Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Anatomy has compiled a list of the questions asked most frequently by prospective students. These questions include information about admissions and academics. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!


To apply, we invite interested candidates to begin their online application, complete the various sections, and submit the finalized application.

We offer admissions on a rolling basis, with the final application deadline for fall semester being on July 15. For those candidates seeking to begin in the spring semester, we encourage your application submission by November 1. 

A strong undergraduate academic performance, especially in the sciences, is essential to success in the Applied Anatomy program.

Yes, we welcome international applicants; many have successfully graduated from our program. 

The School of Graduate Studies publishes our tuition rates. The Applied Anatomy program requires 30 credit hours to graduate.

While we are unable to offer merit-based scholarships, our Office of University Financial Aid serves as a resource for students seeking to learn how to finance their education. Please visit their website for more information. 

It is possible to enroll in one course per semester as a part-time student. However, online instruction is not available.

Email or call the Department Administrator at or 216-368-2433. We would be happy to facilitate a conversation with a current student or a campus visit.

Admission decision notifications are emailed to applicants within 2-4 weeks after applying. 


Your assigned academic adviser and other faculty are always available to meet, advise, and coach you through the program. They will help develop a study plan and work with you to prioritize your studies.

A pre-med science background is highly recommended, but no specific coursework is required.

There are many research opportunities at CWRU and our affiliated hospitals. The first step in getting involved with research is thinking about the area or type of research you might like to pursue. Next, identify a research mentor in that area who would be willing to take on a student. A good place to start identifying a mentor is to visit the Student Research Mentors page. You can also check the SOURCE program page; although geared to undergraduates the "find a research opportunity on campus" link is a good place to explore research opportunities.

A full-time student typically completes the program in two years, as this usually results in the best outcome for the student. It is possible to complete the requirements in less time, but this is generally not recommended.

Students who successfully complete an Anatomical Sciences Core Curriculum course (Histology, Embryology, Gross Anatomy, and Neurological Anatomy) may be asked by faculty to be teaching assistants the following year. Some second-year students also serve as tutors and/or teaching assistants for the medical (MD) and physician assistant programs. Some teaching assistant opportunities are offered as a practicum course (for elective credit), while others are paid an hourly wage.

MS in Applied Anatomy graduates have gone on to become physicians in many areas of primary care as well as in specialties including surgery and radiology. Others have become physician assistants, physical therapists, dentists, anesthesiologist assistants, and university instructors. The program also provides strong preparation for those interested in pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences.

Although we do not offer an explicit MCAT prep course at this time, the course Synthesis of Premedical Concepts (IHSC 300) helps students review and integrate many of the subject areas included in the MCAT exam.