Admissions

Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is a non-profit and accredited institution dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.

Palo Alto University (PAU) offers a high-quality, tailored, competitive education with world-renowned faculty and instructors, at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. At PAU, students experience the following:

  • Faculty with rich, research-based backgrounds, and excellent teaching methods. 
  • Clinical training with potential licensure options.
  • High internship placement rate including 97% APA-accredited internship match rate for the Ph.D. program,100% APA-accredited internship match rate for the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium program (in 2013 and 2014; see APA Data), and 98% practicum placement rate for the M.A. Counseling Program.
  • Tuition stabilization, guaranteeing no tuition increases for the duration of a student's program.
  • Regional accreditation by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) for all degrees.  American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation for the Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs.

PAU Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Program

Entry Requirements

Average Time to Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year*

(2019-20)

B.S. Business Psychology

90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.

2 years

De Anza College or Online

$22,752

B.S. Psychology and Social Action

90 quarter units or 60 semester units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.

2 Years

De Anza College or Online

$22,752

Graduate Programs

Program

Required Degree

Average Time to Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year* 

(2019-20)

M.A. Counseling Hybrid

Bachelor's Degree 

2 years, 3 months

 

Palo Alto

 

$23,044 

 

M.A Counseling Online Bachelor's Degree 2 years, 9 months Online with 1-week residency $17,070

M.S. Psychology (Ph.D. Prep)

Bachelor's Degree 

2 years

Online with 1-week residency 

$21,687

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

5 years**

Palo Alto

$52,527

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D.Consortium

Bachelor's Degree

5 years**

Palo Alto and Stanford

$56,946

Additional costs per year include books and supplies, computer and headset, possible travel or student membership dues, transportation, health insurance, and local living expenses for residential students. These expenses vary for residential versus online and graduate versus undergraduate. The financial aid office assists in outlining these expenses.  PAU offers several funding options from federal, state, and local sources

**Includes culmination of both degrees, pre-doctoral internship and dissertation; does not include clinical licensure

 

 
 
 
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