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Palo Alto University (PAU) offers a high-quality, tailored, competitive education with world-renowned faculty and instructors, at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. At PAU, students experience the following:

  • Faculty with rich, research-based backgrounds, and excellent teaching methods. 
  • Clinical training with potential licensure options.
  • High internship placement rate including 100% APA-accredited internship match rate for the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium program (in 2013 and 2014; see APA Data).
  • Tuition stabilization Once admitted, PAU guarantees no tuition increases for the duration of a student's program.
  • Regional accreditation by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) for all degrees.  American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation for the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.

PAU Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Name of Program

Minimum Level of Education for Entry

Application & Enrollment Information
for 2015

Average Time for Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year*
(2016-17)

B.S. Business Psychology

90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable coursework  from a regionally accredited university or community college.

67 Applications, 30 Enrolled

2 years

Los Altos,
Cupertino
or Online

$22,308

B.S. Psychology and Social Action

90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable coursework  from a regionally accredited university or community college.

104 Applications, 58 Enrolled

2 Years

Cupertino,
San Mateo
or Online

$22,308

Graduate Programs

Name of Program

Minimum Level of Education for Entry

Selectivity Information for 2015

Average Time for Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year* 
(2016-17)

M.A. Counseling (MFT/LPCC)

Bachelor's degree 

124 Applications, 99 Enrolled

2 years, 3 months (on-campus)
2 years, 9 months (online)

Palo Alto, San Mateo, Monterey Bay or Online with 1-Week Residency

$21,535 (on-campus) $17,618 (online)

M.S. Psychology (Ph.D. Prep)

Bachelor's degree 

44 Applications, 31 Enrolled

2 years

Online with 1-week residency 

$21,056

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

280 Applications, 87 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos

$49,995

Psy.D. PGSP-Stanford Consortium

Bachelor's Degree

328 Applications, 32 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos and Stanford

$53,142

*Additional costs per year include an average of $2,400 for books and supplies and an average of $23,400 of local living expenses for residential students. PAU offers several funding options from federal, state, and local sources

**Includes culmination of both degrees, pre-doctoral internship and dissertation; does not include clinical licensure

Learn more about the difference between the Psy.D. PGSP-Stanford Consortium and Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program.  

Note: PAU would like to announce the closing of the Joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in Psychology and the Law with Golden Gate University Law School. The Joint Program has produced some of the best J.D./Ph.D. students in the country. This program is no longer being offered at this time.

 
 
 

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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888

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