Admissions Procedures

Following receipt of the student’s complete application for admission, each application will be reviewed by the Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program Admissions Committee. All portions of the application will be evaluated including prior course work completed, grades, standardized exam scores, personal statements, curriculum vitae, recommendation letters and the student’s interview if granted.

A typical student accepted into the Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program meets or exceeds the criteria below.

  • Recently completion of the LMU Anatomical Sciences Master’s degree program with thesis or documented equivalent training. It is expected that upon entering the Ph.D. program, the student has sufficient content knowledge to immediately enter into the teaching practicums.
  • Cumulative of GPA ≥3.0
  • Standardized exam scores: GRE ≥292 or MCAT2015 ≥492
  • Outstanding recommendation letters
  • Demonstrates outstanding communication skills.

Admissions Requirements

The Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program is designed for students possessing an Master's degree (ideally in Anatomy). However, a Master's degree is not required to apply, other degrees and equivalent experience may be considered.

  • Graduate coursework is REQUIRED in the following subjects (equivalent LMU course numbers are listed).
    • Human Anatomy
      • ANAT-701: Medical Gross Anatomy – (7 credit hours)
    • Statistics
      • MATH-270: Probability Statistics – (3 credit hours)
  • Graduate course work is RECOMMENDED in the following subjects.
    • Histology
    • Neuroanatomy
    • Human Embryology


To be considered for admission into the Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program, applicants must have a Master’s degree, or documented equivalent training.

Additionally, the applicant must submit the following materials by the application deadline. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Standardized exam scores: GRE or MCAT
  • Personal statement: The personal statement should clearly articulate why the applicant wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Anatomical Education and how completion of this program will advance their career goals. There is no word limit for the personal statement, but it should be concise and demonstrate excellent written communication skills.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendation letters. We recommend the following
    • At least one from instructors in your most recent program of study
    • At least one from an anatomical sciences instructor
  • Non-native English speaking applicants must submit Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Minimum acceptable scores are either 600 on the paper-based version, 100 on the internet-based version, or 250 on the computer-based version. The candidate must also display proficiency in English during the interview
  • Prior to matriculation, students must provide Documentation of Immunizations, Immunity, and Physical Health (details provided under student services heading)

Application Timelines

Application cycle dates and deadlines will be posted on the LMU-DCOM Anatomical Education Ph.D. Program’s website.

Applicants with Foreign Coursework

Applicants who wish to use coursework completed outside the United States must submit their transcripts for evaluation to one of the following services:

  • World Education Services P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-0745 212.966.6311
  • Josef Silny & Associates 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami, FL 33173 305.273.1616

A course-by-course evaluation is required, and all course work must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. LMU-DCOM will only honor evaluations from one of the above services. The evaluation must be included with the application packet.