Teaching Track

Applications for the teaching-track are submitted directly through Des Moines University or through the Post Baccalaureate Centralized Application Service (PostBacCAS). It is your choice to determine which application may be better suited to your situation. Applications are reviewed once they are complete and/or verified.

Thesis Track

Applicants are highly encouraged to contact the specific faculty member they are interested in working with prior to applying. Applications to the Master of Science in Anatomy thesis track program are only accepted through the DMU direct application.

Application Timing

  • The application to the Master of Science in Anatomy will open on August 15.
  • For best consideration, it is recommended to have all materials submitted by early June 2021.

DMU utilizes rolling admissions, therefore it is recommended you apply and submit application materials early in the cycle.


Applicants may apply to the MSA program directly through DMU here
  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. In the online application you will be asked to:
    • Provide GRE (code 2256), MCAT or DAT scores
    • Provide TOEFL exam scores (non-native English speaking applicants only)
  3. Upon completion of the online application please submit the following:
    • Official GRE, MCAT or DAT score report(s)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Transcripts

Official transcripts can be emailed to: MSAdmit@dmu.edu or mailed to:

MSA Admissions
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

All materials related to an application for admission become the property of Des Moines University upon receipt and will not be returned or released to the applicant either in original or photocopy form.

Applicants may only apply to one Des Moines University program at a time.

PostBacCAS Application Process

Applicants may also apply through PostBacCAS.

All supporting documents may be submitted through PostBacCAS. As transcripts and test scores may take several weeks to process by PostBacCAS, it is strongly recommended that you begin your application well in advance of the June deadline.

In addition to the PostBacCAS application, you must submit:

Official transcripts
Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees. Transcripts must be submitted directly to PostBacCAS.

Official test scores
The MCAT is recommended for the MSA program. GRE and DAT scores are also acceptable. The PostBacCAS GRE code for Des Moines University is 4414.

Contact information for a minimum of three references. Evaluations may come from a professor, academic advisor, employer, supervisor or mentor.

Personal interview

Interview assessments are required for admission to the M.S.A. program. Currently the interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. At this time there are no in-person interviews due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Accommodations in education policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

Additional information

TOEFL scores

In addition to admission requirements, applicants who are not native speakers of English must satisfy an adequate command of the English language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or other evidence of English proficiency are required. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 points on the paper-based exam, or 79 on the internet-based exam is required. For more information about the TOEFL, visit www.toefl.org or contact ETS. The TOEFL requirement is waived for applicants who have received a degree from an institution where instruction was conducted in English.

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