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 2020, pending achievement of Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2019 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 2019

2019 CASPA application cycle opens.

August 1, 2019

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, 2019

Applications under review by MSU MPAS Program Admission Committee.

October, 2019
Date is approximate and subject to change

Applicants will be notified of a decision regarding their application by Admission Committee. Highly qualified applicants will be invited for a MSU MPAS program admission interview.

In-person interviews are conducted by the Admission Committee at the MSU-Meridian campus. Interviewees will be notified of acceptance to the MSU MPAS Program via email in late October

January, 2020

MSU MPAS Orientation and courses begin.