Admissions & Tuition

Physician Assistant Studies (MS)

Please review the FAQ section of our website before completing your application.

Interested in becoming a Physician Assistant, but don’t have enough clinical hours?

Application Deadline
August 1st

Additional Info

Admissions and Application Process

A class of 52 students is admitted once each year. The application deadline is August 1 of the year prior to planned matriculation. The Program begins in late August. We do not have early decision or rolling admissions. Early application submission does not guarantee early review of your application. All applications will be fully reviewed and equally considered as long as they are submitted to CASPA by August 1 and verified by CASPA by August 31.


Decisions of the Admissions Committee are based on the applicant’s discerned ability to project genuine concern for the well-being of patients and families, as well as demonstrated academic ability to master the content of the program. Meeting the minimum prerequisites does not guarantee you will be interviewed or admitted into the program. Applicants are evaluated initially on their:

  • academic records including overall and science GPAs as calculated on the CASPA application
  • specific science grades
  • essays
  • hands-on patient care experience
    • For information on obtaining patient care experience through the Exercise Science for Clinicians graduate certificate, please click here.
  • evaluations (at least two clinically-related)

Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant program does not award or grant advanced placement or course credit to any admitted students regardless of previous education or work experience.  While Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program is committed to the education of students from diverse backgrounds, all applicants must still meet the Program’s rigorous criteria and are not given any priority in admission (admissions decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetics, nationality, veteran’s status, disability or age). Since participating in CASPA, we have received an increasing number of applications each year.  Last year there were close to 1500 CASPA applications.  We interview approximately 150 candidates who best meet the prerequisites and show greatest potential.  Interviews are usually conducted from mid-September and early October.  Applicants selected for personal interviews will be notified via email between August and late-September.  The low-stress, 2-day interview process provides applicants the opportunity to:

  • meet with program leadership for an overview of the program
  • meet with second year PA students or recent graduates
  • meet with a program graduate to discuss what the professional life of a PA is like and how well the program prepared them for the work
  • tour the Behrakis Health Sciences Center clinical lab
  • interview one-on-one with 3 members of the program faculty and leadership

Northeastern University PA Program does NOT have rolling admissions. All completed applications will be reviewed as long as they have been submitted to CASPA by the August 1 deadline and have been verified by CASPA by August 31.

The class matriculating in August 2021 has been selected. The CASPA portal opened in April 2021 for the class that will matriculate in August 2022.

It is VERY important to review the FAQ section of our website before completing your application.

CASPA Application:

Northeastern University’s PA Program is a participant in CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs). CASPA allows you to apply to multiple participating programs, verifies your application for accuracy, processes the application, and forwards it to your designated PA programs. The deadline for submission to CASPA for the Northeastern University PA Program is August 1 of the year prior to planned matriculation.

Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials have been submitted to CASPA and that the application is complete. Northeastern University will not provide updates regarding application status.

Northeastern presently offers three degree pathways that appear on the CASPA portal: the traditional MS Program, the dual MS/MPH Program, and the dual MS/MSHI Program. Please make sure you choose the one correct option for your desired course of studies when you apply via the Northeastern CASPA portal. You may only apply to one degree option.

Information on the CASPA application process can be found on the CASPA webpage.

The CASPA application for matriculation in August 2022 will open in April 2021.

Remember to choose only one of the three degree pathways that are available before starting your CASPA application:




Additional Northeastern Application Material:

Be sure to carefully read the information below before completing your CASPA application.

In order for your application to be considered complete and be reviewed for any pathway, the program must receive the following material:

    Northeastern $75 Application Fee:

  • Northeastern University requires a $75 application fee for all students applying to the University regardless of program. This is separate from the CASPA application fee and is nonrefundable.
  • Please use THIS LINK to access the Northeastern payment portal where you can pay by credit card and complete the payment form.
  • The $75 fee is waived if you are a current Northeastern senior in a bachelor’s degree program or an alumnus/a who earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern. However, you still need to complete the form in the payment portal. Click on whichever $0 fee button that reflects your status.
  • You will have to include your CASPA ID number in the Northeastern payment portal. Therefore, you must start your CASPA application before submitting your Northeastern application fee.


3 References (submitted online):

  • NUPA requires that at least 2 of the 3 required references submitted to CASPA be from individuals with whom you have worked in a clinical environment. The 2 clinically related references can be from any combination of health care professionals with whom you work including, but not limited to, PAs, MDs, NPs, RNs, PTs, OTs, EMTs, RTs, ATs, etc. Practice managers, EMT supervisors, and others in similar supervisory roles are also acceptable. The evaluators should comment on your clinical background including an assessment of your clinical performance, the type of hands-on duties you perform, and your ability to relate to patients and others on the health care team.
  • References from shadowing experiences will not be accepted as a clinical reference as you are observing rather than actually performing hands-on activities yourself.
  • We will only accept references included with the CASPA application. References sent directly to the PA Program will not be considered.
  • CASPA allows a maximum of 5 references


We will notify you via email when your CASPA application has been verified. We will not review your application until your CASPA application has been verified and we have received your $75 Northeastern Application fee.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for students beginning the program in the fall of 2020 is $16,175 per term, for a total of $48,525/year. Neither the Double Husky Scholarship nor the Lifetime Learning Membership are available to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program.  Additional fees are also listed below and are subject to change annually.


For students applying to dual degree pathways (MS/MPH and MS/HI), please contact the individual programs for information on additional tuition and fees incurred throughout the duration of the dual degree pathway.

Fee Type Year 1 Year 2 Total Year 2 Estimated Cost
Physician Assistant Program Tuition $48,525*
($16,175 per term)
(subject to increase)
*Required Fees for All Students
Fee Type Year 1 Year 2 Total Year 2 Estimated Cost
Textbook/Required Lab Materials $350 $350 $700
Criminal Background Checks $64.50 $64.50 $129
Student Center Fee $48,525*
($16,175 per term)
(subject to increase)
Student Recreation Fee $155 $155 $310
Student Activities Fee $42.50 $42.50 $85
Travel/Parking/Housing Fees at Clinical Rotations $280 $280
Two PA Program Patches $5 each = $10 $10
Two Short White Jackets $20 each = $40 $40
Stethoscope $200 $200
Metric Tape Measure $5 $5
Reflex Hammer $4 $4
Pen Style ECG Calipers $21 $21
Tuning Forks $17 $17
Diagnostic Set $615 $615
Suture Pad $60 $60
Suture Kit $20 $20
TOTAL REQUIRED FEES $1,749 $3,587 $5,336
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $50,274 $52,112 $102,386
*Potential Additional Fees — May not be applicable to all students
Fee Type Year 1 Year 2 Total Year 2 Estimated Cost
International Student Fee $350 $350
On-Campus Parking Fee $2,145 $2,145
Student Health Insurance $2,099 $2,099
University Health and Counseling Services Fee $225 $225 $450
End-of-rotation Exam Retests for Underperformance $300 $300
Optional Medical Equipment
Fee Type Year 1 Year 2 Total Year 2 Estimated Cost
Penlight $11 $11
Sphygmomanometer $144 $144
Nylon Medical Bag $30 $30

*These fees represent current expenses. Fees are expected to increase annually. Updated amounts for the upcoming academic year will be made available as soon as they are determined.

More details about the required graduate student fees.


By law, all students in Massachusetts are required to have health insurance. If a student does not elect to take the Northeastern University student health insurance plan ($2324 for the 2020-2021 academic year), evidence of other comparable health insurance coverage must be provided.  More information about the Northeastern University student health insurance plan can be found here.

Information about financial aid is available through The Office of Graduate Student Financial Services (617.373.5899).  There are several types of need-based financial aid in the form of government loans as well as a Northeastern loan available only for physician assistant students.

Working while attending the program is not feasible.  There are no graduate assistantships, Double Husky Scholarships, or Lifetime Learning Memberships available for PA students.  Information about procedures regarding refunds of tuition and fees is available through The Office of Student Financial Services website.

Northeastern University participates in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans.  Information about the program (including eligibility, benefits, and how to apply) can be accessed on university’s Yellow Ribbon website here.

The John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute offers a graduate fellowship to students of African origin who demonstrate high standards of leadership and have a record of community service.  More information can be accessed here.