How to Apply



How to Apply

Each fall, a new cohort of students enters the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program after a selective, competitive admissions process.  Applications are accepted through September 1 to begin the MPAS the following fall. Full details on admissions requirements, application procedures and other details are listed below.

St. Catherine University seeks PA students who:

  • Have the will and the vision to make a difference in the world.
  • Believe that healthcare is a combination of art, science, compassion and teamwork; it's more than just making the right diagnosis or prescribing the right medication.
  • Have the intellectual capacity to master learning a highly challenging body of knowledge and skills and the drive and dedication to be a lifelong learner.
  • Meet all technical standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Want to be part of a dynamic, professional healthcare team.
  • Have the flexibility to learn and work in a wide range of environments addressing a variety of healthcare needs for people of diverse cultural, age and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Fall 2015 admission facts

Number of Applicants: 334
Class Size: 32
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Overall undergraduate GPA: 3.53
Undergraduate prerequisite course GPA: 3.50
GRE Verbal: 156
GRE Quantitative: 155
GRE Analytical Writing: 4.0

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree. A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University and who meet the admission criteria are given priority in the selection process.
  • GPA. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prerequisite course work. Prerequisite course work must be completed with a grade of C or above (pass/fail or S/U grading is not acceptable), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Technical standards

All students must meet the technical standards set forth by the MPAS program.

Healthcare experience

Patient care and related experiences provide familiarity with the healthcare setting, build medical communication skills, ensure that the PA career is a good fit and enables the student to relate course material to real life practice. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 250 hours in a health, wellness or patient care setting. (A successful applicant will typically have over 500 hours). This may be sought through volunteering or paid employment. Applicants are not required to shadow a physician or a PA for this time. However, they will need to clearly articulate their understanding and desire to pursue a career as a physician assistant.

Application process

The application deadline is September 1 for enrollment in the fall of the following year. To be considered for admission, all items listed below must be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process at least one month prior to the deadline. Please note that CASPA needs 3-4 weeks to complete their verification process before releasing your completed application to St. Catherine University.

Submit an application through CASPA. Applications for the MPAS program are submitted through the Physician Assistant Centralized Application Service (CASPA). The following application materials must be submitted directly to CASPA:

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts submitted to St. Catherine University as part of a previous application cannot be used to complete the CASPA process. All official transcripts must be submitted directly to CASPA, including an official transcript from St. Catherine for applicants who were previously enrolled here.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted to CASPA directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. St. Catherine University has multiple codes on the GRE institutional list. When selecting where to send your GRE scores, use the code 0431 to have your scores sent directly to CASPA.
  • Two recommendations. At least one recommendation should be from a healthcare provider; the other can be from a professor or employer. Please review instructions in CASPA regarding recommendation submissions.

 Access the CASPA application materials and instructions.

Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). Official evaluation results must be reported in CASPA. If admitted into the MPAS program, an official evaluation must also be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from WES.

TOEFL Scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT.  This requirement is waived for students who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States. Candidates must report official TOEFL scores in CASPA. If admitted into the MPAS program, official test scores must also be submitted to St. Catherine University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

International Applicants

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the MPAS program application. The International Student Supplement should be submitted to St. Catherine University; there is no additional application fee.

Selection process and next steps

Each application that has been completed by the deadline and verified by CASPA will be considered. Selected qualified applicants will be contacted for a personal interview in late October/early November with the MPAS Admission Committee, which evaluates the applicant's background, qualifications and potential. Fulfillment of the MPAS admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.