Inaugural Class of New Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program socially distanced and wearing masks in the Riley Center

Inaugural Class of New Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies


Dr. Debra Munsell

Welcome to the Mississippi State University-Meridian Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program Portal.

Thank you for your interest in our developing PA program. We invite you to review our website often for details about the developing program and the PA profession in general. As the program progresses, we will be adding more specific information.

Please connect with all the links we have provided to learn all you can about the Physician Assistant profession. 

Located on the Riley Campus of Mississippi State University-Meridian, the program has access to two prominent Mississippi health care systems. The historic Rosenbaum Health Science building provides state-of-the-art educational technology in an atmosphere of historic elegance.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mississippi State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Mississippi State University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

For more information on the developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, please contact (

Please explore our website frequently for updated information.


Debra S. Munsell DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Inaugural Program Director & Associate Professor

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Mississippi State University - Meridian
Physician Assistant Studies
Riley Campus - Rosenbaum Building 
2214 5th Street 
Meridian, MS 39301

Phone: (601) 696-2320
Fax: (601) 696-2350

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