Application Time Line

Phases Deadline
Application due to CASPA July 15
Application due to The Graduate School July 15
CASPA verification deadline August 15
Interviews of top candidates August - March
Invitations to those selected August - March
Commitment response due and $500 deposit Two weeks after invitation*
Mandatory on-campus orientation Monday and Tuesday before classes begin
Classes begin Late August

*If an applicant is accepted to the Program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a seat in the incoming cohort.  This payment must be made by the deadline.  Those applicants who matriculate into the Program will have the deposit put towards their tuition.

Application Process

FAQ About the Application Process

Application is a TWO-PART process:

Part One

  • All applicants must apply and be admitted to the JMU Graduate School. For information about this application process, see:  The Graduate School.  The Graduate School application is found here:
    • Applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendations with the Graduate School application.
    • Applicants do not need to submit transcripts to the Graduate School with the Graduate School application.  If you are offered admission to the PA program, you will need to send original transcripts to the JMU Graduate School prior to beginning classes.
  • The JMU Graduate School charges a $60 application fee.  If you cannot afford this fee, you may apply for a graduate application fee waiver.
  • After completing the Graduate School application, download and save it as a PDF file.

Part Two

Application to both the Graduate School and CASPA must be submitted by July 15. CASPA forwards only complete and verified applications to the PA Program.  A complete and verified CASPA application contains all required information including the uploaded JMU Graduate School application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. In order for an application to be considered by the PA program, the complete and verified CASPA application must be received by the PA Program by August 15

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters are required (through the CAPSA application).  Letters are best from prior supervisors/employers, university professors, and/or medical professionals (clinicians) who have observed you working or volunteering in a patient care environment (not simply someone you shadowed briefly).  Letters of recommendation from friends or family members are highly discouraged.