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  • Master of Laboratory Animal Science


    The online Master of Laboratory Animal Science 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.

    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

    For questions, contact:

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

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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 801S*Laboratory Animal Practicum12.0
    MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
    Select a minimum of 6 credits: 
    MLAS 500SAnimal Nutrition 
    MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics 
    MLAS 531SEmbryology 
    MLAS 545SFundamentals of Histology 
    PHGY 503SGraduate Physiology 
    PHRM 512SGraduate Pharmacology 
    Total Credits49.0

    View Course Descriptions

    *This requirement is satisfied by current employment in a laboratory animal facility, with a minimum of two years hands-on experience. 

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • General GRE scores, at or above the 50th percentile in all areas, obtained within the last 5 years
    • Current employment in a laboratory animal facility, with a minimum of two years hands-on experience
    • A consulting mentor (lab animal veterinarian or authorized representative) at your current workplace

    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
    • GRE score report
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
      • One must be from your current workplace supervisor
      • Two from science professors preferred, but not required
    • Personal statement describing your academic and professional goals
    • Resume
    • Math/Science GPA Form
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1310 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • 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

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2016     

    August 8, 2016

    December 9, 2016

    Spring 2017 

    January 3, 2017

    May 5, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    May 8, 2017

    July 21, 2017

    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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