Applied Anatomy

A human skull and bones sitting on a desk
Master of Science

About the Program

A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy starts with the Master of Science in Applied Anatomy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Taken as a standalone two-year master's program or as part of a four-year joint MD-MS curriculum, this program supports a range of professional goals, including teaching, medicine and other health-related fields, and biomedical research.

What to Expect

Our flexible curriculum enables you to customize your master's degree beyond the core offerings of gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy and embryology to suit your interests.

You'll undergo extensive training in the macro- and microscopic structure of the entire human body using approaches that integrate virtual microscopy, problem-based learning, whole-body anatomical dissection and 3D neuroanatomical imaging through our augmented-reality software, HoloAnatomy. 

Choose the non-thesis (Plan B) MS in Applied Anatomy to prepare for subsequent studies in medicine, dentistry, nursing or a career in teaching. Or choose the thesis (Plan A) MS in Applied Anatomy degree if you have a strong interest in research or plan to pursue a PhD.

Plus, if you're looking to attend medical school after you complete this degree, you'll be guaranteed an interview with the Admissions Committee of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine if you meet specific criteria.* And if you are already a student in CWRU's MD program, our joint MD/MS in Applied Anatomy program can help you prepare for an anatomy-focused speciality such as surgery or radiology.

*Note: Some criteria for the interview predate the program, including undergraduate GPA.

“Comparing myself from when I graduated from my undergrad program and now, I can wholeheartedly say that I feel much more prepared and confident for medical school in the fall.”

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Beyond the Classroom

Extend your training beyond traditional classroom and laboratory settings through independent readings and educational or research projects. You can enhance your resume and reinforce what you learn by working in a research lab, serving as a teaching assistant or taking part in hands-on opportunities. With such close proximity to world-renowned hospitals including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and University Hospitals, you'll have your choice of ways to volunteer, shadow and connect with the local health care community.

By the Numbers


of graduates become physicians


of graduates enter other clinical roles in anesthesia, dental medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant practice


of graduates join higher education faculty


average undergraduate GPA


average MCAT score

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • $50 application fee
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Test scores (optional) for MCAT, GRE or DAT
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL or IELTS exam (not required for students matriculating from a school taught in English)

Contact Us

Darin Croft
Darin Croft, PhD
Director, Master of Science in Applied Anatomy Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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