M.S. Psychology (Online)


Palo Alto StudentsShould 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.

There is an online application that can be submitted or prospective students may also request an application form from the Admissions Office by calling (800) 818-6136 or sending an email request to: admissions@paloaltou.edu.


Students are admitted to the program in the spring and summer to begin in the fall. Classes begin shortly after Labor Day each year. The deadline for initial applications is August 1 but applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance of this deadline. Late applications are frequently unable to be reviewed because pieces of the application packet (i.e., letters of reference) are not submitted in a timely manner.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and provide official transcripts to document their undergraduate degree. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale). GRE scores are not required for admissions. If, however, students wish to transfer into the Ph.D. program, they will be required at the time of application.

For students coming from a non-psychology background, there are four courses that are prerequisites: developmental psychology, physiological psychology, personality or abnormal psychology, and statistics. Many students come to psychology from other fields and might not have all the prerequisites. Applicants may take these four courses online in PAU’s Bachelor program as a non-matriculated student. Applicants may also contact Dr. Daniels to obtain a waiver.

Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines (September Start)

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


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.S. 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:


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. 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

A resume or CV should be included with other application materials. The 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

Three 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 Form 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 to three-page statement of purpose outlining your goals and reasons for applying should be included. 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.

Transferring Units

Students can transfer up to 5 units of prior graduate work. 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., syllabus). Documentation will be reviewed by a PAU faculty member who 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

Apply Online

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