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Anatomy (MS), 1-Year

Student working in the gross anatomy lab

Earn your Master of Science in Anatomy in just one year with our intensive, hands-on program.

Overview & Distinctions


Our 12 month, accelerated Master of Science program in Anatomy combines intensive, hands-on study with a solid grounding in contemporary research techniques. You’ll gain valuable practical experience in our cutting-edge human gross anatomy labs all while working closely with faculty both in the classroom and in research settings.

Depending on the educational level you’ve attained before you enter our program, when you graduate from D’Youville’s MS Anatomy program, you’ll be well-prepared for a variety of career paths including pursuing a professional healthcare or science degree (MD, DO, PA, DC, PhD, etc.), academic research and instruction, or scientific and managerial positions in health-related industries.

Our program is ideal for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to apply (or re-apply) to medical, dental, chiropractic, or other professional healthcare degree programs or for those who hold professional graduate degrees who wish to add a specialization to their professional credentials.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • All students accepted into the program are awarded teaching assistantships and may be eligible for additional scholarships and financial aid.
  • Students in the program immediately perform their own dissections in our state-of-the-art Gross Anatomy Lab.


Graduate Courses

The Master of Science in Anatomy program is a 12-month program of study consisting of 30 graduate credits. Depending on prior experience and education, some students may also be required to take between one and five undergraduate credits as either pre-or-co-requisites. 

Find detailed course information for the Master of Science in Anatomy program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

ANA-504L Microscopic Anatomy Lab 1
ANA-601 Research Methods in Anatomy I 3
BIO-505 Neurobiology 4
BIO-505L Neurobiology Lab 0
BIO-517 Comparative Anatomy 4
BIO-517L Comparative Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-520 Developmental Biology 4
BIO-520L Developmental Biology Lab 0
BIO-639 Human Gross Anatomy 6
BIO-639L Human Gross Anatomy Lab 0
BIO-639XD Human Gross Anatomy Extra Disection Lab 0
BIO-689 Special Topics 1
Choose 1 of the following 2 sequences 7
& ANA-605
Research Methods in Anatomy II
and Research Seminar
& ANA-604
Advanced Human Dissection
and Anatomy Capstone
Total Credits 30




The D'Youville Master of Science in Anatomy program is designed to prepare students for further professional study in healthcare, academic teaching and research, or to help those with a professional healthcare degree to acquire a specialization in Anatomy. Our highly-supportive, cutting-edge program is ideal for:

  • Those seeking additional education in order to apply (or re-apply) to a professional degree program in a variety of healthcare fields including:
    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    • Dental (DDS, DMD, DD, etc.)
    • Physicians Assistant (PA)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
  • Holders of professional degrees who are looking to acquire an additional credential as a specialty.
  • Graduates of professional healthcare degree programs that do not offer cadaver dissection as part of their curriculum (e.g. Caribbean, Italian, or Polish medical schools) who wish to enhance their CVs when pursuing employment in the United States or to earn surgical fellowships.*
  • Current instructors or professors currently holding a PhD in the biological sciences who wish to pursue an academic career in Anatomy.
  • Chiropractors who wish to teach Anatomy at Chiropractic colleges.

Scholarships & Assistantships


The MS Anatomy program offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to qualified students including:

  • Graduate merit-based scholarships available based on undergraduate GPA,
  • Teaching assistantship opportunities for students entering the Anatomy MS program,
  • Automatic scholarships that reduce tuition costs by 25-50% for qualified students entering the BS/MS program and that continue throughout your 5 years of study in the program,
  • A 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans,
  • A wide range of other financial aid options are available for qualified students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details about applying or qualifying for aid.


Accepted students will have the opportunity to receive a teaching assistantship position. While this position does not provide full tuition-remission, it does provide a stipend that can help with expenses while also giving you the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience under the supervision of a faculty member.


Please contact us to learn about the current award amount or to receive further details about the teaching assistantship requirements.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admissions Materials

Students entering the program as graduate students must submit the following:

  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your undergraduate institution or a healthcare professional with an advanced degree.
  • A letter of intention.
  • Scores from GRE, MCAT, DAT, or VAT exams (if taken).
  • Transcripts for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution wherein student must have prerequisite courses with a minimum grades of "C" if completed at a 4-year institution or "B's" if they were completed at a 2-year institution.
Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses required for admission are the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Introduction to Biology I & II with laboratory instruction or Anatomy and Physiology I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • General Chemistry I & II with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry I with included laboratory instruction.
  • Organic Chemistry II or Biochemistry I with included laboratory* instruction.
  • Introduction to English I & II
  • Applied Statistics (or biostatistics)
  • Genetics or a Biology course with substantial amounts of Molecular Biology and Genetics content with laboratory instruction.
  • If a biochemistry course is utilized as a prerequisite, the laboratory and/or genetics and laboratory could be completed after matriculation. Biochemistry and genetics (both with labs) are the only courses that can be completed after you enter the program.

Course equivalencies will be determined during the application process by a thorough review of applicants' undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. In some cases, students may request to take practical comprehensive examinations in lieu of prerequisites. Please contact the department if you have any questions about these prerequisites before applying.

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