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Admission Requirements 

The Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program is a post-professional program designed for practicing PAs.

  • Graduation from an ARC-PA accredited program with at least a bachelor's degree
  • Completion of 30 graduate health-related credits (even if you don't have a master's or other graduate-level degree)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0) in all graduate-level coursework
  • Completion of all sections of the program application
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from an educator or supervisor and one from a personal reference
  • Personal statements

Application Procedures

All applicants must:

Complete all sections of the GradCAS application including the requirements below:

  • Upload two personal statements that address the following:
    1. Please explain your reasons for pursuing a DPAS and how earning this degree will help you achieve your administrative, leadership and/or academic goal(s). Your coursework in the program will include the development of an improvement or implementation science project. Please discuss a possible project idea that is based in your place of practice. (maximum 2,500 characters).
    2. Please discuss how any of your experiences, identities, and/or background will inform and/or support your journey through the DPAS program and as a leader in the PA profession. (maximum 2,500 characters).
  • Request two letters of recommendation through GradCAS; one from an educator or supervisor and one from a personal reference. Letters should address any or all of the following:
    • Applicant’s academic, clinical, and/or teaching ability
    • Leadership skills
    • Other characteristics that demonstrate the potential to succeed in a doctoral-level program
  • Upload a résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Provide transcripts from all universities, colleges or other higher education institutions.
  • Submit the GradCAS application fee of $50

Additional Information

All admission requirements must be completed by March 15 of the year in which you are intending to enroll. 

Entrance exams, including the GRE General Test, are not required for admission into the DPAS program.

Tuition Costs

All of the figures below are estimated.

  • Tuition (per term): $6,732
  • Mandatory University Computing and Network Services Fee (per term): $175
  • Total Tuition and Mandatory Fee (per term): $6,907
  • Estimated Total Cost of Program (all tuition and fees for 3 terms): $20,721

Other University fees and costs may apply.

Financial Resources

  • Tuition Assistance: Many working clinicians and staff have access to tuition benefits through their place of employment. Check with your employer for information on existing tuition assistance programs.
  • Scholarships: We recommend the FastWeb scholarship search site for external scholarships.
  • Loans: The Federal government provides loan options for graduate students, even if they do not qualify for need-based financial aid. The Pitt Financial Aid Office works with two types of U.S. federal government loans:
    • Federal Direct Loans: This is generally the lowest cost loan available, for up to $20,500 every academic year. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, take at least six credits per semester and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify. Pitt’s school code for the FAFSA is 008815. We recommend checking out Frank’s FAFSA Application Platform to help.
    • Federal Graduate PLUS Loans: If you need to borrow more, then a Graduate PLUS loan can generally cover the remainder of your tuition. You will need to submit the application for the Federal Direct Loan prior to applying for the PLUS.
    • Private/Alternative Loans: If federal loans are unavailable or insufficient, you may want to explore private or alternative education loans. Unlike federal loans, private loans do not require a FAFSA to apply. Private loans are not based on need and approval is generally based on creditworthiness and ability to repay. Some students may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender; generally, they charge higher rates than Federal loans.