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 licensure options.
  • High internship placement rate including a 99% APA-accredited match rate for 2020-21 for the Ph.D. program,100% APA-accredited internship match rate for the PGSP-Stanford PsyD 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 PhD and PsyD programs.

PAU Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Program

Entry Requirements

Program Length

Locations

Tuition and Fees per Unit: 20-21

Estimated Total Program Cost

B.S. Business Psychology

84 quarter units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.

2 years

Hybrid: De Anza College and Online

$479

$40,960 for 92 units

B.S. Psychology and Social Action

84 quarter units of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited university or community college.

2 Years

De Anza College or Online

$479

$40,960 for 92 units

Master's Degree Programs

Program

Required Degree

Program Length

Locations

Tuition and Fees per Unit: 20-21

Estimated Total Program Cost

MA in Counseling Hybrid

Bachelor's Degree 

9 quarters

Palo Alto

$580

$53,940

MA in Counseling Online Bachelor's Degree 9 quarters or 11 quarters Online with two on-campus, 1-week residencies $580 $53,940

MS in Psychology - PhD Prep Track

Bachelor's Degree 

7 quarters

Online and a 1-week, on-campus residency 

$941

$44,697.50

MS in Psychology - Generalist Track Bachelor's Degree  6 quarters   $941 $34,817
MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology Track Bachelor's Degree  6 quarters   $941 $34,817
Doctoral Programs

Program

Required Degree

Average Program Length

Locations

Flat Rate per Quarter: 20-21

Estimated Total Program Cost

PhD Clinical Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

5 years

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

Palo Alto $19,362 $215,125
PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium   Bachelor's Degree 5 years

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

Palo Alto and Stanford $19,362 $238,187

 

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.

 
 
 
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