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Master of Laboratory Animal Science How to Apply

This page contains information about how to apply to the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) program.

Admission is granted on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates are required to have a telephone interview.

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent
  • Have completed of one year of general biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry with laboratories and grades of C or above
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to be competitive
  • Have General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at or above the 50th percentile in all areas, obtained within the last five years

Application Deadlines

  • Deadline for Spring 2022: December 6, 2021
  • Deadline for Fall 2022: May 15, 2022 (International)
  • Deadline for Fall 2022: August 1, 2022 (Domestic)

Applying to the On-Campus Program: Instructions and Advice

Once you have created your account and have started a new application, you may log in at any time as a returning user and work toward completing your application.

When you have added all of the required elements to your application (see "Required Components of a Completed Application"), please "Submit" your application, since this allows us to begin processing your application and associate incoming supplemental material with your account. If you have most (but not all) of the required components, you can still submit your application while you wait on the remaining application materials.

If you are interested in applying to the online version of this program, please visit the Drexel University Online site. Applications to the online program are completed through a separate application system. When you are ready to submit an application for admission to the online program, look for the "Apply" link in the left column of any program page on the Drexel Online site.

Note for international students: Certain visa types do not permit individuals to enroll in online or hybrid programs. Foreign applicants should check with their visa sponsors for eligibility. Drexel University cannot sponsor F-1 or J1 visas for individuals interested in online, hybrid, or part-time programs.

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Required Components of a Completed Application

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission. For details regarding the items below please review the Admission Application Instructions.

Graduate Admission Application

Applicants may only apply to one program. All documents submitted by you or on your behalf in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University, and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. Please note, an application fee of $75 U.S. is required.


Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. (See checklist)

Standardized Test Scores

Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required (school code 2194, department code 0105). Satisfactory scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) can be accepted in lieu of GRE scores for admission into the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program. International applicants must demonstrate their comprehension of the English Language by submitting results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Essay/Personal Statement

Please write approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Drexel degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully. Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.


Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, two of which must be from science professors who have taught you courses. To electronically request recommendations, you must list your recommenders and their contact information on your application. We advise that you follow up with your recommenders to ensure they received your recommendation request — they may need to check their junk mail folder. Additionally, it is your responsibility to confirm that your recommenders will submit letters by your application deadline and follow up with recommenders who have not completed their recommendations. Request recommendations with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

Math Science GPA Calculation Form

Completed online math science GPA calculation form. Please note, you will need to start your application before you can use the form.

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Financial Information

Tuition information for the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program is available on the Drexel Central website.

Financial aid is available from many sources, such as the federal government and private organizations, or from the University itself. Financial aid may be in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or part-time employment. For information regarding financing your education, please visit Drexel Central.

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Animal science laboratory technician looking at vials.