Explore the MSAA Program

An in-depth study of the human body

The Department of Anatomy’s Master of Science in Applied Anatomy is designed to help students achieve their career goals including preparation for medical and dental professional schools, advanced graduate studies, and in education in the human biological sciences.

Students receive a comprehensive education in the anatomical sciences through a program that fosters professional and intellectual development. Our curriculum offers opportunities to blend classroom learning with hands-on experiences such as research and teaching.

Students gain extensive training in the macro- and microscopic structure and development of the entire human body through regional and systemic approaches that integrate virtual microscopy, problem-based learning, whole-body anatomical dissection and three-dimensional neuroanatomical imaging.

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  • The MS in Applied Anatomy program is geared toward students seeking a comprehensive education in the anatomical sciences.
  • The rigorous core curriculum helps students establish a solid foundation in human form and function upon which clinical knowledge can be built.
  • Elective courses provide flexibility in the curriculum, enabling students to focus their studies on individual interests. View the list of electives.
  • Teaching opportunities help reinforce communication and mentoring skills as well as core content.
  • Students can explore topics outside of traditional classroom and laboratory settings through independent readings and educational or research projects.
  • The Non-thesis (Plan B) MS in Applied Anatomy degree is excellent preparation for subsequent studies in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or a career in teaching.
  • The Thesis (Plan A) MS in Applied Anatomy degree is an option for students with a keen interest research or who plan to pursue a PhD.
  • The MD/MS in Applied Anatomy program is an option available to students who have already been admitted to CWRU's MD program.