Academic Prerequisites

The Boston University PA Program, from which students will be conferred a Masters of Science degree, is a graduate degree program in the Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.

Important Information About Courses

All prerequisite coursework must be completed in traditional classroom and laboratory settings. Online courses do not count towards our prerequisite course requirements.

Please note that prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline in order to be considered for an interview. For additional information regarding prerequisite course requirements listed below, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.


The minimum academic admission standards for the program include a bachelors degree (BA/BS/AB/SB) and the following requirements:

Prerequisite Requirement
General Biology or Zoology with lab One semester
Human or Animal Physiology (preferably at the 300 or 400 level) One semester
General Chemistry with lab* One semester
Organic Chemistry with lab* One semester
Biochemistry* (preferably at the 300 or 400 level) One semester
Upper level biology courses at the 300 or 400 level** (or above) 3, one semester courses
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Sent to ETS code 0400
     scores above the 50th percentile    
Science Coursework GPA above 3.0***

*The rigor of the didactic curriculum necessitates that all students have a strong foundation in chemistry.  Chemistry courses should be those designated for chemistry majors rather than survey and non-degree chemistry courses.

**Physiology and Biochemistry, if taken at the 300 or 400 level, do not fulfill this requirement.

***The Science GPA is calculated by CASPA. There is no minimum overall GPA requirement.