MPAS Application Portal for Fall 2020 - open as of April 1, 2019

The MPAS admission requirements follow those described on the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum requirements web page.

Eligibility requirements - to apply for this Program, you must:

  1. Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  2. As a minimum, graduates of four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent programs from recognized colleges and universities are eligible for admission. Applications are accepted from students in their fourth year of study.
  3. Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the most recent 60 credit hours of study (full time or part time study). For questions on how exactly the GPA is calculated please contact
  4. Provide a total of 3 letters of recommendation (2 letters as required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, plus 1 additional letter as required by MPAS). One of the referees must be your current/most recent employer, supervisor, student advisor, or professor. 
  5. Required courses are Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Biochemistry taken at the undergraduate level. Asset courses that help applicants include Microbiology and Psychology. All courses require at least three credit hours each for consideration.* (see note below)

See MPAS Admissions Bulletin

Application to MPAS program is completed through the On-line Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Apply Yourself portal, only. Paper applications are not accepted.


  • Tuition fees for the MPAS program may be found at the bottom of the Registrar’s Office webpage.
  • The cost of textbooks during the first year of study is approximately $1,700.00 -$2,000, and is subject to change each year.
  • The cost for medical equipment during the program, including a short-white lab coat and stethoscope, is up to $750.00.
  • Students are also responsible for their transportation costs related to clinical study. Clinical Rotations Sites are throughout Winnipeg and across Manitoba. A valid driver's license and access to personal transport is essential. This cost will vary depending on the clinical training opportunities each year.
  • It is a mandatory requirement for each MPAS student to use their own personal laptop for online examinations. Therefore, a laptop is compulsory.
  • The following student fees are also applicable:  Library Fee, Registration Fee, Student Organization Fees, Student Services Fees, and Tech Fee.  MPAS students are also eligible to participate in the UMSU Health and Dental plans. The cost of these fees can be found on the Student Fees web page


Students who are accepted into the MPAS must be registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba on the Educational Register, Prequalification Physician Assistant Student for the duration of the Program.  The registration cost is $150.00 per year.

Helpful Links and Notes

The IAU WHED Portal*, a service provided by the International Association of Universities (IAU), is a tool where you can find comprehensive information on higher education systems and credentials in 184 countries and over 18,000 higher education institutions.

For International Degree grade equivalency

Please see the FAQ page for more information on the degree requirement. 

The referees must be able to provide information regarding your character, communication skills, professionalism, and suitability for practice as a Physician Assistant.

Please follow instructions on the On-Line application form for Reference Letter submission.

NOTE: We do not advise applicants of whom they should choose for their referees.  Applicants must make their own referee selections based on the information stated above

Select the following ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY REQUIREMENT link for information on Human Anatomy and Human Physiology courses at the University of Manitoba, that would meet our requirements.

Select the following BIOCHEMISTRY 2360 and 2370 link to Biochemistry course descriptions at the University of Manitoba, that would meet our Biochemistry requirement.

  • You only need 1 (one) 3 credit hour Biochemistry course. One of these courses, either 2360 or 2370, is equivalent to 3 credit hours. You do not need to take both courses.
  • These examples are provided for the course descriptions, so that by reading them, you may determine whether the topics covered were included in the Biochemistry you have taken or plan to take at another University

*  If you are enrolled in the final year of a Bachelor's degree and/or any of the 3 required courses (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Biochemistry) at the time of application to this Program:

  • You are still required to submit transcripts by the application deadline of January 15th for the courses you have completed at time of application;
  • You must provide proof of enrolment at time of application in whatever form your institution will provide it.
  • Final official transcripts of the Bachelor's Degree and/or required courses must be sent immediately upon completion of the degree or courses and must be received no later than the last working day in May of the intake year you have applied for (i.e. If you are applying in fall 2018 for the September 2019 start date, final official transcripts must be received by May 29, 2019). There are no exceptions.

Microbiology and Psychology are asset courses and would enhance your application.

  • Pre-assessment of specific courses is not offered by MPAS.
  • Applicants must determine if they believe the pre-requisite courses they have taken essentially match the descriptions provided.
  • Applicants must submit a fully completed application including transcripts for review by the Admissions Committee.

NOTE:  If you have taken courses that you are not sure would meet this criteria, please review the FAQ page