2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anatomy, MS

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Program Description

Graduate study in anatomy provides advanced professional education in the essentials of human anatomy, including gross anatomy, developmental anatomy (embryology), microanatomy (cell biology/histology), and neurobiology. The Master of Science degree in anatomy is designed primarily for students who expect to continue on to doctoral studies (Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent).

The department also offers a certificate program in anatomy. This program is for students who have an interest in anatomy but do not want to pursue, or do not need, a master’s degree. The program of study consists of three of the core graduate anatomy courses. 

For more information about the certificate program:

Anatomy Certificate  

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements include an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. It is recommended that applicants have completed at least two years of biology, including vertebrate anatomy, and two years of chemistry, including organic chemistry. Two letters of recommendation and a personal statement are required.

Students who do not plan to complete the degree program or who do not meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School may be admitted on a non-degree basis to take selected courses. Written permission by the appropriate course director is required to enroll in each course. Contact the Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology department for information concerning enrollment procedures.

For More Information

Program Requirements:

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, the following requirements of the Department of Anatomy must be met:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours in courses that have prior approval of the department. Approval is normally given through the student’s faculty advisor.
  • Required courses are human gross anatomy, human neurobiology, human physiology, and two seminars.
  • There are three program-of-study options leading to a master’s degree:
    • Course Option (30 credits): In addition to the course requirements listed above, students are required to take another course in the department or other science department that relates to their program of study. The remaining  requirements include completing an oral comprehensive examination covering the core anatomy courses, assist with teaching a department graduate or undergraduate course, learn a research technique, and write a scholarly paper.
    • Teacher Education Option (30 credits): This option is for students who want to teach anatomy at the college level. In addition to completing an oral comprehensive examination and writing a scholarly paper, students are required to take an assessment and measurement course as well as a science curriculum course offered by the College of Health, Education, and Human Services. Students are also required to have a science teaching field experience.
    • Thesis Option (30 credits): Requires the written submission and successful oral defense of a thesis based on original hands-on research performed while enrolled as a graduate student at the University.

Course Option

Dept Core and Electives - Course Option


  • 8000-level Seminar inside or outside of the Department of NCBP. Credit Hour(s): 1
  • 6000-level or above course related to program of study. Credit Hour(s): 2

(Approval of the Program Director is required for electives taken outside the Department of NCBP.)

Total: 30 Hours

Dept Core and Electives - Course Option-Teacher Education

Total: 30 Hours

Thesis Option

Dept Core and Electives - Thesis Option


  • 8000-level Seminar inside or outside of the Department of NCBP. Credit Hour(s): 1

Total: 30 Hours

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