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Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology


The Master's of Science in Anatomical Sciences (MS-ANSC) degree at UAB is a four-semester, 18 month program designed to produce skilled teachers of anatomy. Since 2005, a nationwide need for anatomy teachers at all instructional levels has persisted, making recruitment of qualified faculty who can teach anatomy exceedingly problematic. The UAB MS-ANSC program is leading the charge to rectify this deficit: Beginning the summer of 2019, UAB will begin offering quality instruction to individuals pursuing an advanced degree in gross anatomy. New students begin the curriculum in the summer semester, and finish four semesters later in the following summer. Applications are due March 1st, with admission decisions finalized by May 1st.

Students will take ca. 12 credit hours of pedagogy training, including scholarly research in teaching, and curriculum development courses. An additional ca. 22 credit hours are focused on the anatomical sciences (gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroanatomy), with dissection, research, and teaching practicum opportunities.

Admission Requirements:

  • Letter of intent/personal statement (Why do you want to study anatomy?)
  • Transcripts (3.5 undergrad GPA (lower scores considered on a case-by-case basis), or other graduate work demonstrating academic excellence)
  • Interview required

If you have questions, please contact:

J. Bradley Barger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (CDIB)
O: (205) 934-5051
C: (913) 634-6838

Danielle Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (CDIB)
O: (205) 934-6379


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