Master of Laboratory Animal Science Program

About the Program

Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS): 49.0 semester credits

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree. The MLAS program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in animal science or a related field and who are seeking advanced career positions in laboratory animal science and laboratory animal facility management. Alternatively, the MLAS degree is also a powerful means to enhance students' credentials for admission to veterinary medical school.

The MLAS program is a full-time, two-year program that begins in August of each year. The first two years of the program consists primarily of classroom instruction, while the last semester is reserved for experiential learning. The program is flexible for traditional and non-traditional students alike due to the availability of evening courses. 
 

For individuals who are currently working in the laboratory animal science field, the MLAS program is available online as well.  Please review our website for specific details about the online program.  

Curriculum

The MLAS curriculum consists of basic science courses, laboratory animal science courses, and a practicum. The basic science courses were 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, including facility management. The practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned to the field of Laboratory Animal Science. The outcome is a highly trained laboratory animal science professional with a solid foundation in the sciences. 

Practicum

MLAS faculty and administration assist the students in identifying and securing practicum sites at universities, biotechnology organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. Practicum sites are available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas. The list expands every year. In many instances, the practicum sites have offered our students a permanent position within their organization upon completion of the MLAS degree.

Career Opportunities

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

Veterinary Medical School

Successful completion of the MLAS program can also significantly improve a student’s academic credentials for application to veterinary medical school. Please review our website for a comprehensive list of veterinary medical schools that have been attended by MLAS alumni.

Additional Information

Erin Vogelsong, MS
Academic Administrator
, Assistant Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine

Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences

245 N. 15th St., Room 15305

Philadelphia, PA 19102

215.762.7968
Erin.Vogelsong@DrexelMed.edu

Drexel College of Medicine also maintains a  Master of Laboratory Animal Science website.

Admission Requirements

Students will be selected on the basis of adequate educational background and veterinary/ research/ animal care experience. 

Prerequisite coursework includes: chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics.

Candidates for admission must provide the following credentials:

  • 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
  • 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
     

The deadline for submission of applications is the second Friday in July of the year the student seeks admission.

Contact Information:

Erin Vogelsong, MS
Academic Administrator, Assistant Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine

Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
245 N. 15th St., Room 15305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.762.7968
Erin.Vogelsong@DrexelMed.edu

Degree Requirements

The MLAS degree can be completed full-time in two years and one summer practicum, or part-time in four or less years. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 49.0 credit hours for graduation. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation as well as grades of "C" or better.

First Year
FallCredits
Required Courses 
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
MLAS 510SClinical Orientation In Laboratory Animal Facilities1.0
MLAS 523SOrganizational Management3.0
MLAS 536SAnimal Models for Biomedical Research1.0
Electives 
GRADUATE PHYSIOLOGY 
Graduate Pharmacology 
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Courses 
MLAS 520SFinancial Mgmt In Lab Anim Sci3.0
MLAS 535SBiology & Care Of Lab Animals4.0
MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics2.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
Fall
Required Courses 
MLAS 525SAnimal Anatomy2.0
MLAS 531SEmbryology3.0
MLAS 606SClinical Laboratory Techniques and Concepts1.0
MLAS 610SDiseases of Laboratory Animals3.0
Electives 
GRADUATE PHYSIOLOGY 
Graduate Pharmacology 
Biochemical Basis of Disease (Upenn) 
Hematopoiesis (Upenn) 
Fundamentals of Histology 
 Term Credits9.0
Spring
Required Courses 
MLAS 501SLaboratory Animal Seminar2.0
MLAS 521SArch Eng & Plan For Anim Fac4.0
MLAS 530SBiostats In Vet Science3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Summer
Required Course 
MLAS 801SLaboratory Animal Practicum12.0
 Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 48.0

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This is a course taught at the University of Pennsylvania. (Students can take elective courses at the University of Pennsylvania within the University's veterinary curriculum. See the MLAS Program Director for a complete list of courses.)



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