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Admissions Requirements

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree candidates are chosen based on numerous criteria. Top consideration criteria include:

Must be complete by the application deadline (September 1st):

  • Completion of the CASPA application
  • Completion of all prerequisites (See prerequisites tab for details)
  • All final transcripts received
  • GRE scores received (see below for details)

Completion of a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time of matriculation

Prior academic work based on Prerequisite GPA and Cumulative GPA -- Send to CASPA

A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in both areas. The Program has 34 hours of prerequisite coursework required. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally - accredited college or university is required for admission to the Program.  For a list of required prerequisite courses, please refer to: http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/chp/pa/admissions/prerequisites.htm

During the application process transcripts only need to be sent to CASPA.

GRE scores - Send to CASPA

Applicants should aim for a 50th percentile score or higher in each section of the GRE to ensure that they are competitive. Candidates should take the GRE before August of the year in which they are applying. In addition to taking the GRE at least two months prior to the application deadline, applicants should also request that their scores be sent at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure that scores will be received prior to the application deadline. The MUSC CASPA GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code is 2178. For additional information regarding the GRE, please visit the ETS-GRE website.

Reference letters (at least 3) - Send to CASPA

At least one should be from a health care provider, preferably a PA or physician.  None should be from family members or family friends.

Hands-on patient care experience - Send to CASPA

 A minimum number of patient care hours is not required for admittance into our Program.

 Successful applicants average over 500 hours of patient care experience upon entering the Program.

 We accept hands-on patient care experience hours received by shadowing, volunteering, or work experience.

Other factors that our admissions committee values include:

Traits desirable in a future physician assistant, previous accomplishments, diverse life experiences, and significant knowledge of how to deliver health care.

Experiences which demonstrate these traits may include: volunteer work, international mission work, military service, proficiency in foreign languages, unique life experiences, health training or certification, unique leadership positions, and biomedical research experience. To view qualifications of incoming students, click here

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