Jul 20, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Integrative Anatomical Sciences (MS)

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Program Director: Kristi L. Lewton, PhD

The Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences provides training in the basic medical sciences to health professional students. It also prepares graduate students as future teachers and researchers in the human anatomical sciences and functional morphology. The graduate-level course of study includes in-depth training in core anatomical disciplines: gross anatomy, histology and neuroanatomy, including cadaveric dissection and microscopic study of tissues. In addition, students receive an intensive introduction to fundamentals of bone and dental biology, human anatomical variation and clinical anatomical correlations. Interested students may receive training in laboratory teaching for gross anatomy or research training in functional and evolutionary morphology. 


The Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences selects highly qualified students for admission into its Master of Science program in Human Anatomical Sciences. The prerequisite for applicants to the MS program is a bachelor’s degree with a science major or equivalent. Applicants should have a superior undergraduate record at an accredited college or university, with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Generally required courses include at least one year of college-level biology, one year of college-level physics, and mathematics through calculus. College-level courses in cell biology, developmental biology, organismal biology and physiology are recommended.

The IAS MS Program does not require the results of standardized tests (for example, GRE) for admission.

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required. Foreign applicants are expected to provide results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Results from Internet-based, computer-based, or paper-based tests are acceptable. However, candidates with special circumstances may be considered for conditional admission.

Progressive Degree Applicants: Current undergraduates at USC may apply to the IAS Masters Program as a Progressive Degree. 

Special Admission Considerations: Special considerations may be given to students who experienced extenuating circumstances and to applicants with limited English proficiency that could be corrected by language courses offered by the University’s American Language Institute.

Questions regarding program admission can be directed to: msanatomy@usc.edu

Degree requirements

The Master of Science (MS) degree is awarded for demonstrated competence in the anatomical sciences. This is a 12-month program that begins with intensive training in human gross anatomy in the summer term. Students must complete a minimum of 32 units of graduate-level courses (500 or higher) beyond the baccalaureate degree, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Elective Courses

Students complete 8 units of electives, which may be chosen from the list below or pursued in other USC departments with approval from the IAS MS Program Director.

Additional Requirements

IAS 580  must be taken in the Fall, while IAS 581L  is repeatable and can be taken in the Fall and/or Spring.

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