators, trainers, educators, consultants, and sales representatives.

    During the program, we ask that you have a consulting mentor (lab animal veterinarian or authorized representative) at your current workplace that is available to help you should you need it throughout the curriculum.

    Program Features

    • Drexel is one of the only universities offering a Master of Laboratory Animal Science online
    • Part-time, three-year program, allowing flexibility for busy professionals
    • No on-campus requirements

    Upcoming Webinar: Why Does It Hurt? Understanding Pain and the Technicians' Role in Pain Management

    In laboratory animal medicine, animal caretakers are the first line of defense in managing pain and distress. Technicians are often the first to notice behavioral changes or other indicators of pain, and are an integral part in perceiving, assessing and treating pain in laboratory animal species.

    Join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 12 Noon - 1 p.m. EST as Drs. Tina Grove and Elizabeth Nunamaker seek to improve your understanding of pain pathways and how common analgesics work in order to improve animal welfare. They'll discuss the important roles that technicians play in the pain management process, how pain works, how analgesics work to ameliorate pain, and how alternative therapeutic modalities and modifying an animal's environment can help with pain. They will also touch upon pain in some of the less commonly addressed species, such as aquatics and exotic rodents.

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    For questions, contact:

    Erin Vogelsong
    Program Director, Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS)

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Courses 
    MLAS 501SLaboratory Animal Seminar2.0
    MLAS 510SClinical Orientation In Laboratory Animal Facilities1.0
    MLAS 520SFinancial Mgmt In Lab Anim Sci3.0
    MLAS 521SArch Eng & Plan For Anim Fac4.0
    MLAS 523SOrganizational Management3.0
    MLAS 525SAnimal Anatomy2.0
    MLAS 530SBiostats In Vet Science3.0
    MLAS 535SBiology & Care Of Lab Animals4.0
    MLAS 536SAnimal Models for Biomedical Research1.0
    MLAS 606SClinical Laboratory Techniques and Concepts1.0
    MLAS 610SDiseases of Laboratory Animals3.0
    MLAS 801SLaboratory Animal Practicum12.0
    MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
    Select a minimum of 6.0 credits:6.0
    IHS 514S
    Molecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell 
    MLAS 500S
    Animal Nutrition 
    MLAS 502S
    Occupational Safety and Health in Laboratory Animal Care and Use Programs 
    MLAS 503S
    The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) Role in Animal Research 
    MLAS 529S
    Molecular Genetics 
    MLAS 531S
    MLAS 545S
    Fundamentals of Histology 
    MSPP 511S
    Concepts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology 
    PHGY 503S
    Graduate Physiology 
    PHRM 512S
    Graduate Pharmacology 
    Total Credits49.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
      • Those with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on their resume for evaluation
    • Current employment in a laboratory animal facility, with a minimum of two years hands-on experience

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation preferred. Examples of eligible recommenders include:
      • Current or previous workplace supervisor
      • Previous science professors
      • Veterinarian
    • Personal statement describing your academic and professional laboratory animal science goals 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Suggested Documents

    • General GRE scores, at or above the 50th percentile in all areas, obtained within the last 5 years
      • Those without GRE scores are encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional/ academic experience is included for evaluation


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1349 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2017

    August 7, 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Spring 2018

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018

    May 14, 2018

    July 27, 2018

    Apply today for the Master of Laboratory Animal Science

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