Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, you will need:

If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the program must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form. This form will need a signature from an advisor or a school official and uploaded to CASPA.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale for all coursework.  

  • Overall science GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale for all science coursework.  This will include all courses in biology/zoology, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and other sciences.  For a list of course subjects included in other sciences, click HERE.

  • All undergraduate and graduate coursework is included in the cumulative grade point average.
  • All GPAs will be calculated by CASPA.
The outstanding prerequisite must be completed before the program start date in May.  Record all prerequisite coursework on the Prerequisite Course Completion Form and submit in CASPA in the Documents section.
If you choose to submit a GRE score, submit to CASPA using code 3752.
Completion of a minimum 10 hours of shadowing a licensed, practicing PA.
  • The program requires patient contact hours though there are no minimum hour requirements. 
  • These hours may be paid, volunteer, or shadowing experiences.  The purpose of accruing patient contact hours is to ensure the applicant has adequate exposure to the healthcare system, patients, and the role of a PA. 
  • Each applicant’s patient care experiences will be individually evaluated on the variety and quality of the experiences and the cumulative patient care hours obtained. 
  • Pre-approval for patient care hours will not be provided as all patient care hours will be considered.
  • Record all patient care experiences in the CASPA application in the Experiences section.
Only letters submitted in CASPA will be accepted.
 Submitted via the CASPA application.
The IU Graduate/Professional Application must be completed by the Application Deadline of August 1st.

This means all application materials submitted to CASPA have been received and documented by CASPA.

Priority consideration for admission interviews will be given to applications in
“Verified” status before the August 1st application deadline.  All application documents must be received and verified in CASPA before an application is reviewed.  

Invited candidates will participate in an in-person admission interview on the IUPUI
Campus on either September 28 or September 29, 2020.

International Students

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation for all foreign coursework.  Approved evaluations services include:

  • International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
    P.O. Box 3665
    Culver City, CA 90231-3665
    Phone: 310-258-9451
  • Josef Silny & Associates
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33173
    Phone: 305-273-1616
  • World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    PO Box 745
    New York, NY 10113-0745
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    World Education Services
In addition to the program requirements, International applicants must meet additional requirements as determined by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Please note:

  • Applicants must submit materials to CASPA several weeks in advance of this date in order to be considered ‘complete’ by the August 1st deadline.  
  • Applications which are not in ‘complete’ status or which are submitted after the August 1st will not be reviewed.
  • Applicants who previously matriculated in any physician assistant program in the United States are not eligible for admissions into the MPAS Program at IUPUI. No program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school.

The program utilizes a holistic admissions process. The most competitive applicants will likely be those that surpassed the minimum academic requirements, have a clear understanding of the PA profession, demonstrate professionalism, leadership, community service, and are a good match to the program vision, mission, and values. For more information on the program vision, mission, and values go to the Physician Assistant Studies Department page.  Completed applications in "verified" status will be reviewed as received. 

Priority consideration for admission interviews will be given to applications in
“Verified” status before the August 1st application deadline.  
All application documents must be received and verified in CASPA before an application is reviewed.  


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.

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for Admission and Retention

The Indiana University Physician Assistant Program faculty has specified the following non-academic criteria ("Technical Standards") which all applicants/physician assistant students are expected to meet in order to participate in the IU Physician Assistant Program and the practice of medicine.


The applicant/physician assistant student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Such observation and information acquisition usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory and somatic sensation.
The applicant/physician assistant student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health-care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
The applicant/physician assistant student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers, be able to perform basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
The applicant/physician assistant student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of physician assistants, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/physician assistant student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. The applicant/physician assistant student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
The applicant/physician assistant student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others. Applicants/physician assistant students must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which each applicant/physician assistant student should possess.

*Adapted from the Indiana University School of Medicine Technical Non-Academic Standards


Additional Information

  • A background screening will be required if you are accepted into the Program.

  • Applicants who previously matriculated in any physician assistant program in the United States are not eligible for admissions into the IU MPAS program.
  • Personal feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants.

Are you ready to apply?

All items are due by the August 1st deadline.

  1. Apply to IUPUI using the graduate online application and pay the $70 application fee. 
  1. Complete the CASPA Application. Your CASPA application must be in “Complete” status by the application deadline.
    • Initial Program Designation: $177
    • Each Additional Program: $51
  2. Your personal statement should be submitted in the Personal Statement” section of your CASPA application. 
  3. Written response to supplemental essay prompt in Questions section in CASPA
  4. Record all patient care and shadowing experiences in the “Experiences” section in CASPA.  Other experiences listed in this section will be reviewed, as well.
  5. Prerequisite Course Completion Form: Download, enter information, save the document, then submit it with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
  6. If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree you will need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form and submit with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
  7. GRE scores are optional and should be recorded in your CASPA application.