Interview Process and Program Acceptance

“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"

Fees for the CASPA application and associated transcript verification, the GRE exam, and/or any expenditures associated with the application and interview process with the MSU program will not be refunded.

Only VERIFIED applications will be reviewed for consideration for an interview. Please review the CASPA website carefully for the definition of VERIFIED.

Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by September 1, 2021. Applicant interviews for the proposed class entering in 2022 will follow.

Due to growing concerns over rising cases with the Delta Variant of COVID 19, all interviews will be conducted virtually. If you apply to the Program for this admissions cycle, please leave all Mondays and Fridays in September open in the event you are selected for an interview.

Applicants who are interviewed and then invited to join the Program will receive a letter of conditional acceptance from the Program. Conditional acceptance is predicated on the program receiving Accreditation-Provisional status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Program classes will begin in January (Spring Semester) each year.      

Information regarding the admission process will be emailed to those applicants designated as conditionally accepted into the first cohort of the MSU MPAS Program.

Course registration information will be emailed to accepted students prior to Orientation Week.