Important Dates

*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 (

Proposed Admissions Timeline

April 2021

2021 CASPA application cycle opens.

August 1, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021
(Date is approximate and subject to change

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

January, 2022

MSU MPAS Orientation and courses begin.