About PAU

Licensing & Accreditation


The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has developed a document titled The Value of Accreditation. This resource briefly addresses accreditation, how it works, and how it benefits both students and the public.

Palo Alto University (PAU) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Additionally, PAU’s Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium are each accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

In accordance with APA’s accreditation requirements, PAU maintains an updated IR C-20 for each doctoral program.  This “APA data” provides a snapshot of program admissions, attrition, and student outcomes, and can be accessed from any page within PAU’s website. The most recent APA Site Visit reports for the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are also available for review.

Questions related to APA accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (800) 374-2721 /  (202) 336-5500


Licensing for Graduates of PAU’s Doctoral Programs

PAU is committed to preparing its doctoral students for the requirements needed to take and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and become licensed professionals. Data regarding the number of candidates from different schools and their outcomes on the licensing examinations are available online at both the state and national level. We are pleased to announce that of all schools with at least six individuals taking the EPPP in California, the pass rate for graduates of PAU has consistently been among the highest each year since 1992.

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