Applied Anatomy, MS

Degree: Master of Science (MS)
Field of Study: Applied Anatomy

Program Overview

The Applied Anatomy program is designed for students who seek a comprehensive education in the anatomical sciences, particularly those pursuing careers as medical health professionals or as teachers who desire an advanced degree to enhance their skills and credentials.

The four courses of the Anatomical Sciences Core Curriculum (ASCC) emphasize the traditional aspects of anatomical structure, function, and nomenclature with critical aspects of cell and developmental biology, biochemistry, and physiology of cells, tissues, and organs integrated into their content. Elective courses allow curriculum flexibility for students to emphasize their diverse individual interests. The Master of Science (MS) in Applied Anatomy serves as excellent preparation for subsequent studies in schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

The knowledge of the human body and its physiological processes gained through this program also forms a solid foundation for physician assistants, physical therapists, dental technicians, and university and K-12 life sciences teachers. Case Western Reserve University medical students earning the joint MD/MS degree program benefit from advanced training in the anatomical sciences. The joint MD/MS program is undertaken and completed concurrently with the medical curriculum.

Each student in the Applied Anatomy program has a faculty advisor from the Department of Anatomy Graduate Executive Committee who coordinates the program and works with the student to develop their Program of Study. Contact the Department of Anatomy for additional program and application information.


Acceptance into the Master of Science in Applied Anatomy program (non-thesis or thesis) requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and is based on undergraduate and/or graduate GPAs, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and results of admission examinations (GRE, MCAT, DAT), if provided (optional). An Educational Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report is required for foreign transcripts, and foreign applicants must provide documentation of English language skills (TOEFL).

Acceptance into the joint MD/MS program requires: (1) that the medical student be in good academic standing in the CWRU medical curriculum at the time of matriculation into the program; and (2) approval from their respective Associate (Society) Dean of Student Affairs.

No direct tuition or stipend support is currently provided with acceptance into the MS in Applied Anatomy program (non-thesis or thesis). No additional tuition is required for enrolled medical students who pursue the joint MD/MS degree.

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.