Admission Criteria

Application to the UDM PA program is a competitive process and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. See FAQs for more information on how to compile a competitive application.

Admission requirements for the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies include:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a U. S. regionally accredited college or university (or the equivalency of a U.S. bachelor's degree as documented by a foreign transcript evaluation service) and a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for the application cycle for admission for fall of 2016.
  2. Submission of all official transcripts for college/university education to CASPA.
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination, General aptitude scores for the most recent exam taken. (Minimum total score 900 if taken before August 2011 and minimum total score of 291 for exams taken after August 1, 2011) These scores must be received by CASPA directly from the Educational Testing Corp by the admission deadline. When sending these scores, you will need the University of Detroit Mercy's PA Program code: GI 0509. A completed/conferred Master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum earned cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 may be used in lieu of the GRE.
  4. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade 3.0/4.0 or better for the fall of 2016 application cycle and within the six (6) years prior to application (January 2010 or after). All prerequisite coursework must be completed and documented by the deadline date of January 15th.(click on the Prerequisites link for a full discussion)
  5. Evidence of problem solving ability and communication skills as well as understanding of and commitment to the PA role, as demonstrated on the PA application and in candidate interviews.
  6. One thousand (1,000) hours of health care or helping care experience  with increasing levels of responsibility, leadership and evidence of community service. Must be complete by application deadline of January 15th.
  7. Professional recommendations (from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's work, not someone "shadowed"), if possible, at least one from a practicing physician assistant or a physician familiar with the role and responsibilities of the physician assistant. Submitted to CASPA.
  8. A personal interview with the members of the Physician Assistant Graduate Admissions Committee. Personal interviews are by invitation and the class is selected only from among those interviewed.

The CASPA application must be completed by January 15. The UDM supplemental application must be completed by January 15 and beginning the application cycle for fall of 2016 must be completed through CASPA. 
Both must be complete and on time to be considered for regular admission to the program.

UDM undergraduates, applicants from under-served communities and underrepresented minorities in the profession may be given additional consideration in the application process.

Questions about the application process? See the Frequently Asked Questions link.

International Student/Education: We will be updating the criteria for foreign graduate application.  This information will be available with the new cycle which opens May 1, 2015. If you are a permanent resident/U.S. citizen, apply through CASPA and complete the supplemental application as above.

Non-US Residents: Complete your CASPA application by the deadline.

If you are an international student seeking a student visa to study at UDM, you must complete a UDM International Physician Assistant Application. (see below) AND a CASPA application. 
Once you are admitted to the Physician Assistant Program or if you have questions about immigration matters, please contact Steven Coddington, Assistant Director of Admissions, Office of International Admissions for further direction (1-313-993-3310 or
To complete the PA Program international application, select International CASPA Physician Assistant on the Select Application page. If you have questions about completing the International Application please email Claudia Rowland at Go to the International Services Office at UDM for more information.

NOTE: as of April 1, 2008, the UDM PA program requires applicants to submit official foreign transcripts to an approved (WES and ECE) foreign transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. Arrange for foreign transcript reports to be sent directly to CASPA from the foreign transcript evaluation agency. Contact the foreign transcript evaluation service as early as possible. The service may take several weeks to process your foreign transcript once it is received. In order to be considered for admission, the foreign transcript evaluations will need to be received by the January 15 CASPA application deadline.

English Language Requirements
: If English is not your native language, or if you have not successfully completed a four-year degree program from an approved U.S. school, you are required to take UDM's own academic English language proficiency test upon arrival at the University. Go to the the American Language and Culture Program web site at UDM for more information. Demonstration of spoken English proficiency may also be required.

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