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Admission Requirements

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.

Prerequisites Coursework:

  • 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:

Admission Considerations:

  • Non-native English speakers who have not completed a bachelor’s degree in the United States, 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 a member agency of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The GRE is not waived for any candidate.
  • International students who have completed a degree outside the United States are required to complete all prerequisite coursework at an accredited institution in the U.S. in order to be eligible for admission.

Academic Performance

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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

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.

Healthcare Experience

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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:
Patrick McDermott
Director of Graduate Admissions
School of Health and Medical Sciences
(973) 275-2062

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage »

Qualified students are admitted without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, natural origin, sexual orientation, ancestry or gender.

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