Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: When does the application cycle start and close?

A: The GCTAS program opens early March and closes at the end of June. Because of the rolling basis of the admissions process, applicants are urged to apply much earlier than the application deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed until the incoming class is filled. Space is limited.

Q: How many students are accepted?

A: We anticipate accepting up to 25 students in the 2016 GCATS class. Students will be admitted once a year in the spring for fall matriculation.

Q: I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Can I still apply?

A: International students are not eligible for GCATS admission

Q: What is the status of my application submitted a month ago?

A: You may check the status of your application on the Apply Yourself website ( Once your application, application fee and other required materials have been received, the GCATS Admissions Committee will review your complete application. You will be notified by email if you are accepted in the program.

Q: What are the lowest GPA and MCAT to be considered?

A: The minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0. The MCAT score is not required for application to the GCATS program. If you have taken the MCAT test prior to submitting an application to GCATS, we ask to see how you tested in your personal statement.

Q: Is the GCATS program appropriate to prepare for physician assistant school?

A: Yes, it is given its clinically oriented curriculum, which covers the basic medical sciences taught during the first year of the physician assistant program.

Q: Do I need GRE scores to apply to the GCATS program, if I am interested in enhancing my applications to physician assistant programs?

A: GRE scores are not required for GCATS admission. However, it is highly recommended that the applicant has already taken his/her GRE. In this case, GRE scores must be indicated on the general application form.

Q: How many letters of recommendation are required?

A: Two letters of recommendation, one from a science academic instructor who has taught you and awarded you a letter grade and the other one from someone who has supervised you in a medically relevant field.

Q: When do I need to provide official transcripts?

A: Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission. They must be mailed to the George Washington University, Office of Graduate Studies, Philips Hall 107, 801 22nd Street N.W. Washington, DC 20052

Q: If I have not finished my bachelor’s degree yet, can I apply to the GCATS program?

A: Yes, if you anticipate completing your degree prior to the beginning of the GCATS program.

Q: How long does the GCATS program take?

A: Two semesters beginning in the fall. GCATS students complete the program in time for the June AAMCAS application opening. Part-time students can have up to two years to complete the graduate certificate program.

Q: When do incoming students start classes?

A: Classes start on August 28, 2017.