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M.S. Psychology Admissions

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The admission process for the master's in psychology degree is simple. The following materials need to be received by Palo Alto University on or before the application deadline:

Where to Send Documents

The student's full legal name, mailing address and email address must be included on all supporting documents. Electronic submissions are preferred when possible.

Digital Documents

PDF, Microsoft Word or other e-documents may be emailed to the Office of Admissions, admissions@paloaltou.edu.

Online Payment

Application fees and tuition deposits can be paid online.

Paper Documents

Mailing address:

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

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have a GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale). If the undergraduate major was not psychology, four courses are required prerequisites for the M.S. in Psychology Ph.D. Prep program:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Physiological or biological psychology
  • Personality or abnormal psychology
  • Statistics

To discuss obtaining a waiver of this requirement, contact Dr. Kristel Nazzal.

GRE scores are not required for admission to the Master's degree program. However,students who wish to be considered for transfer to the Palo Alto University Ph.D. program, must submit GRE scores at the time of application to the Ph.D. program.

English is the language of instruction for Palo Alto University Master's degree programs, and proficiency in English is expected. TOEFL scores may be required from students whose first language is not English.

Application Deadlines

Note:

  • This program begins in fall quarter only. Classes typically begin after labor day weekend in September.

Fall Quarter Admission (September Start)

  • June 30: Priority Deadline for admissions and early acceptance eligibility. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 15 and receive priority enrollment for available slots.
  • July 31: Regular Deadline
  • August 31: Rolling Admissions on a space-available basis. Space is still available for Fall 2015 - applications will be accepted during August.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance of deadlines. Be sure to allow plenty of time for transcripts and letters of recommendation to arrive at Palo Alto University. Applications submitted closer to the deadline frequently cannot be reviewed because supporting documents are not received in a timely manner.

Application Details

1. Online Application

Applicants must complete the online application for the M.S. Psychology Program.

2. Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $40.00 must be paid to complete the application. Applicants can pay this fee online or by mail at the address above. Checks should be made payable to Palo Alto University.

3. Official Transcripts

College transcripts verifying a Bachelor's degree are required. Only official, sealed transcripts from the Registrar's office of each institution are acceptable.

Admissions decisions based on submission of unofficial transcripts are provisional until official transcripts are received.

International transcripts must be translated through the World Education Service website, www.wes.org. It is the student's responsibility to have transcripts translated before applying. Applicants may contact the PAU Admissions Office, admissions@paloaltou.edu, with any questions before incurring the expense of translating documents.

Official transcripts should be mailed by the issuing institution directly to the address given above.

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

The resume or CV should list professional and academic experience, education, awards, publications, etc.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references should be mailed by the recommenders directly to the PAU admissions office at the address above.

Please have each recommender complete the Graduate Admissions Recommendation Form (Word document) and include it with their personal letter. This form is necessary for processing the application and must be returned with each letter of recommendation.

6. Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose serves as a sample of the applicant's ability to write in an academic and professional manner. It should be two to three 1.5- line-spaced pages and should represent the highest quality of expression and scholarship.

Points to cover:

  • A brief autobiographical sketch/background, including what led to an interest in a psychology pre-doctoral program.
  • Details of goals and purpose in applying to Palo Alto University and how this applies to future career goals.
  • Strengths and accomplishments thus far that have prepared the applicant for graduate psychology education.
  • Personal qualities that will be important assets as a practicing psychologist.

Interview

After applications are received or in progress, applicants will be scheduled for a 60-minute Skype interview with the Associate Program Director, Dr. Kristel Nazzal.

Acceptance and Enrollment

Students accepted into the M.S. in Psychology Ph.D. Prep program receive an official acceptance letter by e-mail and mail. To enroll in the program, students who have been accepted must submit a $250 tuition deposit within two weeks after receiving their acceptance letter to secure their place. The tuition deposit can be submitted online, or mailed to the address above.

Transferring Units In

Students can transfer up to five units of prior graduate work. Coursework cannot be more than five years old. Transfer coursework is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The student must submit a course description and supporting documentation (e.g. a comprehensive syllabus) for each transfer course. A Palo Alto University faculty member then reviews the documentation, and either accepts or rejects the course for transfer credit.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to secure financial aid after being accepted into the program, should begin that process as soon as possible after being accepted into the program by completing the FAFSA. Once the FAFSA is complete, the PAU Financial Aid office will send the student a PAU financial aid application.

Admissions Contacts

Application Questions

Contact the Office of Admissions toll-free at (800) 818-6136.

Financial Aid Questions

Contact the Financial Aid Officer, financialaid@paloaltou.edu.

Questions About Academics, Locations and Formats

Email or call one of the Master's Program Contacts.

 
 
 

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