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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 Once admitted, PAU guarantees 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

Name of Program

Minimum Level of Education for Entry

Application & Enrollment Information
for 2016

Average Time for Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year*
(2018-19)

B.S. Business Psychology

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

54 Applications, 24 Enrolled

2 years

Los Altos,
Cupertino
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.

97 Applications, 43 Enrolled

2 Years

Cupertino,
San Mateo
or Online

$22,752

Graduate Programs

Name of Program

Minimum Level of Education for Entry

Application and Enrollment Information for 2016

Average Time for Completion

Locations

Costs Per Year* 
(2018-2019)

M.A. Counseling (MFT/LPCC)

Bachelor's degree 

111 Applications, 89 Enrolled

2 years, 3 months (on-campus)
2 years, 9 months (online)

Palo Alto, Los Altos or Online with 1-Week Residency

$23,064 (on-campus) $18,871 (online)

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

Bachelor's degree 

46 Applications, 25 Enrolled

2 years

Online with 1-week residency 

$21,690

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

251 Applications, 76 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos

$52,527

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D.Consortium

Bachelor's Degree

317 Applications, 32 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos and Stanford

$55,830

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

Learn more about the difference between the Psy.D. PGSP-Stanford Consortium and Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program.  

 

 
 
 

Contact

1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888

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