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Cell Systems and Anatomy

The Master of Science degree in Cell Systems and Anatomy offers training in areas of anatomical sciences and biotechnology. The curriculum prepares students seeking a Master of Science degree for a fulfilling biomedical career, in academic, industrial or clinical settings. The overall mission of the program is to prepare the next generation of life-long learners and critical thinkers to design and execute innovative basic and translational research, and to address the most important and challenging knowledge gaps in basic biology, human health, and disease. 

For the program website, click here.

Admission Requirements

- Bachelor's degree with a Natural Science major (to include general biology, general chemistry, general physics and calculus) 

- Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) 

- A minimum score of 308 in the GRE (verbal + quantitative) is preferred

About the Program

There are two parallel tracks in the Program: Anatomical Sciences and Biotechnology. Selection of a track leading to the Master's Degree will depend upon the student and the professional career for which the student is preparing.

The Anatomical Sciences track provides unique opportunities to teach and tutor medical, dental, and other health professions students. Over 43 percent of graduates have moved on to medical or dental school in past five years.

The Biotechnology track focuses on bench research using cutting-edge technology available including Next-Gen sequencing and Super Resolution microscopy. Over 70 percent of graduates in the past five years work at major biotech/pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.

Anatomical Sciences Track 

- Interdisciplinary human gross anatomy course with full cadaveric dissection

- 43% of graduates moved on to medical or dental school in past 5 years

- Unique opportunities to teach and tutor medical, dental and other health professions students 

- Highly acclaimed teaching faculty with many awards including the prestigious Piper Professorships, UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards and UTHSCSA Presidential Teaching Excellence Awards

Biotechnology Track 

- Cutting-edge technology available including Next-Gen sequencing and Super Resolution microscopy

- 70% of graduates in last 5 years now working at major biotech/big pharma companies and academic institutions

- Graduates of the program have won the annual Guarino award, the top institution-wide prize for M.S. graduates, in each of the last 4 years

- Faculty members with state-of-the-art laboratories conducting exciting basic science and translational research in Aging, Cancer Biology, Cell & Organelle Biology, DNA Repair & Mutagenesis, Neurobiology and Stem Cells

Plan of Study

For the plan of study for the Anatomical Sciences track,  click here.

For the plan of study for the Biotechnology track,  click here


For a list of faculty,  click here

Contact Information:

Rebecca Beard

Academic Programs Coordinator


Ramaswamy Sharma

Assistant Professor 

(210) 567-3845

Application Deadline:
Fall/ April 15

Program Handbook:
MS CSA Graduate Program Handbook

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