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) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Stanford MSPA program requires that you have either GRE or MCAT scores in order for your application to be considered.  Please self-report your scores in CASPA when submitting your application.  If you would like to also send official scores, our ETS code for GRE scores in CASPA is 4510.  If you take or retake your exam after submitting your application, wait until your application is in "Verified" status and then go back into CASPA and make the update.  However, please ensure that your scores have been entered by the application deadline.

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


Step 2: Take CASPer Test

All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for initial consideration (Phase 1).  Approximately 60-80% of applicants are typically selected to move on to Phase 2. Phase 2 includes a review by a second member of the Admissions Committee. Once an applicant is selected to move to Phase 2, they will also be invited via email to take the CASPer online situational judgment test.  

CASPer results are not examined prior to the Phase 2 review, so there is no advantage to be gained by taking the test at an earlier point in time (e.g. before applying).   You complete the CASPer test on a computer and location of your choice and it takes approximately 90 minutes. More information on CASPer can be found at


CASPer Testing Dates for the 2019-2020 Admission Cycle

  • May 14, 2019, 8 pm
  • June 2, 2019, 2 pm
  • June 13, 2019, 8 pm
  • June 25 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm
  • July 7, 2019, 2 pm, 5 pm
  • July 18, 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm
  • July 30, 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm
  • August 20, 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm
  • September 8, 2019, 2 pm, 5 pm
  • September 26, 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm
  • October 23, 2019, 5 pm, 8 pm


Please make sure to register for the test at least three days before your preferred test date and time. Last minute bookings are not recommended and not guaranteed.

There is a small fee associated with the CASPer test.  If the cost is a financial burden and prohibits you from taking the test, please reach out to our admissions team.

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.