Admissions

COVID-19 UPDATE

updated April 6, 2020

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are making the following changes to our admissions process for the 2020-2021 application cycle:

  1. We have extended our application deadline to September 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Applications must be in complete and verified CASPA status by the deadline in order to be eligible for review.
  2. For standardized testing, we recognize that many tests have been cancelled or rescheduled. We will continue to recommend that applicants complete the GRE, MCAT, or PA-CAT, and will continue to accept scores from tests completed either in person or at home. However, we are no longer requiring completion of the GRE, MCAT, or PA-CAT in order for applications to be eligible for review.
  3. For clinical experience, volunteer experience, research experience, and shadowing experience, we recognize that most applicants are unable to complete in-person hours right now. We will use discretion during the review process to take this into account; however, our existing recommendations for preparatory experience will remain in place. Please note that as always, our preparatory experience recommendations are not required, and we will review all applications regardless of prior experience.
  4. For preparatory coursework, we recognize that most institutions have moved to online learning for the foreseeable future; many have also transitioned to a "pass/fail" or "credit/no credit" grading system. We will use discretion during the review process to take this into account; however, our existing recommendations for preparatory coursework will remain in place. Please note that as always, our preparatory coursework recommendations are not required, and we will review all eligible applications regardless of prior coursework. 
  5. For letters of recommendation, we will continue to recommend that applicants submit letters from at least three recommenders. However, we are no longer requiring three letters of recommendation in order for applications to be eligible for review.

We will continue to monitor the situation and announce any updates on our website. If you have specific questions, please contact our admissions office at paadmissions@stanford.edu.

We strive to admit students who align with our mission and goals and who have a record of academic excellence, strong critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills, and potential as future PA leaders. We are proud to have a robust and holistic admissions process that welcomes applicants with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds. 

Our admissions committee reviews all eligible applications on the basis of several key elements, including academic performance; depth and breadth of healthcare experience; research and scholarly contributions; volunteer work and community service, particularly in underserved healthcare communities; and contributions to program diversity, including personal characteristics and life experiences. Preference is given to applicants who align with the program's mission and goals.


MSPA Student Entry Characteristics


Undergraduate & Youth Opportunities

The School of Medicine sponsors a number of programs to introduce undergraduate and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to careers in medicine and basic science research.