Anatomy Research

The MS Anatomy Research degree provides a program of research training for those who wish to become biomedical and medical education researchers.

This is a 2-year thesis program of study of gross anatomy, embryology, cell biology, and histology leading to a Master of Science degree in Anatomy by research. It is designed specifically for candidates who wish to develop research careers in biomedical science and medical education. In the first year, students in the program take anatomy and histology courses along with other graduate courses. All courses in the program are taught within the School of Medicine by full time faculty. In the second year, students carry out mentored research in the Department of Structural and Cellular Biology.

Who is this program meant for?

This is a two-year  program of taught classes and laboratory research that leads to the MS Anatomy Research degree. It is designed for bachelor degree graduates and physicians who intend to follow a research career in the biomedical sciences. With a MS Anatomy Research degree, graduates can apply for laboratory research positions or to PhD programs in biomedical sciences.

How long is the program?

The program runs for 22 months, from August of the first year to May of the second year.

Will the degree qualify a student for a PhD?

Upon graduation with a MS Anatomy Research degree, graduates can apply to PhD programs in US or non-US colleges and universities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Anatomy Research program must meet the following requirements:

  1. A complete application to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. This includes a written statement of career goals and objectives (not to exceed 1,500 words)
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  3.  Official transcripts for all academic work (forwarded directly from each college or university)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Any one of the following minimum scores: GRE 310; MCAT 504 (28); DAT 16; for applicants from Australia: GAMSAT 57
  6. TOEFL scores for applicants from non-English-speaking nations with a minimum score of 72.

Application process

The application for admission to the MS Anatomy Research degree program in Anatomy should be submitted to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis. Therefore early submission of applications is highly encouraged.  There is no application fee.

to the Master of Science degree program in Anatomy Research.

Supplemental application materials may be directed to:

Biomedical Sciences Office

1430 Tulane Ave. Mail Code #8656

New Orleans, LA 70112

phone: 504-988-5226

fax: 504-988-3779

Degree requirements

Students must take 43 credit hours of course work over 4 semesters and complete the requirements for the degree.

Program calendar

The MS in Anatomy Research curriculum is designed for completion within two years. Classes start in August and end in May each year.


Full time tuition for the 2022-23 academic year is $27,000 to be paid on a two-semester basis. No tuition waivers are available for this program. Students will also be charged the following estimated fees on a per semester basis: Academic Support Services ($1400), Student Activities ($120), Reily Recreation Center ($210), and Student Health Services ($359).