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.
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
- 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 DMS admission committee.
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 DMSadmissions@butler.edu.
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. 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. Students sign up for advisement online as soon as they are accepted into the program. Advisement is conducted by phone, Zoom, or in person. A program advisor can help students enroll in the appropriate modules.
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.
Spring 2020 Start Dates
- January 13, 2020
- March 9, 2020
Summer 2020 Start Dates
- May 11, 2020
- June 29, 2020
Fall 2020 Start Dates
- August 26, 2020
- October 21, 2020
2019–2020 Program Costs
The following tuition and fee charges are in effect for the 2019–2020 academic year and are subject to change for future years.
Application fee: None
Tuition is $800 per credit hour for a total of $40,000 for 50 credit hours. Students are billed per semester based on the number of credit hours they are taking. Textbooks are available online and part of your tuition.
A 15 percent tuition discount is available for effectively serving as a routinely utilized preceptor for entry-level Butler PA students. Contact Jennifer Guthrie, Director of Experiential Education at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if you are eligible. Learn more about this discount and Butler’s preceptor program.
Butler makes payment plans and loan options available to its graduate students.
Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.