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.

MD Admissions Linkage

The Medical Student Admissions Committee of Case Western Reserve University is delighted to build synergies with our Master of Science in Anatomy program, and agrees to offer guaranteed interviews to MD applicants from our program who meet the following criteria: 

  • Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.4
  • Anatomy program GPA of ≥ 3.5
  • MCAT score ≥ 515
  • Highest levels of personal and professional conduct

This opportunity may only be exercised by students who have not previously been interviewed by the CWRU Medical Students Admissions Committee (MSAC). However, the MSAC may interview an applicant in more than one cycle if their application is deemed competitive.

It is important to note the MSAC evaluates all aspects of an application and may choose to interview an applicant who do not explicitly meet these criteria, particularly if they are exceptional in other ways. 

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.
  • 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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