Application 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 GP and Minimum 3.0 Science GPA on a 4.0 scale as determined by CASPA is required.
  • 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.
    • Minimum GRE scores:
      The Program requires applicants have a minimum score of 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative, and 3.5 on the analytical writing components of the GRE General Test to be competitive with others in the overall applicant pool. 
    • GRE prep guide
  • The CASPer Test-Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
    • You must take this test before you will be invited for an interview. All applicants to the Mississippi State University PA Program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. The applicant is responsible for the cost. The cost is $10 to take the test and an additional $10 to have the test results dispersed to each PA Program that requires this test.
    • CASPer is an online test, which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
    • In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to complete CASPer online. 
      Please go to to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your CASPA application ID number and a government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Register for the test at least 3 days prior to your intended testing date. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
    • Please direct any inquiries regarding the test to
    • The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time constraint. The test typically takes 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
    • CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years re-take it.

*The CASPer test is required for application to the MSU PA Program.
For our Application cycle, there are LIMITED testing dates.
Please note the following dates and schedule your CASPer test accordingly

May 14, 2019 8 PM
June 2, 2019 2 PM
June 13, 2019 8 PM
June 25, 2019 5 PM; 8 PM
July 7, 2019 2 PM; 5 PM
July 18, 2019 5 PM; 8 PM


  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended must be submitted through CASPA only.
  • 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.
  • Current CPR Certification 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. Applicants must take the CASPer test before they will be invited for an interview (see above). 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. While admission decisions do not take disabilities into consideration, nor are applicants invited to disclose a disability, all persons interested in entering a health profession education program should be aware of minimum abilities required for success.
  • Upon admission, a student who discloses a disability (with certification) is assured of reasonable accommodations. MSU has policies regarding the type of documentation required to document a disability and request accommodations. PA students seeking accommodation, please go to the University’s ADA web site.
  • The MSU MPAS Program does not accept transfer students or offer part-time enrollment.
  • Survey courses, CLEP credit, and other courses for which credit was awarded by examination only are not acceptable toward any of the prerequisite courses.
  • Combined Anatomy and Physiology courses are accepted; however, an applicant must take Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs to fulfill the separate Anatomy and Physiology requirements.
  • All prerequisite coursework MUST be completed within the past 10 years.
  • There will be no waivers or exceptions to the requirements.
  • ALL science courses must be for science majors and have a science prefix.
  • AP credits are not accepted for prerequisite courses.
  • Please note that our prerequisite courses are required of all applicants, regardless of previous academic preparation or experience.
  • Courses with grades of "C-" are not acceptable. 
  • A single course cannot be used to satisfy multiple prerequisites.
  • The MSU MPAS Admissions Committee holds final approval of all prerequisite course work submitted for consideration.