Physician Assistant Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial assistance available?
Need-based financial assistance is available for matriculated students. For consideration, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For specific questions concerning financial aid, you may visit the Office of Student Financial Services or call (845) 575-3230. You can also download the latest version of Marist's Affordability Guide for graduate students, which provides useful information about financial aid, grants, loan programs, and more. 

Does Marist College offer residential housing for graduate students?
Unfortunately, Marist College does not currently have housing for graduate students. However, our Campus Housing Office does provide resources for securing off-campus living arrangements.

What is the G.P.A requirement for graduate school at Marist College?
Most of the graduate programs at Marist require students to achieve a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA based on a system in which a 4.0 is equivalent to an A grade. However, it is important to note that your application will be reviewed holistically based on your completed application. If you have questions about the application review process, or have concerns about your undergraduate GPA, please email the Graduate Admission Office or call 888-877-7900.

What is the application deadline for admission?
Applications via CASPA can be submitted for the Spring 2016 semester.  CASPA‚Äôs deadline for applications is March 19, 2015.

Where do most students come from?
Marist College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY, and consistently attracts students from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, the Northeastern United States, and many other states throughout the country.

Where can I learn more about becoming a physician assistant?
The following websites contain helpful information about becoming a Physician Assistant:

Where can I learn more about the courses or requirements associated with this program?
To learn more about the course descriptions, requirements, and faculty associated with the Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies program, please visit the Marist College School of Science website.


Accreditation Status

Marist College has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Marist College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2016, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the September 2015 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.