PhD Candidate Selection


Based on an initial review of PhD applications, qualified applicants are invited to participate in one of our PhD Interview Weekends to meet faculty and students, as well as learn more about the program and co-curricular offerings. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we plan to host all interview weekends virtually for the 21-22 admissions cycle. 

Candidate Selection

PAU aims to attract and educate students who are distinguished by their academic achievement, capacity for critical thinking, interpersonal skills, motivation to become exceptional clinicians, and commitment to service.

Each application is given a comprehensive review by the admissions committee. All aspects of the application, including academic record, professional and/or research experience, and strong recommendations are qualities carefully considered. In addition, PAU actively seeks to recruit and enroll a student body that is both highly qualified and richly diverse. Thus, factors such as the quality of early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, and life or work experiences are also considered.

Admission Policy

If you are offered admission, the Palo Alto University reserves the right to withdraw that offer of admission if:

  1. You have misrepresented yourself in the application process.
  2. We learn that you have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity.
  3. You show a significant drop in academic performance or fail to graduate.
  4. If the class fills to capacity prior to a student completing the enrollment agreement.

All applicants to, and students enrolled in, the program should be assured PAU practices a nondiscrimination policy regarding disability, gender, military status, age, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origins in admission, employment, and in the administration of its program and activities. Any otherwise qualified student, or applicant, with a disability may request reasonable accommodation regarding the application process and services as a prospective or enrolled student.

Requests for accommodation of a disability should be submitted to the Vice President of Student Services, Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA  94304; telephone 650-433-3818.

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