Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS)

Gain an Edge in Advancing Your Medical Education

Designed to prepare students interested in entering a medical school or physician assistant program, as well as those working toward an advanced doctoral degree in biomedical sciences, the Master of Sciences in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS) program through the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences provides the solid foundation they need to transition to their next level of education.

About the M-ATS Program at GW

The M-ATS program provides a comprehensive curricular platform that strengthens students’ understanding of the basic medical and translational sciences to help as they begin advancing their education.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the M-ATS program is clinically oriented with a strong emphasis on human disorders. Additionally, the small class size of the GW M-ATS program enables students to received focused attention from committed SMHS faculty, thereby fostering their key academic strengths to help them move successfully into a medical school or physician assistant program. M-ATS students are able to immerse themselves in the same courses taught during the first year of medical school, including gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics and genomic medicine. Students are also provided with opportunities to conduct translational research with faculty of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its affiliated Children’s National Health System.

Program Requirements

Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for admission to the M-ATS program. Students must have completed all their pre-medical undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, math and English before entering the program. Students, who have not completed their prerequisite courses, may consider applying to our affiliated GW Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate program offered at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus. Students do not need to have taken the MCAT in order to apply to the M-ATS program.


The Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS) is a non-thesis master’s program designed to maximize students’ academic and career opportunities by enhancing competitiveness of applications to medical schools, physician assistant programs, or advanced graduate degree programs (Ph.D.). Students will acquire a solid background in translational sciences and personalized medicine. The program’s interdisciplinary and clinically oriented curriculum will provide students with advanced knowledge in basic medical sciences, clinical studies, and clinical and translational research methods. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of human gross anatomy, embryology, functional histology, neuroanatomy, genomic medicine, bioinformatics, systems physiology, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, modern stem cell and developmental biology, and cutting edge technology for biomedical molecular imaging.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of M-ATS draws 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 goals of the M-ATS program are to ensure that graduates will:

  • Demonstrate competency in the basic medical sciences, particularly in areas related to gaining admission to professional health programs or higher degree programs in biomedical sciences
  • Acquire principles in anatomical sciences with an emphasis on clinical relevance in gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, neuroanatomy, and embryology
  • Attain fundamental principles in tissue regeneration, systems physiology, pharmacology and pharmacogenomics with an emphasis on personalized medicine
  • Demonstrate skills in translational sciences and the field of molecular medicine on current therapeutic approaches to prevent or treat human disorders

Graduation Rate

2014-2016 MATS graduation rate is 93%