Admissions Process

The following application materials are required as part of the admissions process.  Please refer to the Admissions Timeline page for details regarding notification timeframes for the different types of admissions decisions.

Step 1: Complete CASPA Application

a. The Stanford University Master of Science Degree in PA Studies Program uses the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) to receive applications.

The application window for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle will open in late April 2019 and close on August 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time / 10:59 p.m. Central Time / 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Please be advised that applications must be in "Complete" or "Verified" status in CASPA by the deadline in order to be considered.  This can take a few days from the time of submission.  For this reason, we strongly recommend that you submit your application several days ahead of the deadline.  For more information on CASPA statuses, please click here.

b. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

The Stanford MSPA program requires that you have GRE scores in order for your application to be considered.  Please self-report your GRE scores in CASPA when submitting your application.  If you take or retake your GRE after submitting your application, wait until your application is in "Verified" status and then go back into CASPA and make the update.

Please be advised that you will NOT need to send your official GRE scores to us until your interview.   

Please note that GRE scores are only valid for five years. 


Step 2: Take CASPer Test

All complete applications will be reviewed for consideration to progress to the next step in the admissions process, which is to take the CASPer online situational judgment test.  Requests for selected applicants to take the test will be sent via e-mail on a rolling basis. 

CASPer results are not examined prior to this step in the process, so there is no advantage to be gained by taking the test at an earlier point in time (e.g. before applying).  More information on CASPer can be found at

Step 3: Interviews

All complete applications with complete CASPer results will be reviewed for consideration for an interview.  Invitations will be sent via e-mail on a rolling basis.  Interviews for the 2019-2020 application cycle are expected to take place in fall 2019.  

Step 4: Acceptance

Students are accepted on a rolling basis.  All offers of admission are made by the Office of PA Admissions.  A non-refundable seat deposit of $1,000 is required at the time an applicant accepts a position in the class.  This deposit will be applied toward the applicant's first-quarter tuition.


Deferral of Matriculation

Accepted applicants may petition in writing for deferral of matriculation.  Deferrals may be approved for up to one year for reasons related to the personal and professional circumstances of the admitted applicant and the furtherance of his/her educational plans.  The request for deferral should provide an appropriate degree of detail. Deferrals are granted at the discretion of the Office of PA Admissions.