Graduate study in anatomy provides advanced professional education in the essentials of human anatomy, including gross anatomy, developmental anatomy (embryology), microanatomy (cell biology/histology), and neurobiology.
The Master of Science in Anatomy degree can be earned through one of two programs—the thesis option or the course option. In both programs, the required core courses are microanatomy, gross anatomy, embryology, neurobiology and three seminars.
Format and assessment
The thesis option is for students who need or desire the full range of professional experience, including intensive research and writing. This option assures training in research techniques and in the preparation of scholarly papers. It culminates in the preparation and defense of a thesis based on original research. The student's program of study is an initiation into methods of intense study and research in some selected area of anatomy.
The course option allows the student to plan a program of study that satisfies his or her educational needs and career objectives, as well as meeting degree requirements. The student's program of study includes a comprehensive oral examination of the material presented in the core anatomy courses and a written scholarly project focusing on a contemporary issue falling under the various subdisciplines of anatomy. The course option also includes the opportunity to learn fundamental laboratory techniques used in anatomical research, and to help teach in one or more of the department's graduate or undergraduate courses.
The department also offers a certificate program in anatomy. This program is for students who have an interest in anatomy but do not want to pursue, or do not need, a master's degree. The program of study consists of three of the core graduate anatomy courses.
The Master of Science degree in anatomy is designed primarily for students who expect to continue on to doctoral studies (Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent).