Application Process

Submit application through the Physician Assistant Centralized Application Service (CASPA)

  • The MSU MPAS program faculty and staff do not provide assistance with completion of the CASPA application or review prior to submittal. For help with application-related questions, contact CASPA Customer Support at 617-612-2080 or
  • A note about professionalism: The PA profession and the MSU MPAS program value professionalism in program pre-applicants, applicants, students, and graduates. The MSU MPAS program expects all persons to exhibit professionalism when contacting and communicating with our program. The MSU MPAS program is not obligated to respond to communication that is dishonest, threatening, argumentative, or offensive. Unprofessional interaction with program staff and/or faculty will be taken into consideration during application review.

All requested materials must be verified by the August 1 deadline to be considered. Please review the CASPA website carefully for the definition of VERIFIED.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the progress of their CASPA application on the CASPA website.

Questions completing the CASPA application should be directed to CASPA.

The CASPA application includes the following components:

  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores through CASPA using the MSU MPAS PA program’s specific code.
  • Successfully complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Exam results must not be older than 5 years. All applicants seeking admission to the MSU MPAS Program must register for and take the Graduate Record Examination General Test. The web site for the GRE General Test is When filling out the application, you will be asked for an Institutional Code. The institutional code for MSU CASPA is code is 4339 Mississippi State University-Meridian. Your official GRE scores must be sent directly to CASPA.
  • Candidates should take the GRE before February and send scores at least 2 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure scores are received by August 1.
  • For additional information regarding the GRE, please visit the ETS-GRE website.
  • Official transcripts from all post-high school course work.
  • Three letters of reference.
    • At least one must be from a PA. Other appropriate references include professors or employers.
    • None should be from family members or friends.
  • Record of hands-on patient care experience.
    • A minimum of 80 patient care hours is required for admittance into our Program; however, successful applicants average over 2,000 hours of patient care experience upon entering the Program.
    • We accept hands-on patient care experience hours received by shadowing, volunteering, or work experience.