How to Apply

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1. Online Application

Applicants must complete the online application for the MS in Psychology program in PSYCAS. Before applying, please make sure you are located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education.

2. Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee must be paid to complete the application. In PSYCAS, the first application fee is $80, and subsequent application fees for additional programs are $40 each. The APA offers a fee waiver opportunity for students who qualify.

3. Official Transcripts

College transcripts verifying a bachelor's degree are required. Only official, sealed transcripts from the registrar's office of each institution are acceptable. Official transcripts should be mailed by the issuing institution directly to the PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center. Instructions for submitting transcripts can be found on the PSYCAS website.

After enrolling in the program, students may send final transcripts directly to PAU at

International Applicants

If you attended an institution outside of the U.S., PAU requires that your transcript be evaluated and, if applicable, translated. You may select any vendor that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services (NACES). Please visit for a complete list of members. Your course-by-course evaluation should be sent directly to PSYCAS. More information on submitting foreign coursework to PSYCAS can be found within the application and via the Application Help Center.

Palo Alto University has partnered with the following agencies to provide applicants with convenient ordering sites and direct delivery of evaluations to the Office of Admission. If choosing one of these agencies, applicants are encouraged to use the links below. (*Discount available via link.)

International Education Evaluations, LLC SpanTran: The Evaluation Company *
4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

The resume or CV should list professional and academic experience, education, awards, publications, etc.

5. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references should be submitted through the PSYCAS system. Applicants will electronically submit the names and email addresses of their recommenders who will receive a request to complete the recommendation form. Three letters are required.

6. Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose serves as a sample of the applicant's ability to write in an academic and professional manner. It should be two to three 1.5-line-spaced pages and should represent the highest quality of expression and scholarship. Review the following points to cover in the Statement of Purpose:

  • A brief autobiographical sketch/background, including what led to an interest in a psychology pre-doctoral program.
  • Details of goals and purpose in applying to Palo Alto University and how this applies to future career goals.
  • Strengths and accomplishments thus far that have prepared the applicant for graduate psychology education.
  • Personal qualities that will be important assets as a practicing psychologist.


After applications are received, applicants who satisfy admission requirements are selected for interviews with the faculty via video conference.

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