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M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

86 credits  |  Master of Science  |  Full-time  |  On-Campus  |  New York City

Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose disease, develop and implement treatment plans, perform surgical procedures, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. PAs complete thousands of hours of medical training to become versatile and collaborative clinicians. They practice nationwide, improving patient access to high-quality healthcare in medical and surgical settings. 

Physician Assistant is among the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2021, it was ranked the #1 Best Job Overall and #1 Best Healthcare Job by U.S. News & World Report. YU’s 86-credit M.S. in physician assistant studies is a rigorous, 28-month graduate program that prepares students for in-demand, highly rewarding PA careers.  


  • Prepare for your professional practice in state-of-the-art virtual cadaver and simulation laboratories. 
  • Master diagnostic and patient-care skills in top-tier, physical diagnosis and clinical skills laboratories. 
  • Participate in interprofessional training opportunities with students and faculty from diverse health science backgrounds. 
  • Study with expert clinicians during 50 weeks of medical and surgical clerkship rotations. 
  • Explore your personal clinical interests during 10 weeks of elective rotations. 
  • Network with leaders in the health professions at state and national conferences.