The Anatomy Master’s Program is designed to prepare students for continuing their education in a professional degree program (e.g., MD, DDS, DPT etc.) or for research in a PhD program. The Program also prepares graduates to teach Anatomy or pursue a career in a health-related industry. The MS in Anatomy would be appropriate for students who want a graduate degree in anatomy to fulfill a professional need or who want to improve their anatomical knowledge to make a more informed career decision.
A master’s degree (MS) requires 30 graduate credit hours. There are two masters plans: Thesis, which requires a research project, and Non-Thesis. The MS degree is usually completed in 2 years. For a degree, a student takes the required courses in all of the subdisciplines of anatomy (Gross Anatomy; Histology; Embryology; Neuroanatomy; and seminars).
The student also takes advanced classes in his/her field of specialty; these classes would be in anatomy, other basic medical sciences, and other areas of interest to the student. Each thesis master’s student also completes a research project. Students may pursue either plan, subject to the rules of the Graduate Studies Committee. Students enrolled in both professional school and graduate school must pursue the thesis plan.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
International graduates of this major are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.