Anatomical and Translational Sciences

The Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS) is a two-year non-thesis master’s program designed to give students advanced knowledge in basic medical sciences, clinical studies, and clinical and translational research methods. The program will give students an in-depth understanding of human gross anatomy, embryology, functional histology, neuroanatomy, genomic medicine, bioinformatics, systems physiology, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, and modern stem cell biology. It will also provide students with a solid background in personalized medicine and the methodological aspects of translational research and clinical investigation. This program is designed to maximize their academic and career opportunities by enhancing competitiveness of applications to medical schools, physician assistant programs or advanced graduate degree programs (PhD). The M-ATS program, which is an extension of our existing Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS), has an interdisciplinary curriculum drawing upon the unique strengths and collective expertise of three departments of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Anatomy and Regenerative Biology; Pharmacology and Physiology; and Clinical Research and Leadership.

The Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS) in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences educates students in translational sciences with an understanding of human gross anatomy, embryology, functional histology, neuroanatomy, modern stem cell and developmental biology, and technology for biomedical molecular imaging. GCATS offers a contemporary clinical emphasis using problem-based learning. This two-semester program is designed to maximize career opportunities in the health fields, to enhance competitiveness of applications to medical school or physician assistant programs, or to transition into an advanced graduate degree program in the biomedical sciences.

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 30

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations required, including:

  • One faculty recommendation emphasizing the applicant's academic ability; and
  • One work-related,  research-related, or volunteer recommendation highlighting the applicant's commitment to a career in health care or biomedical sciences.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Prerequisite requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in life sciences with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited university. Qualitative and quantitative skills as demonstrated by completion of courses in biology with labs, physics with labs and chemistry with labs. MCAT or GRE general exam scores are not required but are recommended to demonstrate quantitative and qualitative skills.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 1,000 words (M.S.) or 250 – 500 words (Graduate Certificate), state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to the this program. 

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
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Master of Science (M.S.)
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