Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science

About This Program

Admissions Contact

Danielle Clough
Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
(413) 748-3729

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Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in January (Spring semester)
  • Courses are offered full-time
  • Complete in 27 months

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Physician Assistant lab or clinic (PA). Graduate Students Practicing on a Patient.

In the Springfield College MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA) you'll receive the most comprehensive education available in the academics of medicine, combined with significant practical clinical experience in a variety of settings. Springfield College has become renowned for its unique blend of academic rigor and hands-on experience in the field of PA. 

Students who enter the two-year track (professional phase) have already earned a bachelor's degree and will be awarded a master's degree upon completion. Individuals interested in this track should note that these students complete the entire 27-month program, but for the sake of simplicity the track is referred to as the two-year track.

The 27-month, full-time graduate program comprises seven semesters (112 credits). Students typically attend classes daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some exercises requiring longer attendance. Students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with individual course grades remaining at "B" or higher. Additionally, students are expected to uphold professional standards of conduct.

Students will complete eleven 4-week clinical rotations in the fields of family medicine, inpatient medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, psychiatry, surgery and the electives of their choice. The program has the responsibility of arranging the clinical instruction and supervision of each student. The program must approve each clinical site and retains the responsibility for student training and evaluation. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) National Certification Examination (PANCE) and apply for state licensure.

The majority of our students enter the physician assistant program through the six-year track. Preference for admission is given to students entering through the six-year track as long as all program requirements are met.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Three letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Interview: This program requires an interview for selected finalists.
  6. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS: Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing


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Coming 2023

The New Health Sciences Center at Springfield College

The new Springfield College Health Sciences Center will empower transformative approaches to education, career enhancement, service, research, and leadership in healthcare. The Center will build on the success of the School of Health Sciences, and ensure its standing as the leading choice for the finest students, faculty, and staff.

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