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 Process

A class of 52 students matriculates once each year in August. The CASPA application cycle opens in late April, and our application deadline is August 1 of the year prior to planned matriculation.. 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. The admissions process has 3 phases:

  • Review of the CASPA applications
  • Personal interviews
  • Final selection of class


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. The CASPA application is evaluated initially on:

  • academic records including overall and science GPAs as calculated on the CASPA application. Please refer to our Prerequisites.
  • specific course prerequisite and other science grades
  • the rigor of the applicant’s prior educational experience including the type of coursework completed and whether difficult courses were taken one at a time versus a number of difficult courses taken concomitantly
  • essays
  • patient care experience
    • For information on obtaining patient care experience through the Exercise Science for Clinicians graduate certificate, please refer to their site.
  • 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. 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. Last year we had close to 1700 CASPA applications.


We interview approximately 180 candidates who best meet the prerequisites and show greatest potential. Interviews will be conducted virtually and are usually scheduled in mid-October. Applicants selected for personal interviews will be notified via email a few weeks prior to the date of the interview. The low-stress, 2-day interview process provides applicants the opportunity to:

  • meet with program leadership for an overview of the program
  • meet with PA students and/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
  • virtual tour of campus
  • interview one-on-one with 3 members of the Admissions Committee including program faculty and alumni


The 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 submission deadline and have been verified by CASPA by August 31.

Applicants will be notified of their final status by early December. Those offered a seat in the program will have 2 weeks to respond. A deposit of $1000 is required to secure your place in the class and will be applied to your first term’s tuition.

The class matriculating in August 2021 has been selected. The next CASPA application cycle opens in late 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 options that appear on the CASPA portal: the traditional MSPA Program, the dual degree MSPA/MPH Program, and the dual degree MSPA/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 apply to only one degree option. Prerequisites are the same for all three options.

Information on the CASPA application process can be found on the CASPA web site.

The CASPA application portal for matriculation in August 2022 will open in late April 2021. The class matriculating in August 2021 has already been selected.

Remember to choose only one of the three degree options 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 of the three options, 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 which of the three degree options you choose. This fee is in addition to the CASPA application fee and is nonrefundable.
  • Please use the Northeastern application fee payment portal where you can pay by credit card and complete the payment form
  • The $75 Northeastern application 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 fee button reflects your status.
  • You are required to include your CASPA ID number on the Northeastern Application Fee payment form. 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 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 patient care duties 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. Your CASPA application will not be reviewed until has been verified and we have received your $75 Northeastern Application fee. Receipt of your $75 Northeastern application fee cannot be acknowledged via email until you submit your CASPA application.

    Tuition & Fees

    Tuition for students beginning the program in the fall of 2021 is $16,825 per term, for a total of $50,475/year. The Double Husky Scholarship is available to students starting with the class matriculating in August 2021 in the Physician Assistant Program. Additional fees are also listed below and are subject to change annually.

    For students applying to either of the dual degree options (MSPA/MPH or MSPA/MSHI), please contact the individual MPH or MSHI programs for information on additional tuition and fees incurred throughout the duration of the dual degree option.

    Fee Type Year 1 Year 2 Total Year 2 Estimated Cost
    Physician Assistant Program Tuition $50,475*
    ($16,825 per term)
    ($16,825 per term)
    *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 $82 $82 $164
    Student Center Fee $210 $210 $420
    Student Recreation Fee $180 $180 $360
    Student Activities Fee $51 $51 $102
    Travel/Parking/Housing Fees at Clinical Rotations $3,500 $3,500
    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 $80 $80
    Suture Kit $20 $20
    TOTAL REQUIRED FEES $1,885 $4,373 $6,258
    TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $52,360 $54,848 $107,208
    *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 $2,299 $2,299 $4,598
    University Health and Counseling Services Fee $225 $225 $450
    End-of-rotation Exam Retests for Underperformance $300 $300
    TOTAL POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL FEES $5,019 $2,824 $7,843
    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. Detailed information on University fees can be found here.

    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 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.