Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Prepare for a rewarding medical career in patient care

Physician assistants play a vital role in our health care system. Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will prepare you to provide patient care in a variety of medical environments, helping to improve access to and quality of care.

You’ll have most of the same responsibilities that a medical doctor does. Your daily activities may include:

  • Conducting exams
  • Diagnosing and treating illness
  • Ordering and interpreting tests
  • Prescribing medication
  • Counseling patients on preventive care
  • Performing medical procedures and assisting in surgery
  • Making rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
  • Conducting clinical research

#3Best Healthcare Jobs, U.S. News & World Report

#5fastest growing job in America, Bureau of Labor Statistics

$104,860median pay in 2017, Bureau of Labor Statistics

What you’ll learn

Physician assistants have to be ready for anything—and our program ensures you will be.

Our 27-month/seven-semester program is based on medical school curriculum and includes classroom education and extensive clinical training. Our focus is on preparing you to provide care in underserved and urban communities—places where quality health care is badly needed and currently lacking. You’ll graduate ready to take on any challenge and make a difference in the lives of people who need you most.

Your studies will cover six broad areas:

  • Didactic coursework (fundamental science and medical knowledge)
  • Clinical skills (including communication, patient interview and physical exam techniques, critical thinking, and clinical procedures)
  • Professionalism
  • Inter-professional collaborative education and work environments
  • Cultural awareness
  • Clinical rotations in urban/rural community-based practice settings as well as rotations in large, university-affiliated academic medical centers

Cost and finances


Indiana Resident

Non Resident

Tuition Total

Estimated tuition for the combined fall, spring, and summer I & II sessions


$533.57/credit hour

111 credit hours


$769.50/credit hour

111 credit hours

Breakdown per semester

Summer  (year one)

 $    4,268.56

 $    6,156.00

Fall Semester (year one)

 $    9,070.69

 $  13,081.50

Spring Semester (year one)

 $    8,003.55

 $  11,542.50

Summer Session (year two)

 $    4,268.56

 $    6,156.00

Fall Semester (year two)

 $    8,003.55

 $  11,542.50

Spring Semester (year two)

 $    5,335.70

 $    7,695.00

Summer Session (year two)

 $    4,802.13

 $    6,925.50

IUPUI has not released fee information for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This information will be updated when 2018-2019 fees are announced.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Indiana University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.