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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Keck Graduate Institute
27 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: 01 December 2021

Program description

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) will prepare students to become integral members of the healthcare team and practice in a number of clinical and administrative roles. Located in beautifulClaremont, CA, the program is anticipated to start in fall 2022 and be 27 months in length.

Graduates from KGIs innovative MSPA program will enter the workforce with a better understanding of personalized medicine and emerging technologies so they are fully prepared to advance healthcare through leadership and compassionate care.

Admission requirements

The MSPA program accepts all applications via CASPA.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Seven prerequisites (see below)
  • Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience
  • Personal statement and supplemental application
  • Letters of reference

A GRE score is not required for admission.


The following courses are required for admission:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (2 courses)
  • Microbiology
  • Additional Upper-Level Biology or Health Science
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • Additional Chemistry
  • Statistics

Please contact the institute for more information

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Program content

Innovative Learning

The MSPA program will redefine traditional PA education through the use of innovative teaching methods. Students will benefit from an active learning classroom model that emphasizes student engagement, critical thinking skills, and teamwork. Unlike the traditional approach, KGI students will also have access to early clinical experiences during the didactic phase. These early real patient interactions will strengthen interpersonal, technical, and clinical reasoning skills far before starting clinical rotations.

Community Roots: Providing Compassionate Care to Diverse Populations

Through countless volunteering opportunities, KGI MSPA students will be heavily involved in the care and education of the local community. These opportunities will provide students with a true understanding of the communitys healthcare needs. As a result of these crucial experiences, graduates will be prepared to provide compassionate care to patients of diverse ethnicity/race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic status. These experiences will also allow our graduates to recognize health disparities and work towards achieving health equity.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship

The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing, and you can be a key part of this change. KGI MSPA students will receive didactic instruction in leadership and entrepreneurship in order to prepare them to take on leadership roles, be involved in advocacy, solve real-world problems through innovation, and create their own career path.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total tuition fee: $117,600


As a student, you will:

  • Gain rich clinical experiences across multiple specialties and settings in some of Southern Californias top medical facilities.
  • Obtain a well-rounded perspective of medicine through continuous collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, such as KGIs pharmacy, genetics, occupational therapy, medical device engineering, and future MD programs.
  • Develop valuable leadership and entrepreneurial skills to create a unique career path ideal for you.

Career opportunities

Where Can Your MSPA Degree Take You?

The demand for PAs continues to grow and is expected to increase 31% by 2028. KGI MSPA program graduates will be qualified to serve in a wide range of exciting roles:

  • Physician Assistant in a variety of fields including primary care, surgical specialties, and emergency medicine
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Educator
  • Clinical Researcher

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Keck Graduate Institute

Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, California offers a variety of innovative graduate programs and certificates that integrate life sciences, health sciences, genetics, engineering, and business with a focus on industry projects, internships, and team collaborations....

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Keck Graduate Institute

535 Watson Drive
91711 Claremont CA
United States of America (USA)

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