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 unequalled academic and clinical training in a challenging, collegial atmosphere, and we invite you to apply.

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 October 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.

After you submit your application, please send these items to CASPA:

  • Three letters of recommendation from health care professionals you’ve worked with, professors, employers, community leaders, and other people who know you and your abilities
  • Original transcripts from all of the colleges you’ve attended

Please mail these items to the Registrar's Office:

  • Your official GRE scores by October 1. (Scores are acceptable within five years of taking the exam.) Our GRE school code is 6686.
  • Transcripts by February 1 for any prerequisite courses you completed in the fall semester
  • TOEFL scores if you’re an international student
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Important Dates

The application deadline is midnight EST on October 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.

Our Admissions Committee reviews applications after we receive them. You can call us at 214-648-1701 to find out where we are in the process.

If you’re completing prerequisite courses in the Fall semester, we need to receive transcripts for those courses by February 1. The new class each year begins its studies in late May.

Interviews

After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee narrows the group of candidates and invites approximately 100 to visit campus between September and January for in-person interviews. The interview schedule is full of activities.

The evening before features a “meet and greet” event with faculty and current students. 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, and be our guest for a box lunch and financial aid presentation.

Decisions

After the interviews, our Admissions Committee continues to review applications and notifies members and alternates for the incoming class.

As You Apply

Each year, we receive nearly 1,000 completed applications for 40 class positions. As you prepare your application, your goal is to demonstrate an unshakable work ethic, a strong desire to become a physician assistant, and the life, work, and academic experience to handle a demanding curriculum.

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 recommended 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

Dean’s Scholarship

Each year, the department/program will provide a non-renewable $1,000 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 award to students from a disadvantaged background* who are pursuing a career in the health professions. More information on this scholarship will be provided to those students accepted for admission into a health professions program.

 *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.