Anatomy MS Program Details

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Michael Ludwig and Caitlin McMenamin, both students in the Anatomy Graduate Program at Penn State College of Medicine, are seen at work in a lab in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences. The two are looking downward and framed at right by clean glassware hanging on a lab wall.

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The goal of the Anatomy MS Program at Penn State College of Medicine is to educate and prepare individuals for advanced professional degrees in human structure, or for accelerated entry into professions related to medical science and biomedical research.

The Master of Science in Anatomy is an academic degree awarded for the satisfactory completion of a program of study that includes both didactic coursework and original research.

It is expected that a student will expend a minimum of two academic years of study in a full-time capacity to complete this degree.


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The Master of Science in Anatomy is an academic degree and requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits with at least 18 credits at the 500-level or above. A GPA of 3.0 is required at the time of graduation.

Required Courses

  • ANAT 503 Human Gross Anatomy
  • ANAT 512 Human Embryology
  • ANAT 505 Microscopic Anatomy I
  • ANAT 506 Microscopic Anatomy II
  • Human Structure Cadaveric Laboratory
  • ANAT 590 Colloquium
  • ANAT 600 Laboratory Research (6 credits; normally taken during last semester)
  • Biomedical Ethics (1 credit)
  • Electives (3 to 6 credits)

The Anatomy MS Program must be completed in six semesters unless the student has received prior approval (due to extenuating circumstances) for an extended course of study.