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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 College’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. 

Course # Course Name Credits
BIO 639/L Gross Anatomy 6
BIO 504/L Microscopic Anatomy 4
BIO 517/L Comparative Anatomy 4
BIO 520/L Developmental Biology 4
BIO 505/L Neurobiology 4
ANA 601 Research Methods in Anatomy I 3
ANA 602 Advanced Research Methods II 4



The D'Youville College 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.



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

  • Teaching assistantships awarded to all students entering the MS Anatomy program.
  • Automatic 25-50% scholarships for qualified students entering the BS/MS program that continues throughout your 5 years of study.
  • We offer 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.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites & Admission Requirements

Students entering the program as graduate students must meet the following criteria. 

  • 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).
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Students must have pre-requisite 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.
  • 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 pre-requisite, 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 pre-requisites. Please contact the department if you have any questions about these pre-requisites before applying.


Teaching Assistantships

All students accepted to the MS Anatomy program are awarded 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.

Unlike many institutions that require TAs to function as the primary instructor for the courses they teach, our TAs partner with experienced faculty members to assist with course duties, provide open laboratory hours for studying/tutoring allowing our students some teaching experience while allowing time to complete their allowing our students more time to pursue their degrees.

Contact Us

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

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