Admissions to this Program

Should prospective students 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines (September Start)

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology All Campuses:
  • Palo Alto
  • Monterey Bay
  • San Mateo
  • Los Altos Weekend

June 30th

Priority Deadline for admissions and early acceptance eligibility.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 15 and receive priority acceptance for available slots.

July 31st

Final Deadline (for all programs except for Monterey Bay)

August 31st

Rolling Admissions on a space available basis

 

Winter Application Deadlines (January Start)

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology Campuses:
  • Palo Alto
  • Monterey Bay

December 1st

Priority Deadline for admissions and early acceptance eligibility.  Applicants will be notified of acceptance by December 15 and receive priority acceptance for available slots.

December 15th

Final Deadline

 

Interview

Applicants will be selected to have an interview on campus with the Program Director.

Application Checklist

1.  Online Application

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

2.  Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $40.00 must be mailed separately in order to complete the 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

The application fee may also be paid online at the following link:

http://www.paloaltou.edu/about/departments-and-offices/accounting/make-online-payment

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 institution 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. Official transcripts should mailed directly to the PAU admissions office at:

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

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 below or emailed directly to the admissions office at admissions@paloaltou.edu.

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

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

Please use the Graduate Admissions Reference Waiver Forms provided in addition to a personal letter. The waiver forms are necessary for processing your application and must be returned with each letter of recommendation.

Graduate Admissions Recommendation Form

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.

4) The statement of purpose also serves as a sample of you ability to write in an academic and professional manner. Please be sure that this statement represents your highest quality of expression and scholarship.

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.

Acceptance & Enrollment

Students who are accepted into the M.A. Counseling Psychology 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

Transferring in Units

Students 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.  Students 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.

Financial Aid

If students wish to secure financial aid following acceptance into the program, it is important that they 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.  

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