Competitive Candidate Profile

Although there is no formula to ensure admittance to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program, it is in your best interest to demonstrate to the admissions committee whichever of the following key attributes you possess.

We desire that each MSPA student: 

  • Welcome a collaborative approach to health professions education
  • Embrace the ideals of health care
  • Commit to becoming excellent, caring and compassionate
    health-care professionals
  • Strive to engage in new and innovative educational approaches
  • Take an active role in your educational experiences
  • Welcome cross-disciplinary studies and other progressive health care topics
  • Understand and appreciate collaborative team processes
  • Participate in community-based education and/or service learning projects
  • Display integrity, compassion and respect
  • Embrace moral principles
  • Aspire for life-long learning
  • Demonstrate a preparedness to understand the MSPA curriculum
  • Articulate the Physician Assistant profession
Students practicing

The following statistics for the class entering August 2017 will give you a sense of where you might fall within the applicant pool. For additional statistics, please visit the Office of Institutional Research’s  Academic Outcomes webpage

Application Counts

Number of Applications Received1810
Number of Interviews Granted493
Number of Students Enrolled98

Applicant Scores

Average Overall GPA3.55
Average Prerequisite GPA3.62
Average Science GPA3.53