The objectives of the graduate program through Saint Louis University's Center for Anatomical Science and Education are: 
  • to provide innovative scholarship and effective teaching in all aspects of the structure of the human body, 
  • to offer training programs in anatomy for graduate students, 
  • to assist in the training of M.D. or Ph.D. post-doctorals, and 
  • to stimulate interest in research and advance the frontiers of knowledge and technical expertise by active participation in a variety of research projects. 
Graduate students do research projects while working with a faculty mentor whose research interests match their own. Doctoral students are expected to publish and present a minimum of two (2) research projects.

CASE offers two M.S. programs:  thesis and project. 

The thesis option provides advanced training in anatomy for individuals interested in teaching elementary courses in anatomy and serves as an introduction to biomedical research. It is also appropriate for those whose main interests are in related fields such as medicine or physical therapy. A total of 30 credit hours, including four to six credit hours of thesis research, is necessary to complete the degree.

The project option provides training in anatomy without the required thesis research project and is appropriate for students who want a graduate degree in anatomy to fulfill a professional need to teach human anatomy structure and function. It is also appropriate for students who are undecided about a career in the health professions and want to improve their academic background before applying to professional schools such as medicine or dentistry. A total of 30 credit hours is necessary to complete the degree.

The doctoral degree in anatomy provides training in clinical human anatomy and independent research for individuals seeking a career in teaching and research at the medical school or university level. Research of biological structure and function focused on clinically relevant topics or neurobiology. A total of 48 credit hours (36 credit hours of course work and 12 credit hours of dissertation research) is required for graduation.

The Center's faculty are engaged in multidisciplinary research of biological structure and function ranging from ultrastructural to gross anatomical levels, with major interest in preclinical biomedical pain research. Facilities are available for autoradiography, cell culture, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, microsurgery, and stereotaxic neurosurgery. The Center is equipped to perform optical imaging, including bright field, phase contrast, and fluorescent microscopy. Electron microscopy is available for transmission and scanning. 


Possible careers for graduates include medical doctor, academia, government or industry professions.