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M.S. Psychology Curriculum

Global Online + One-Week Residency

Coursework for the online Palo Alto University M.S. Psychology Ph.D. Prep program can be done from anywhere in the world.

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The M.S. Psychology program consists of 46-quarter units of coursework. There is no thesis requirement.

Courses are taken over a two-years (seven consecutive quarters, including summer) beginning only in fall quarter.

The courses are structured so that students take two to three courses during most quarters. During the summer of the first year, students are required to travel to Palo Alto for a one-week intensive course in clinical interviewing.

With the exception of the summer clinical interviewing course in Palo Alto, the courses are didactic in nature and do not include an applied clinical component. That is why the specific degree associated with the program is M.S. in Psychology, not clinical psychology, even though some of the content is relevant to clinical psychology.

The curriculum for this online program is similar to the first year of Palo Alto University's residential Ph.D. program, and many courses are taught by the same faculty members as the on-campus program. This ensures that the quality of instruction in the online program is as high as the on-campus program. PAU's institutional data indicate that the performance of students in the online Ph.D. prep program is comparable to that of students taking the same curriculum on campus.

The schedule below is for the 2015-16 academic year.

For course descriptions, please download the Master's Programs Course Catalog and Descriptions.

Year 1

Fall Quarter

Instructor

Units

PSYS500

History and Systems

Wagner

3

PSYS501

Child and Adolescent Development

Patel

1.5

PSYS507

Adult Development and Aging

Gomez

1.5

Year 1

Winter Quarter

 

 

PSYS502

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Rosito

2.5

PSYS504

Affective Bases of Behavior

Bloch

2.5

ASMT500

Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis I

Balsam

3

Year 1

Spring Quarter

 

 

CLIN500

Ethics in Clinical Psychology

Packman

3

CLIN501

Professional Standards I

Gomez

1

ASMT501

Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis II

Bunge

3

Year 1

Summer Quarter
(One-week onsite in Palo Alto, CA)

 

 

CLIN515

Clinical Interviewing

Barrera

3

Year 2

Fall Quarter

 

 

PSYS505

Neuropsychology

Tan

2.5

MTHD509

Research Methods and Statistics

Gomez

4

Year 2

Winter Quarter

 

 

PSYS509

Psychopharmacology

Callaghan

2.5

STAT510

Research Methods and Statistics II

Gomez

4

Year 2

Spring Quarter

 

 

PSYS511

Social and Personality Psychology

Capuozzo

5

STAT511

Research Methods and Statistics III

Gomez

4

 
 
 

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