Anatomical and Translational Sciences

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

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 Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – June 15 (MS), July 1 (Certificate only)

Standardized tests:

The MCAT scores are not required.  However, applicants who have completed the MCAT should upload a copy of their official scores as a supporting document to their online application.

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations required (MS and Graduate Certificate):

  • 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. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 are not eligible for admission. Qualitative and quantitative skills as demonstrated by completion of courses in biology with labs, physics with labs, and chemistry with labs. All of the core premedical requirements must be completed by the time of matriculation to the program. Prerequisite courses for M.D. or physician assistant programs must be have been completed with a grade of "C" or better. Online courses are not accepted to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Applicants must indicate if they are enrolled in a pre-medical requirement course no later than the final semester prior to their intended enrollment at GW. Applicants who previously applied to medical schools need to include their AMCAS-verified application as a PDF file after their personal essay. For more information on premed coursework, please see:

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 1,000 words 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.

Additional requirements: Applicants are required to submit a BCPM (science-math) GPA calculation document. The BCPM calculation form is available here:

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 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 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday