Anatomy, M.A., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s graduate anatomy programs offers advanced training on the structure of the human body and prepares you for a career in medicine or academics.

About the Program

Offered through Saint Louis University's Center for Anatomical Science and Education, SLU’s graduate programs in anatomy can assist in M.D. or Ph.D. postdoctoral training and to stimulate your interest in research. You will advance the frontiers of your knowledge and technical expertise through active participation in a variety of research projects.

Graduate students in SLU’s anatomy program perform research projects by working with a faculty mentor whose research interests match their own. Doctoral students are expected to publish and present a minimum of two research projects. The program also offers a concentration in neurobiology for Ph.D. students that can help prepare you for a career in neuroscience-related areas.


SLU’s Center for Anatomical Science and Education faculty are engaged in multidisciplinary research of biological structure and function ranging from ultrastructural to gross anatomical levels. Clinically relevant anatomy and neurobiology is a major interest. Other research interests include cell biology and pathobiology.

Facilities are available for autoradiography, electrophysiology, gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting, immunostaining (immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence), high-performance liquid chromatography, in situ hybridization, microsurgery, stereotaxic neurosurgery, microinjections and animal behavioral assays. The center is also equipped to perform optical imaging, including bright field, phase contrast and fluorescence microscopy.

Program Highlights

Teaching faculty and mentors are drawn from a select group of scientists and clinicians at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The faculty are united by their extensive experience and teaching and training young scientists, medical students and physicians-in-training.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

Students pursuing a master’s degree in anatomy at SLU can choose to complete either a thesis or a project.

The thesis option provides advanced training in anatomy and is a good option if you are interested in teaching fundamental courses in anatomy or if your main interests are in related fields such as medicine or the allied health professions. It also serves as an introduction to biomedical research. A total of 30 credit hours, including six hours of thesis research, are required for graduation.

The project option is appropriate if you want to teach human anatomy structure and function, or if you are undecided about a career in the health professions and want to improve your academic background before applying to professional schools. It provides training in anatomy with a capstone project. A total of 30 credit hours is necessary to complete the degree.

Ph.D.  Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s doctoral degree in anatomy provides training in clinical human anatomy and independent research for students interested in teaching and research at the university level. Your dissertation research will be related to the Center for Anatomical Science and Education’s current research focus. These can include clinically relevant topics in neurobiology, pathology, and/or biological structure and function.  A total of 48 credit hours (36 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation research) are required for graduation.

  • Michael Ariel, Ph.D.
  • Craig Lawson, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Joshua W. Little, D.C., Ph.D.
  • John R. Martin III, Ph.D.
  • Solomon Segal, M.D.
  • Yun Tan, M.D., Ph.D.
  • MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA
  • Paul A. Young, Ph.D., Emeritus 
Possible careers for graduates with a degree in anatomy include medical doctor, allied health professional and university professor. 
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

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Applicant Criteria

Applicants are admitted on a competitive basis and must have a B.S. or B.A. degree from an accredited U.S. college or university with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and/or science GPA of 2.8. In addition, applicants must have either a minimum combined MCAT score of 495 or a GRE general test score at the 40th percentile.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE G scores (GRE S optional)
Professional goal statement


Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Students should apply for the M.S. program by July 1 for fall admission, and for the Ph.D. program by March 1 (also for fall admission).