To be considered for admission to the master of science in anatomy program, you must have a B.A. or B.S. or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree should be in the biological or physical sciences; however, applicants with non-science degrees will be considered if they have a strong science background. The bachelor’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Students who are intellectually capable and possess investigative skills and inquisitive minds will find challenging, rewarding and fulfilling opportunities at Des Moines University.

Academic Requirements

A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher are recommended to be considered for admission. All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions (or foreign equivalents). No grade lower than a C- will be accepted for prerequisite coursework. CLEP credits, AP credits, IB credits and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites.

Entrance Exams

Applicants must supply results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) with their application. Test scores more than three years old are not accepted.


The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress.

  • Biology/zoology 8 semester hours with lab
  • Inorganic chemistry 8 semester hours with lab
  • Organic chemistry – 4 semester hours with lab
  • Biochemistry – 3 semester hours
  • Physics – 8 semester hours with lab (may substitute 3 semester hours of statistics)
  • English, English composition, speech or literature – 6 semester hours
  • Other recommended courses include Molecular biology, genetics, humanities, behavioral sciences and math/statistics

Permanent Residents

Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission.
Note: Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for admission to the Master of Science program.  Please review information for international students.

Technical Standards

Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information. Further information about accommodations can be found in the Accommodations in Education Policy.

Background Checks

Accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.  All students must complete a criminal background check by the DMU selected vendor prior to enrollment. If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Students will then be required to participate in annual background checks through the Dean’s office and/or Clinical Affairs.