MS in Psychology Curriculum

Program Structure

The MS Psychology program consists of 37.5 or 47 quarter units of coursework, depending on the chosen track. There is no thesis requirement. Courses are taken over six or seven consecutive quarters (including summer) beginning only in fall quarter.

Students take two or three courses during most quarters. Students in the PhD Prep Track are required to travel to Palo Alto for a one-week intensive course in clinical interviewing.

Three Tracks to Choose From Units Quarters
PhD Prep Track   47    7
Generalist Track   37.5    6
Forensic Psychology Track   37.5    6

 

Didactic Coursework

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 an MS 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 PhD program, and many courses are taught by the same faculty members as the on-campus program. This ensures high quality instruction in both the online and on-campus programs. PAU's institutional data indicate that the performance of students in the online PhD Prep program is comparable to that of students taking the same curriculum on campus.

Students take two or three courses during most quarters. Students in the PhD Prep Track are required to travel to Palo Alto for a one-week intensive course in clinical interviewing.

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Sample Schedules

For course descriptions, please see the Palo Alto University Catalog.

Course Descriptions
  PhD Prep Track Generalist Track   Forensic Psychology Track 
Fall MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I

PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development

PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I

PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development

PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I

PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development

PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
Winter ASMT500 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I

STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
ASMT500 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I

STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
ASMT500 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I

STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
Spring STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III

ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III

ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III

ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
Summer PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  
Fall CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology

PSYS500 History & Systems
CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology

PSYS500 History & Systems
CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology

PSYS 520 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Winter PSYS502Cognitive Bases of Behavior

PSYS504Affective Bases of Behavior

PSYS 505 Psy Sci II: Biological Bases of Behavior: Biological Psychology
PSYS502Cognitive Bases of Behavior

PSYS504Affective Bases of Behavior

PSYS 505 Psy Sci II: Biological Bases of Behavior: Biological Psychology
PSYS502 Cognitive Bases of Behavior

PSYS504 Affective Bases of Behavior

PSYS 525 Assessing and Managing Risk
Spring Break CLIN506 Clinical Interviewing     
Spring PSYS509 Biological Bases of Behavior II: Psychopharmacology

CLIN 508 Introduction of Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Approaches

CLIN 501 Professional Standards I
   

 

 

Free Continuing Education Courses for all Students

Students in all programs are encouraged to supplement their curriculum with courses from PAU's Continuing and Professional Studies Division. This extensive catalog of on-demand courses is free to students!

Continuing & Professional Studies Forensic Courses Counseling Practice and Essentials

Online Virtual Classroom

The MS in Psychology program is a part-time, online program. The schedule is planned for students who are working part-time or full-time, with coursework that can be completed during evenings and on weekends.

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Expert Faculty

The MS in Psychology program at PAU is an online program led by highly qualified professors with extensive knowledge of their concentrations.

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Jessica Tan, MS
Jessica Tan, MS in Psychology, Developer Experience Researcher at Google

"The MS program at Palo Alto University contributed to my career by giving a strong foundation of knowledge in experimental research methods, statistics and clinical interviewing. I have been able to use these areas of knowledge in my day-to-day work as a UX Researcher through analyzing qualitative and quantitative user data as well as during user interviews. The MS program also taught me how to balance multiple projects at once, since I was attending the MS program while working full time."

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