The Master of Science in Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.) program welcomes your application and questions about the admissions process. The M.S.P.A. program is rigorous, and the admissions process is extremely selective.
- December 15 is the deadline for application to the M.S.P.A. program.
- Applications are accepted online beginning June 15.
- Students with incomplete prerequisites, detailed here, may apply, but they must state how they will satisfy the prerequisites by June 1st prior to the start of the program. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of enrollment in any outstanding prerequisite courses.
- Additional admission requirements are detailed below.
How to Apply:
- Complete the online application for graduate admission to Seton Hall University, selecting "Graduate Program Applicant" - "School of Health and Medical Sciences" - "M.S." - "M.S. in Physician Assistant" within the appropriate drop-down menus when prompted.
- Note: Seton Hall University does not participate in CASPA.
- If you are applying for undergraduate admission to the Dual Degree Program in Biology/Physician Assistant (Accelerated B.S. + M.S.P.A.), visit admissions.shu.edu.
- Download and complete the Supplemental Admissions Documents required for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program.
- In choosing candidates for acceptance, the M.S.P.A. Admissions Committee weighs:
- Academic performance
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Healthcare experience
- Letters of recommendation
- Non-native English speakers must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores documenting a paper-based score of 550 or above, a computer-based score of 213 or above, or an internet-based score of 79 or above. All international transcripts must be evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services, Inc. ( www.wes.org).
- Note that special admission consideration is given to students enrolled in the
dual degree program at Seton Hall University.
Application to the program is open to those who:
- possess a baccalaureate degree* from an accredited institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater.
- meet the following prerequisite course requirements:
- 3.2 GPA in these prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a "C";
- completed the prerequisites at an accredited institution within 10 years prior to admission to the Seton Hall M.S.P.A. program; and
- completed the required laboratory components of prerequisites as indicated.
*Individuals who have not received a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree may want to consider applying to the undergraduate-to-graduate dual degree program in Biology and Physician Assistant (B.S. + M.S.P.A.). Please consult the Undergraduate Catalogue for more information about this program, which originates in the Department of Biological Sciences.
The GRE is required of all applicants. While the program does not use a strict cutoff score, most competitive applicants will have scores at or above the 50th percentile in each test area.
Complete a minimum of 100 hours observing or participating in the delivery of healthcare in a clinical environment.
- Can be a paid or volunteer experience.
- Priority consideration is given to experiences where the applicant has assumed responsibility for patient care.
Examples of ways to meet the Healthcare Experience requirement include:
- shadowing a PA or physician in an office or hospital;
- volunteering or working as an emergency medical technician (EMT);
- working as a nurse, nurse's aide, respiratory therapist, paramedic, athletic trainer or other healthcare provider; or
- volunteering in a healthcare facility.
Applicants are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation from sources able to attest to the applicant's academic ability and character. It is recommended that letters be obtained from course instructors and clinical supervisors. Letters from family members and casual acquaintances are not acceptable.
Additional Information Regarding Admissions and Acceptance
Applicants being considered for admission may be invited to campus for an interview. Meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee that an applicant will be invited for an interview. The interview is used to assess an applicant's knowledge of the physician assistant profession, his or her motivation for becoming a physician assistant and his or her communication and interpersonal skills.
Advanced Standing and Transfer Students
Regardless of previous educational or work experience, all students are required to complete the entire M.S.P.A. curriculum. No advanced placement, transfer credit or credit for experiential learning will be granted.
Employment During the Academic Year
Training to become a physician assistant demands a full-time commitment. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, it is recommended that students not engage in outside employment. If a student chooses to work during the academic year, the work schedule must not interfere with class performance or clinical rotation schedules.
Standards of Essential Functions of the M.S.P.A. Program
All students must read, sign, understand and meet the Standards of Essential Functions of the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the M.S.P.A. program. Candidates will have the option to electronically sign the Essential Functions on the application. Submitting a physical copy is not necessary.
M.S.P.A. Admissions Questions:
Director of Graduate Admissions
School of Health and Medical Sciences
Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.