M.A. in Counseling (Global Online Program)
(Online Low Residency)

Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Palo Alto University’s M.A. in Counseling program.  You may apply on-line through our application web portal.

Students are admitted to the program quarterly (September, January, April, and June).  Applications should be submitted at least one month ahead of time (August 1st, December 1st, March 1st, and May 1st ideally). Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. If the applicant’s undergraduate major was not psychology, four additional courses are recommended, but not required: developmental psychology, physiological or biological psychology, personality or abnormal psychology, and statistics.

Should you have any questions regarding this program or the application process, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office toll free at (800) 818-6136 or refer to additional program contacts on the Contact Us page.

1.  Online Application

Students may fill out an online application to the M.A. Counseling program.

2.  Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $40.00 must be mailed separately in order to complete your application. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Palo Alto University" and sent to:

Palo Alto University
Office of Admissions
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

You may pay your application fee online as well at the following link:

http://www.paloaltou.edu/content/online-payments

3.  Official Transcripts

College transcripts verifying the awarding of a Bachelor degree is required. Only official, sealed transcripts obtained from the Registrar's office of each of these institutions are acceptable. Admissions decisions that are made based on submission of unofficial transcripts will only be provisional until official transcripts are received. International transcripts must be translated through the World Education Service website, www.wes.org.

4.  Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Please include either your resume or CV with the other application materials. Your CV/Resume can be mailed directly to the main campus address at Palo Alto University or emailed directly to the admissions office at admissions@paloaltou.edu.

5.  Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendations from an academic or professional reference should be mailed directly to the PAU admissions office at:

Palo Alto University
Admissions Office
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

6.  A Statement of Purpose

A two-page, 1.5 line-spaced statement of purpose should also be submitted, which should include:

1)  Brief autobiographical sketch/background, including what led to your interest in counseling.

2)  Details of your goals and purpose in applying to Palo Alto University.

a.  Discussion of your future career goals, and

b.  Your strengths and accomplishments thus far that have prepared you for graduate psychology education.

3) What qualities you possess that you think will be important assets as a practicing clinical counselor or therapist.

Your Statement of Purpose can be mailed directly to the main campus address at Palo Alto University or emailed directly to the admissions office at admissions@paloaltou.edu.

7.  Interview

Students will be selected to have an interview via phone or Skype with the Program Director.

8.  Acceptance & Enrollment

Students who are accepted into the M.A. in Counseling program will receive an official acceptance letter by e-mail and mail.  In order to enroll in the program, students who have been accepted should submit a $250 tuition deposit to secure their place in the program, two weeks after receiving the acceptance letter.  The tuition deposit can be submitted online here, or mailed to:

Palo Alto University
Office of Admissions
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

9.  Transferring in Units

You can transfer up to 15 units of prior graduate work.  Generally, the coursework cannot be more than 5 years old.  Transfer coursework is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  You need to submit the course description with supporting documentation (e.g. a comprehensive syllabus).  A Palo Alto University faculty member will review the documentation, and they will either accept or reject the course for transfer credit.

10.  Financial Aid

Following acceptance into the program, if you wish to secure financial aid, it is important to begin that process as soon as possible by completing the FAFSA and the PAU financial aid application.  Questions can be directed to the Financial Aid Officer, at financialaid@paloaltou.edu

1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(800) 818-6136
(650) 433-3888 FAX