Admission Requirements

  • Preference is given to Mississippi residents, in keeping with the program’s Mission and Vision.​
  • Proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States college or University by the time of matriculation.
  • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA and Minimum 3.0 Science GPA on a 4.0 scale as determined by CASPA is required.
  • Successfully complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All applicants seeking admission to the MSU MPAS Program must register for and take the Graduate Record Examination General Test. The website 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.
    • Minimum GRE scores:
      The Program does not require a set GRE score. Scores are used as part of a wholistic admissions review process.
    • GRE prep guide

  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through CASPA only.
  • The program accepts credit by examination for prerequisites as defined as acceptable by Mississippi State University's credit by examination guidelines.
  • The MSU MPAS Program does not grant advanced standing for prior completion of PA program courses or like courses completed at other schools, experiences in the medical field, and other degrees earned in medicine or other health-related fields.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Letters of recommendation must be sent through the CASPA portal only and must not be from family members.
    • Letters of recommendation should come from current and/or former professors, current and/or former employers; and one (1) must be from a PA.
  • A minimum of eighty (80) hours of documented healthcare experience is required; more hours are highly recommended.
  • 20 hours of shadowing experience with a medical provider (DO, MD, PA)*

* During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the program will take into consideration the difficulty of finding shadowing experiences. The program highly recommends gaining as much shadowing experience as available. We will accept documented virtual shadowing experiences.

  • Current CPR Certification (American Heart Association) or higher. This certification must be maintained throughout matriculation if accepted.
  • Applicants considered potential applicants MUST visit MSU-Meridian to participate in an on-campus interview. Invitation to interview does not imply acceptance to the program.
  • An interview is required for consideration of admission into the program. Competitive applicants will be offered an interview. If offered an interview, you will be notified in writing what interview days are available. The potential to achieve a career as a PA will weigh strongly in the admission decision. Interviewed applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview. Interviewed applicants will be listed as accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted, or denied.
  • All students are required to demonstrate proficiency of English when applying to MSU.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed at regionally accredited U.S. 2 or 4-year colleges or universities.
  • The applicant must be able to master the Technical Standards (see Technical Standards this website) prior to and throughout the entire program.
  • Mississippi State University-Meridian details the Technical Standards needed by all students. 
  • The MSU MPAS Program does not apply transfer credit from other programs, or offer part-time enrollment.
  • We recommend all prerequisite coursework be completed within the past 10 years.
  • ALL science courses must be for science majors and have a science prefix.
  • Please note that our prerequisite courses are required of all applicants, regardless of previous academic preparation or experience.
  • Courses with grades of "C Minus" are not acceptable. 
  • A single course cannot be used to satisfy multiple prerequisites.
  • The MSU MPAS Admissions Committee holds final approval of all prerequisite coursework submitted for consideration.


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 (