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
The program is designed to be completed in 24 months but can be completed on a part-time basis in up to five years. Students gain comprehensive knowledge in the four disciplines of anatomy: gross anatomy, cell and tissue biology, neuroanatomy and human development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Your Faculty
We are committed to training competent, passionate professionals. Our expert faculty make DMU a distinctive place to learn.
“I could not have chosen a better route to medicine. The MSA program is led by professionals at the top of their field, and the curriculum is set up in a way to let students gain extensive foundational knowledge.”
Cassie Donahue, M.S.A. student
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