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Earn your Master of Science in Anatomy in just one year with our intensive, hands-on program.

Our 12 month, accelerated Master of Science program in Anatomy combines intensive, hands-on study with a solid grounding in contemporary research techniques.

Depending on the educational level you’ve attained before you enter our program, when you graduate from D’Youville’s MS Anatomy program, you’ll be well-prepared for a variety of career paths including pursuing a professional healthcare or science degree (MD, DO, PA, DC, PhD, etc.), academic research and instruction, or scientific and managerial positions in health-related industries.

Our Anatomy program is ideal for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to apply (or re-apply) to medical, dental, chiropractic, or other professional healthcare degree programs or for those who hold professional graduate degrees who wish to add a specialization to their professional credentials.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Students accepted into the program may be awarded teaching assistantships and may be eligible for additional scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students in the program immediately perform their own dissections in our Gross Anatomy Lab.

What you'll gain:

  • Valuable practical experience in our human gross anatomy labs all while working closely with faculty both in the classroom and in research settings.
  • Research skills that will translate to the professional world
  • Opportunities for additional learning through teaching assistantships

Scholarship Opportunities

The MS Anatomy program offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to qualified students including:

  • Graduate merit-based scholarships available based on undergraduate GPA.
  • Teaching assistantship opportunities for students entering the Anatomy MS program.
  • Automatic scholarships that reduce tuition costs by 25-50% for qualified students entering the BS/MS program and that continue throughout your 5 years of study in the program.
  • A wide range of other financial aid options are available for qualified students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details about applying or qualifying for aid.

Teaching Assistantships

Eligible students may have the opportunity to receive a teaching assistantship position. While this position does not provide full tuition remission, it does provide a stipend that can help with expenses while also giving you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience under the supervision of a faculty member.

Unlike many institutions that require TAs to function as the primary instructor for the courses they teach, our TAs partner with experienced faculty members to assist with course duties and provide open laboratory hours for studying/tutoring. This partnership with faculty provides our TAs with some teaching experience while allowing time to pursue their degrees.

Explore Courses In Anatomy

  • Work in teams to completely dissect a human cadaver in our gross anatomy lab, perform in-depth dissections to gain a unique hands-on experience that can’t be recreated digitally, and accompany your instructor as they study and view structures not typically seen in dissection.

  • Dissect a human cadaver on your own and present your dissection to the class as if you were teaching a course on gross anatomy. At the end of the course, you’ll select a specific region to dissect and present to the class.

  • Work one on one with your instructor to develop a scientific manuscript that reviews the anatomy, development, histology, and dissection protocol of a specific region of the human body. Become an expert on a topic of your choosing and for your eventual career.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grades of "C" if completed at a 4-year institution or "B" if completed at a 2-year institution in prerequisite coursework (see below)
Admissions Materials
  • A completed, no-cost application (required)
    • Create an account and apply to this program
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts of all institutions attended (required)
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your undergraduate institution or a healthcare professional with an advanced degree (recommended)
  • A letter of intention (recommended)
  • Scores from GRE, MCAT, DAT, or VAT exams, if taken (recommended)

Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses required for admission are the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Introduction to Biology I & II with laboratory instruction or Anatomy and Physiology I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • General Chemistry I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry I with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry I with included laboratory* instruction.
  • Introduction to English I & II
  • Applied Statistics (or biostatistics)
  • Genetics or a Biology course with substantial amounts of Molecular Biology and Genetics content with laboratory instruction.
  • If a biochemistry course is utilized as a prerequisite, the laboratory and/or genetics laboratory could be completed after matriculation. Biochemistry and genetics (both with labs) are the only courses that can be completed after you enter the program.

Course equivalencies will be determined during the application process by a thorough review of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. In some cases, students may request to take practical comprehensive examinations in lieu of prerequisites. Please contact the Anatomy Program Director ( if you have any questions about these prerequisites before applying.


The D'Youville Master of Science in Anatomy program is designed to prepare students for further professional study in healthcare, academic teaching and research, or to help those with a professional healthcare degree to acquire a specialization in Anatomy. Our highly-supportive, cutting-edge program is ideal for:

  • Those seeking additional education in order to apply (or re-apply) to a professional degree program in a variety of healthcare fields including:
    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    • Dental (DDS, DMD, DD, etc.)
    • Physicians Assistant (PA)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Holders of professional degrees who are looking to acquire an additional credential as a specialty.
  • Graduates of professional healthcare degree programs that do not offer cadaver dissection as part of their curriculum (e.g. Caribbean, Italian, or Polish medical schools) who wish to enhance their CVs when pursuing employment in the United States or to earn surgical fellowships.*
  • Current instructors or professors currently holding a PhD in the biological sciences who wish to pursue an academic career in Anatomy.
  • Chiropractors who wish to teach Anatomy at Chiropractic colleges.