Important Dates

Further information will be posted after the granting of Accreditation-Provisional status by the ARC-PA.

*Mississippi State University-Meridian has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mississippi State University-Meridian anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2020 ARC-PA meeting.

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.

The program will not commence in the event Accreditation-Provisional is not granted.

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

Proposed Admissions Timeline

April 2020

2020 CASPA application cycle opens.

August 1, 2020

Application deadline. All CASPA applications must be submitted and VERIFIED by 10:59 p.m. CST (11:59 p.m. EST)

  1. Applicants must take and submit GRE score.
  2. Applicants must have acquired a minimum of 80 hours of healthcare relevant experience.
  3. Pay all application fees: CASPA application fee
  4. All applications must be verified by CASPA. Review CASPA definition of VERIFIED.

Mid-August to September, 2020

Applications under review by MSU MPAS Program Admissions Committee, and interviews will be conducted. Interviews are by invitation only.

In-person interviews are conducted by the Admissions Committee at the MSU-Meridian campus. Interviewees are typicaly held on Mondays and Fridays in September.

October, 2020
(Date is approximate and subject to change

Applicants will be notified of a decision regarding their application by Admissions Committee. 

January, 2021

MSU MPAS Orientation and courses begin.