Admissions

We’re very glad you’re considering UT Southwestern’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, one of the top-ranked PA programs in the nation. Here you’ll find excellent academic and clinical training in a challenging, collegial atmosphere, and we invite you to apply.

Physician Assistant graduate
Physician Assistant graduate Megan McKown is congratulated by UT Southwestern President Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.

Beginning the Application Process

The first step in applying is to complete the CASPA online application by September 1. CASPA is a web-based application system sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association that enables you to apply for multiple PA programs with a single application. We encourage you to apply for several programs to increase your chances of being admitted.

The cost to apply ranges from $175 for one program to $355 for five programs. You’ll find complete details at caspaonline.

At the time of application, the following items must be sent to the UTSW Registrar's Office:

  • Your official GRE scores must be received by September 1. (Scores are acceptable within five years of taking the exam.) Our GRE school code is 6686.
  • Transcripts must be received by February 1 for any prerequisite courses you completed in the fall semester
  • TOEFL scores if you’re an international student
Cryosurgery class
Cryosurgery instruction by PAS Program Director Eugene Jones, Ph.D., is a favorite.

Important Dates

The application deadline is midnight EST on September 1, but we encourage you to apply early if all of your materials are ready. We’re not able to review applications that arrive late or are incomplete, so be sure to apply on time.

  • September 1
    • Application deadline midnight EST
    • GRE scores due to UTSW
    • All prerequisite courses must be completed by the date the application is submitted

Interviews

After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee  invites approximately 180 to visit campus between September and January for in-person interviews.

The evening before features a “meet and greet” event with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The next day, you’ll participate in 10 seven-minute mini-interviews on a range of topics. You’ll also meet with current students, take a campus tour, have lunch, and a financial aid presentation.

Decisions

After the interviews, our Admissions Committee conducts a final review and will notify candidates of their decision.

Non-Texas Resident Admissions: According to the 2014 Texas General Appropriations Act, Section 13, Limitation of Non-resident Enrollment in Certain State-supported Professional Schools, none of the funds appropriated by this Act may be expended for the operation of any state supported medical, dental, or law school which admits non-residents of the State of Texas in a number greater than 10 percent of the class of which such non-residents are a part. As a result, non-Texas resident enrollment within the PA Program will consist of no greater than 10 percent. 

As You Apply

Each year, we receive a large number of completed applications for a limited number of class positions.

The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:

  • Quality and quantity of academic preparation; the typical candidate has earned a bachelor’s degree with more than 50 hours of science courses, with a science and overall required grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Hands-on patient care experience
  • Evidence of service and leadership, including awards and honors
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic letters of reference
  • A mature, insightful essay

Because we value diversity in each class, be sure to tell us if you:

  • Speak more than one language.
  • Come from a rural or medically underserved area.
  • Are the first person in your family to attend college.
  • Come from a disadvantaged background.
  • Have rare talents or accomplishments.

Here are the key attributes we seek in our students:

  • Accountability
  • Altruism
  • Aptitude
  • Attitude
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Flexibility
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Maturity
  • Professionalism
  • Reliability
  • Respectfulness
  • Responsibility
  • Sensitivity
  • Tactfulness
  • Tolerance
  • Work ethic
  • Self Awareness

School of Health Professions Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

Each year, the department/program will provide a non-renewable $1,500 scholarship to two incoming students. The purpose of this scholarship is to diversify the enrollment of the School of Health Professions by providing a financial incentive to students from disadvantaged backgrounds* who are offered admission to the Physician Assistant Studies program. More information on this scholarship will be provided during the application and admissions process. 

 *From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.

 Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.