Master of Science in Anatomy

Focused on you and your goals

High-quality, engaging and in-depth: DMU's M.S.A. program will give you anatomical expertise and options for using it.

Des Moines University’s Master of Science in Anatomy Program provides students with extensive knowledge in the anatomical sciences and the ability to apply, communicate and teach that knowledge. Excellent faculty and facilities, one-to-one mentorship and a focus on students’ goals and success are big advantages.

The DMU Advantage:

The DMU Advantage:


comprehensive knowledge of the human body


strong teaching and presentation skills


for excellent professional programs


closely with classmates and world-class faculty

Program Highlights

The program is designed to be completed in 24 months but can be completed on a part-time basis in up to five years.

  • Learn from the best

    The DMU M.S.A. faculty are excellent educators who are committed to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. They also have diverse interests and areas of expertise; several have active research endeavors in areas including evolutionary sciences, comparative anatomy and forensics. The relatively small size of the program means you will benefit from the personal attention and professional guidance of these experts.
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  • NEW! Teaching and thesis tracks

    The teaching track is designed to prepare students for entry into medical and allied medical professional programs, careers in academic teaching, or further study in graduate programs, particularly anatomical-education. The thesis track is designed to prepare students for a research-based career in comparative and evolutionary anatomy.
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  • Service and support

    The anatomy students at DMU are great ambassadors for the sciences as well as for the University. They serve as teaching assistants for students in other programs. They participate in campus events and volunteer in the community, including at local schools.

  • Advantageous option

    The M.S.A. program, offered by the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will prepare you for a variety of career paths. Students who want to work in education gain extensive experience in teaching and presenting. For students who want to become health care providers, the M.S.A. degree is a plus on applications for professional programs.

  • Dual degree

    The program is available as a dual degree for students in DMU’s osteopathic and podiatric medical degree programs. The M.S.A. program can improve students’ board exam scores and applications for competitive residencies.
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Meet Your Faculty

We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a distinctive place to learn.

Keely Cassidy, Master of Science in Anatomy

“I really credit the M.S.A. program for showing me what teaching is and can be. Teaching is where my passion is. The program is a great place to prove to yourself that you can handle a rigorous course load and high expectations. It helps you figure out where your interests lie and where to use your energy to go down that path.”

Keely Cassidy, M.S.A.’11, Ph.D.,

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