The Stanford University Master of Science Degree in PA Studies program strives to admit a diverse cohort of students who possess intellectual strength, personal maturity, and interpersonal skills along with past accomplishments that demonstrate leadership potential.

Factors Impacting Admission

Selection for admission by the Admissions Committee is based on many factors, including academic achievement (GRE and GPA, particularly in science courses), depth and breadth of healthcare experience, scholarly output (publications, research experience), interview performance, prior community service, and leadership potential, as well as supporting documents (i.e. essay, letters of recommendation).

MSPA Class of 2020 Entry Characteristics


  • Age: 25.6 years
  • Gender: 81% female
  • California residence: 52%
  • Race/Ethnicity: 
    • White: 63%
    • Asian: 21%
    • Mixed race: 16%
    • Hispanic: 12%

Academic Performance*

  • GPA (mean)
    • Overall: 3.62
    • Science: 3.54
  • GRE (% mean)
    • Quantitative: 76.0
    • Verbal: 85.4
    • Analytic: 76.4

Clinical, Research and Volunteer Experience Hours*

  • Clinical Experience: 2,941.96
  • Research: 899.56
  • Volunteer: 796.63

*data provided in means

Undergraduate & Youth Opportunities

The School of Medicine sponsors a number of programs to introduce undergraduate and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds to careers in medicine and basic science research.