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International Applicants

UT Southwestern is a dynamic and diverse learning community. We welcome hundreds of students from around the world each year. As you prepare to apply to our Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program, here are some important tips to remember.

Academic Prerequisites

All candidates are required to complete all of the admission requirements, including the GRE, even if you have earned a medical degree in another country.

Foreign Coursework

According to 19 Texas Administrative Code § 5.7, academic work taken at foreign colleges, universities, or preparatory schools shall be excluded from the calculation of the GPA for students seeking admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate professional school.

Undergraduate foreign coursework that appears as transfer credit on the transcript of a regionally accredited U.S. college will count. Each individual transfer course credit granted by the U.S. school must be listed on the transcript. Lump sum credit with no specific course and hour identification will not be accepted. Foreign coursework will not count toward satisfying any of the required courses listed in the requirements section.

Required Courses and Prerequisites

  • Required courses must be taken at a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. Transfer credit from a school outside the U.S. or Canada will not apply to the required courses and a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution is required.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete all prerequisites prior to matriculating into the physician assistant program.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If English is not your native language, we need to know that you speak it well enough to perform effectively as a student. Please send your TOEFL score to the Office of the Registrar before the application deadline. We require a minimum score of 100 on the iBt or paper version of the exam.

If your TOEFL score is more than two years old, we may ask you to take the test again. Our TOEFL school code is 6686.

Visas and Immigration

UT Southwestern’s International Affairs Office has a host of resources for international students and can provide additional information about visas and immigration.


International students also may need to meet special requirements before they can be licensed as physician assistants in the State of Texas. Check with the Texas Medical Board for more details.