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​​Thank you for your interest in The Ohio State University Anatomy programs. A description of our program is summarized below. Please be advised, however, that most of our first-year students are self-supported as we are unable to offer financial aid to first-year students. Grants and Fellowships​ may be available through the Graduate School​. Students who do not receive grants or fellowships make their own arrangements to pay their tuition, fees, and living expenses. The cost of graduate school is available from the graduate admissions office.

A master’s degree (MS) requires 30 graduate credit hours and the doctorate 80 graduate credit hours. There are two masters plans: Thesis, which requires a research project, and Non-Thesis culminating in a comprehensive exam. The MS degree is usually completed in 2 years. The PhD degree, which takes 4 - 5 years, requires a dissertation on a research project.

For a degree, a student takes the required courses in all of the subdisciplines of anatomy (see below) and seminars. The student also takes advanced classes in his/her field of specialty; these classes would be in anatomy, other basic medical sciences, and other areas of interest to the student. Each thesis master’s or doctoral student also completes a research project. Each student is assigned a graduate faculty adviser. The student and adviser plan the student’s program and help plan the research project for MS thesis and the PhD dissertation.

The following are the basic courses in anatomy for both the master’s and doctorate degrees in Anatomy:

  1. Human Anatomy (ANAT 6900) 8 credits
  2. Human Histology (ANAT 6700) 4 credits
  3. Human Embryology (ANAT 6600) 2 credits
  4. Neuroanatomy (ANAT 6800) 4 credits
  5. Anatomy Seminar (ANAT 7891) 4 – 6 credits

Doctoral students take additional courses in anatomy and in their electives.

It is recommended that students complete the basic anatomy courses during their first year. Students may take some of the required courses their second year, depending on individual circumstances, however. Gross anatomy (6900) is traditionally offered in the Fall Semester and is the first course most anatomy graduate students take.

To apply for the Anatomy Graduate Program, you must submit your application to The Graduate School through the Graduate Admissions Office. The website is: http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/apply/grad.html Application for admission must be done by filing an online application at this website. Instructions and forms for faculty references are also found at that site.  Also attach a 1-2 page personal statement of who you are, why you want to get a degree in anatomy at OSU and what your short- and long-term plans are.

Information on Graduate School requirements, timelines, funding, etc. can be found out: http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu/applying-to-ohio-state.html

The application form, GRE scores, and college transcripts from all of the colleges you have attended should be sent directly to OSU's Graduate Admissions Office. Three letters of reference are also required. Have several faculty members who know you write letters specifically for your potential as a graduate student. These letters can be submitted either online directly by your references using the website described on the Graduate Admissions webpage or via US mail to the OSU, Division of Anatomy, 279 Hamilton Hall, 1645 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 or via email to Anatomy@osumc.edu

Successful applicants to the Anatomy Graduate Program typically meet the following criteria:

  1. ​An undergraduate and/or previous graduate GPA of ≥3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  2. GRE scores above 50th percentile on the verbal and/or quantitative portions. 
  3. An internet-based TOEFL score of >100, an IELTS score of >8.0 and/or an MELAB score of >86, if the applicant is from a region where English is not the first language.
  4. Previous degree and/or experience in a science or health/related field of study
  5. Commitment of an advisor or sponsor from the Anatomy Graduate Faculty and determination that the applicant’s interests are consistent with the division and faculty.​

In summary, submit your application and GRE scores online directly to Graduate Admissions at OSU. Request any college you have attended to send official transcripts directly to Grad Admissions. Have 3 letters of recommendation submitted either directly online to Graduate Admissions or to Anatomy. Your personal statement should be attached to your application.

Our M.S. students are very successful. Many of our recent MS students have gone on to medical, osteopathic, or dental school. Other graduate students pursue an advanced degree for professional advancement (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy). Some prefer to teach in community colleges or nursing schools. One of our MS graduates is now an occupational safety specialist; others are employed as a Congressional Aid specializing in science and health policy, a very successful technical sales manager for an orthopedic prosthetic company, and another has a forensic interest with the Ohio Highway Patrol. As you can see, there are many opportunities.

Applications for fall admission are accepted beginning in mid to late August the previous year and should be completed by the following March 15th. The graduate studies committee will review the applications and decide on which students to interview. Interviews are generally conducted in late March and early April with notifications soon to follow. We usually have 40 applicants and accept 10 to 12 student in a combination of MS and PhD.​