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M.S.(non-thesis) in Anatomy

Application Procedure

Applicants must posses a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution. It is preferred that applicants have at least an average grade of "B" and a strong background in Biology and Chemistry.

Students are usually admitted in the beginning of the fall semester although in some cases entrance can occur at the beginning of the spring semester. Application requirements include official transcripts, official scores on the Graduate Record Examination, three letters of recommendation, a resume/cv and a goals statement. Materials should be uploaded as part of your online application. Application deadline for Fall admission is July 1.

M.S. (non-thesis) in Anatomy description:


The M.S.(non-thesis) in Anatomy provides training in anatomy without the required thesis research project. This program is appropriate for students who want a graduate degree in anatomy to fulfill a professional need to teach human anatomy structure and function. In addition, this program also provides training to those students who are undecided about a career in the health professions and want to improve their academic background before applying to professional schools such as medicine or dentistry.

M.S. (non-thesis) Curriculum


Year 1
  Semester I
  ANAT-510 (5) Human Histology/Ultrastructure
  ANAT-520 (2) Human Embryology
  Semester II
  ANAT-500 (8) Human Gross Anatomy
  ANAT-530 (5) Human Systems Neurobiology
  ANAT-550 (2-4) Advanced Dissections in Human Anatomy
Year 2
  Semester I
  ANAT-540 (4) Human Systems Physiology
  ANAT-550 (2-4) Advanced Dissections in Human Anatomy
  ANAT-588 (2-4) Human Anatomy Independent Study
  Semester II
  ANAT-550 (2-4) Advanced Dissections in Human Anatomy
  ANAT-588 (2-4) Human Anatomy Independent Study
  ANAT-595 (0) Special Study for Exams
A total of 30 credit hours is necessary to complete the degree

ANAT-550 can be taken during the ongoing Summer, Fall or Spring Gross Anatomy courses. Attendance at all Journal Club/Seminar sessions is required (Fall and Spring semesters). Students are required to give one journal club presentation per academic year.

ANAT-500 Human Gross Anatomy (8) Structure and function of human body; emphasis on anatomical relationships and concepts and their functional significance; dissection required. Spring semester

ANAT-510 Human Histology and Ultrastructure (5) Microscopic anatomy of human body; emphasis on relationships between structure and function of tissues and organs. Fall semester

ANAT-520 Human Embryology (2) Prenatal human development; emphasis on correlation of normal development with development of common congenital malformations. Fall semester

ANAT-530 Human Systems Neurobiology (5) Structure and function of the human nervous system; emphasis on neuroanatomical relationships of functional systems and neurobiological concepts of brain mechanisms. Spring semester

ANAT-540 Human Systems Physiology (4) Physiology principles and mechanisms lectures will emphasize and correlate function with structure of cells, tissues and organ systems. Fall semester

ANAT-544 Basic Research Techniques (2) Fundamental techniques and instrumentation; emphasis on principles underlying preparation of material for histological, histochemical and ultrastructural examination and interpretation of results. Fall semester

ANAT-550 Advanced Dissections in Human Anatomy (2-4) This course will serve as an opportunity for students to develop advanced dissection and presentation skills as they perform prosections of human cadavers to ongoing medical, graduate and allied health human anatomy courses. Students will perform regional dissections and presentations, under the guidance of anatomy faculty, with an emphasis on clinical applications of gross anatomical structure and function. This course provides students with instruction and experience in teaching techniques in anatomy. Summer, Fall or Spring semester.

ANAT-588 Human Anatomy Independent Study (2-4) This course is designed to develop advanced skills necessary for teaching human anatomy and includes an optional participation in the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence Certificate in the University Teaching Skills program. Students will work independently on a scholarly project in one of the anatomical disciplines under the guidance of an anatomy faculty member. Projects will include but are not limited to anatomical dissection utilizing cadaver material and/or computer programs to be used as future teaching tools. Students enrolled in this course may also participate and complete the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence Certificate in the University Teaching Skills (CUTS) program ( This certificate will prepare students to be effective educators. Fall and Spring semester.

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