Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology (NCBP)

Master of Science in Anatomy

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Why Choose the Anatomy Program?

You can earn the Master of Science in Anatomy degree through one of two programs—the thesis option or the course option. In both programs, the required core courses are microanatomy, gross anatomy, embryology, neurobiology, and three seminars.

The thesis option offers you the full range of professional experience, including intensive research and writing. This option assures you will be trained in research techniques and the preparation of scholarly papers. It culminates in the preparation and defense of a thesis based on original research. Your program of study is an initiation into methods of intense study and research in some selected area of anatomy.

The course option allows you to plan a program of study that satisfies your educational needs and career objectives, as well as meeting degree requirements. Your program of study includes a comprehensive oral examination of the material presented in the core anatomy courses and a written scholarly project focusing on a contemporary issue falling under the various subdisciplines of anatomy. The course option also includes the opportunity to learn fundamental laboratory techniques used in anatomical research, and to help teach in one or more of the department's graduate or undergraduate courses.


Careers in anatomy and physiology include:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • MRI technologist
  • Massage therapist
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical technologist
  • Nurse
  • Personal trainer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Research scientist
  • Teacher

Real-World Experience

The course option also includes the opportunity to help teach in one or more of the department's graduate or undergraduate courses.

Academics and Curriculum

View the Master of Science in Anatomy program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

NCBP Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)


Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the Wright State University Graduate School, the following department requirements must be met in order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Anatomy Program.

Academic Requirements

  • All applicants must have a B.A., B.S., or equivalent degree.
  • Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

Entrance Exams

  • Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 must submit GRE scores. A combined GRE total exceeding 305 (minimum 153 Verbal; 152 quantitative) is required.
  • International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A TOEFL score exceeding 550, or a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL-IBL is required.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Two years of biology, vertebrate anatomy, and cell biology (recommended).
  • Two years of chemistry, including organic chemistry.

How to Apply

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Anatomy program, you must first be accepted into the Wright State Graduate School in regular status. Minimum graduate school requirements include an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale). Applicants who do not meet the minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 must also send an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to the Graduate School. Applicants who have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may submit those scores in place of the GRE to the Graduate School.

All correspondence pertaining to the admission of a student should be addressed to the Graduate School, Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001.

In addition to applying for admission to the Graduate School, applicants should submit a statement of preferred option or concentration of study, professional goals, purpose of graduate study and specialty interest, plus two letters of recommendation.

To be considered for fall admission, you should complete your application by August 1 of the year you wish to matriculate.

For additional information please call Kim Hagler, program secretary, at 937-775-4496 in the NCBP graduate program office located in 105 White Hall.