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Butler University Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Medical Science

DMS Admission

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Doctor of Medical Science program must be Physician Assistants that have successfully graduated from an entry-level PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistant and must currently hold either a National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification/recertification or a state license to practice as a Physician Assistant.  A high degree of professionalism is expected.  A master's degree is not required.  GRE is not required.

Applicants must be able to meet University technology requirements during the entirety of the doctoral program. Students will need access to a reliable computer and high-speed internet. Strong computer skills and/or the ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technology is necessary for success.

To apply, candidates should submit the following:

  • Butler application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended- either mailed or sent electronically to  
  • An updated, comprehensive curriculum vita
  • Active state license number or NCCPA certification number
  • A maximum 250-word essay describing the goals for enrolling in the DMS program

A phone interview may be required.

Applicants must be fluent in English (the language of instruction of this program). When the applicant speaks and/or writes in English as a second language, the applicant must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for review. International students must have a TOEFL score and evaluation of any international transcripts. Please note that this takes additional time. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) meets Butler University’s English language proficiency requirements. Butler’s TOEFL school code is 1073. World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators must evaluate all international transcripts.

Applicants who believe the TOEFL requirement should be waived may petition the Office of Admission.

Transfer Credit

A request for transfer of graduate credit will be considered. In order for graduate coursework completed elsewhere to be applied towards the Butler DMS program, students need to submit the Request for the Transfer of Graduate Credit application. Send completed application requests to the DMS admission committee at

Students who graduated from the Butler University PA program my request a waiver of 15 credit hour of transfer credit hours toward the DMS program.  This credit variance is subject to approval by the DMS program. 

For more information please contact or call 317-940-9678.

Admissions Notifications

Admission to the Butler Doctor of Medical Science program is competitive. The DMS program has a rolling admissions process, and applicants will be considered as they apply to the program.  Apply early to secure admission to your desired session start!  Applicants will be notified as soon as possible following the committee’s decision. Admission decisions are made by the DMS program and are considered final.


A faculty or administrative staff will be assigned as an advisor.

A virtual orientation will be provided at the beginning of coursework. All students must participate in this orientation prior to the first day of the initial session; otherwise, admission may be delayed.

Important Dates

Applicants must submit all required materials at least seven days before their preferred start date.

*Butler University will be observing the Holidays between December 20, 2020 – January 15, 2021.  You may submit applications during this period of time, but review and status notification will not occur until after January 15, 2021.

Spring 2021 Start Dates

  • Session A: January 11, 2021
  • Session B: March 15, 2021

Summer 2021 Start Dates

  • Session A: May 10, 2021
  • Session B: June 28, 2021

Fall 2021 Start Dates

  • Session A: August 25, 2021
  • Session B: October 20, 2021