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Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) Program 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. Most classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate working professionals.

Please visit the Drexel University Catalog for more information.

Pre-Veterinary Graduate Minor

Students desiring to attend veterinary medical school will have the option to elect to complete a pre-vet minor within the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) program. The addition of these courses to the MLAS program will help to further enhance the student's application to veterinary medical school by providing additional rigorous and relevant graduate level coursework.

Please visit the Drexel University Catalog for more information.

Experiential Learning

Hands-on learning plays a significant role in the MLAS program curriculum. The practicum experience allows the student to gain "real world experience" within a controlled learning environment. Students are free to choose the type of institution and also the location of where they want to complete their experience. Students wishing to find full-time employment opportunities find that the practicum enables them to build their professional network prior to earning their degree.

Practicum Description

The practicum experience allows students to translate their academic training into "real world" applications. Because of this exposure, students are better prepared to enter the current job market within the field of laboratory animal science.

Learn more about the MLAS practicum.

Program Level Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program will achieve six program level outcomes that describe the skills, competencies and knowledge gained through completion of the program curriculum.

  • Demonstrate mastery of the laboratory animal science field including: regulations, animal models, diseases, husbandry methods, procedures, facilities and equipment
  • Exhibit professionalism
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability
  • Solve complex problems via the collaboration with others
  • Exhibit leadership potential
  • Participate in local and national professional organizations and assist in biomedical research outreach efforts
Animal science laboratory technician looking at vials.