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Admissions Preferences

Admissions Preferences

The CSUSB MSPA program strives to matriculate applicants who demonstrate a strong alignment with the mission and values of the program and institution. Therefore, the MSPA program provides special consideration to applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Current degree-track student or graduate of CSUSB
  • Current resident or spent the majority of childhood + in the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside counties), a federally designated medically underserved area + (MUA), or a health professional shortage area (HPSA) per
  • Clinical experience in a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or medically underserved area/population (MUA/P) per
  • Received state or federal assistance as a child +
  • First generation in family to attend college
  • Fluency in Spanish (or language other than English)
  • Current or former member of the Military * (i.e., veterans, active members, and reserves)
  • Resilience and adaptability demonstrated through life experiences

Applicants will be evaluated for the above characteristics through responses provided in the general CASPA application and CSUSB supplemental application (embedded within CASPA). Applicants will not be automatically granted or denied an interview or admission based on the above preferences.

+ Based on childhood and socioeconomic questions within the CASPA application.

* Reservists/Guard members must be in good standing as evidenced by a letter from their commanding officer. Separated or retired veterans must provide a DD214 showing an honorable discharge. Applicable documents should be uploaded to the Document section of the CASPA application.