MD/MS in Applied Anatomy

Students seeking advanced training in the anatomical sciences typically begin the 30-hour master’s degree program in the fall of the first year of medical school. Required graduate courses include the anatomical sciences core curriculum (four courses completed during the first two years of medical school) and an advanced surgical anatomy course that is taken in the fourth year. Students must also complete an anatomy-oriented independent research project and pass a comprehensive exam. Remaining credits for the MS degree are earned through elective courses.

Interested medical students must apply to the master’s program through the Department of Anatomy.

How to Apply?

A completed application includes the following:

  • Online Application: Start the online application. Please indicate that you are applying to the School of Medicine, Applied Anatomy program

  • Transcripts: School-issued unofficial transcripts for all colleges and universities attended can be uploaded or emailed to
  • Resume/CV: Your current resume/CV, outlining work, research, and volunteer experience with timeframes.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. These can be from your medical school application. Select "To be mailed by the recommender" in the Recommendation Format section of the application if the letters will be submitted via Interfolio or other means without electronically notifying the recommender. Email if you have questions or unique circumstances around the recommendations.
  • Statement of Purpose: In roughly one page, describe your career goals and how the MS in Applied Anatomy will help you achieve them.
  • Society Dean Letter: Include a letter from your Society Dean supporting your application to this program.
  • Application Fee: Pay the $50 application fee upon submission of your application
  • Test Scores (Optional): Self-report and upload your test-taker copy of the MCAT score report

For international applicants: if you are not a citizen of an English speaking country or if your previous college or university was not taught in English please submit an English proficiency exam (IELTS, TOFEL, or PTE).

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