McMaster University

McMaster University

Physician Assistant Education Program

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who work with physicians to provide health care. Under the overall supervision of a physician PAs take histories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel on preventive health care and may assist in surgery. A PA's practice may also include education, research and administration.

More information on the role of the Physician Assistant in Ontario can be found at:

Who should apply?

If you are looking for a career in health care and are an energetic self-motivated individual with a minimum of two years of university education this may be the program for you.

Where can I find more answers to my questions?

Why should you come to McMaster?

McMaster University through its Faculty of Health Sciences and its medical, nursing, occupational and physiotherapy and midwifery programs has established a leading role in health care education in Canada. McMaster has a tradition of innovation in health care education starting 40 years ago with the establishment of its revolutionary medical school using small group, problem-based, self-directed learning.


Demographic Information

  • For the September 2022 application cycle the PAEP received over 1300 applications for 24 spaces.
  • The majority of applicants to the PAEP are enrolled in the final year of their undergraduate degree, have obtained their degree or hold an advanced degree.
  • The average undergraduate cumulative GPA for the 2022 MMI is 3.81 on the OMSAS 4.0 scale.

Important information for applicants:

Due to McMaster University directives regarding the COVID-19 pandemic the Physician Assistant Education Program is closed to all in-person students and visitors. 

The application process for September 2022 is now closed. The application process for September 2023 will open in the fall, the deadline for application, all transcripts, and supporting documentation is February 1 each year.

Please review the PA Program Admissions Requirements and Procedures here.

Transcript & Document Submission:
Pleave reciew your McMaster Application Portal (SLATE) for the current status of your application requirements.
Transcripts submitted must include Fall 2021 grades. Secondary school (high school) transcripts are not required or reviewed.

Please visit the Admissions Office Transcript & Documents website for further information.

Supplementary Application:
Access to the PA Program supplementary application was emailed to all qualified applicants. A qualified applicant is an applicant who meets the minimum application requirements. The supplementary application was due March 3 at 12:00 pm EST (noon).

Supplementary Application Assessment Fee:
The supplementary application assessment fee of $125 is in addition to fees paid via OUAC. Payment methods are available here. The supplementary application assessment fee was due no later than March 3, 2022, at 12:00 pm EST (noon).     

Virtual Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI):
Invitations to the virtual Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) and waitlist notifications have been emailed to selected applicants. The virtual MMI is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022. The Admissions Office will update the McMaster Application Portal (SLATE) status for all applicants who did not receive an invitation to virtual MMI or waitlist notification email by April 15.

Offers of Admission:
Offers of admission will be released to successful applicants on May 20 from the McMaster University Physician Assistant Education Program, University of Toronto BScPA Program, and University of Manitoba Master of Physician Assistant Studies. On behalf of the three institutions, we are pleased to provide applicants their offers on the same day to help with the decision-making process.

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