Anatomical Expertise With a Focus on Education and Further Study

The M.S.A. non-thesis track is designed to prepare students for entry into medical and allied medical professional programs, careers in education or further study in graduate programs, particularly anatomical education. It includes an extensive anatomy teaching requirement, honing students’ critical thinking, communication and presentation skills.

This track is available as a dual degree for students in DMU’s osteopathic medicine and podiatric medicine programs to expand their knowledge of the human body. The M.S.A. also can improve medical students’ board exam scores and applications for competitive residencies. For students who want to become health care providers, the M.S.A. non-thesis track degree is a plus on applications for professional programs.

Engaging and In-Depth: M.S.A. Non-Thesis Curriculum

Fall Term
(August - December)
Spring Term
(January - May)
Year 1 14 Total Credits
Molecules, Cells & Tissues (8 credits)
Gross Anatomy A (6 credits)
10.5 Total Credits
Physiology (6 credits)
Gross Anatomy B (4.5 credits)
Year 2 9 Total Credits
Anatomy Seminar (1 credit)
Advanced Dissections I (1 credit)
Teaching in Anatomy I (2 credits)
Human Development (2 credits)
Statistics (3 credits)
9+ Total Credits
Anatomy Seminar (1 credit)
Advanced Dissections II (1 credit)
Teaching in Anatomy II (2 credits)
M.S.A. Capstone Experience (2 credits)
Electives (at least 3 credits)

Application Process

Applications to the Master of Science in Anatomy Non-Thesis Track program are only accepted through the DMU website.

M.S.A. Non-Thesis Track Admission Requirements

Apply through DMU’s direct application or through the Post Baccalaureate Centralized Application Service. Applications become available on August 15 for the class that begins the following fall term. For best consideration, it is recommended to have all materials submitted by early June. DMU uses rolling admissions, so candidates also are recommended to apply early.

Other admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative and science GPAs of 2.8 and higher are recommended
  • Completion of the following courses prior to matriculation:
    • Biology/zoology – 8 semester hours with lab
    • General 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
  • Transcripts of all universities and colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from an employer, supervisor, academic advisor, professor or mentor
  • Optional MCAT, GRE or DAT scores
  • U.S. Citizenship or legal permanent resident status

Competitive candidates for admission will be invited to DMU to tour the facilities, meet faculty and graduate students and have a formal interview. Zoom/Skype interviews are also available.

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