Admissions & Aid

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Thank you for your interest in The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program. The traditional graduate-level PA Program Curriculum offers the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree, whereas the joint degree program awards both the PA and Master of Public Health (MSHS/MPH) degrees. 

The PA Program believes a diverse and inclusive community of students enhances the educational experience and advances our mission of preparing physician assistants to improve the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. With our nation's demographic shifts, it is vitally important that we recruit and retain a class of students from varied backgrounds while fostering an inclusive learning environment. Within the next 5 years, it is our goal to recruit a diverse class of students who are first-generation college students, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged, military veterans, and those who live in health professions shortage areas.  Furthermore, we educate our graduates to treat patients from a wide range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds in culturally appropriate ways.

Qualities of Successful Applicants

The PA Program Admissions Committee values applicants who demonstrate through their leadership, service and experience a commitment to our mission, and the mission of the SMHS. With an average of 2500 applications annually, the program uses a holistic review that assesses the depth and breadth of an applicant's: 1) science preparation and academic achievement, 2) direct patient and related healthcare experiences, 3) previous community service, 4) leadership roles, and 5) other unique characteristics, such as second language proficiency. Beginning in the admissions cycle 2023, the Committee will focus on recruiting applicants who are first-generation college students, economically and/or educationally disadvantaged, military veterans and those who live in health professions shortage areas.

Using a holistic review, the Admissions Committee reviews all applications of candidates who meet the academic and patient care hour criteria. The review is conducted such that consideration of unique life experiences that shape one's dedication to medicine are valued in the context of academic achievement (as an example). The following infographics provide an overview of the demographics of the PA Class of 2026 and the PA/MPH Class of 2027.

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