Program Admission Information

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.

How to Apply

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.

Applicants will need to submit the following for consideration:

  1. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate work, teaching and/or independent research.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  3. TOEFL scores (if applicable).
  4. Statement of Purpose – Applicants should describe why they are pursuing a MS degree in Integrative Anatomical Sciences, and how such a degree will further their career goals. Although research is not a requirement of the MS IAS Program, if applicants are interested in conducting research as an elective course, they should specify their research interests, their previous research experience, and with which IAS faculty members they would be interested in working.
  5. Answers to the following application questions:
      1. Describe your motivation for pursuing a MS degree in Integrative Anatomical Sciences (150-300 words).
      2. Describe your preparation for entering a MS degree program. What courses have you taken that have prepared you for advanced training in anatomical sciences (e.g., human anatomy and physiology, embryology, biology, evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, neuroscience)? Describe any extracurricular experiences (e.g., volunteer work, employment) that have prepared you for a MS degree in anatomical sciences (200-300 words).
      3. Describe your intended career path, explain how a MS degree in anatomical sciences will assist you in reaching your career goals, and describe why the MS IAS Program at USC is an ideal fit (200-300 words).
      4. Optional – Do you have diverse life experiences that have shaped your personal development in ways that could contribute to increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in science? (200-300 words, OPTIONAL)

Progressive Degree Applicants
Current undergraduates at USC may apply to the IAS Masters Program as a progressive degree. Please note that the standard rule requiring 1/3 of the coursework be completed as an undergraduate does not apply to this particular program.

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.

Application Deadlines

MS Program in Human Anatomical Sciences – February 1st.
International applicants are encouraged to submit their application by January 1st.
Late applications will be accepted until May 15th, and considered on a case-by-case basis.