M.S. in Psychology


Palo Alto StudentsWe accept new students 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 we strongly urge you to apply in the spring and early summer. 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.

There is an online application form that can be filled out and submitted on the Internet at my.paloaltou.edu. You can also request an application form from the admissions office by calling them at (800) 818-6136 or sending an email request to: admissions@paloaltou.edu.


You must be a graduate of an accredited undergraduate institution and provide official transcripts to document your undergraduate degree. International transcripts must be translated through the World Education Service website, www.wes.org. You will also be asked to provide three letters of reference in support of your application. Finally, you will be asked to write a two to three page statement of purpose outlining your goals and reasons for applying.

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, so we also offer the ability to take these four courses online in PAU’s Bachelor program as a non-matriculated student. Or, you can contact Dr. Daniels to obtain a waiver.

Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale). GRE scores are not required for admissions. If, however, you wish to transfer into the Ph.D. program, they will be required at the time of application.

You 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. You 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.

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