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Non-Matriculated Students


At this time, the University's MA in Counseling program is at capacity, and we are unable to accommodate non-matriculated students. We will update our website should space again become available. 


Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school. PGSP was first accredited in 1986 by the regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
PAU continues to support the growing body of mental health professionals via its continued education program, where non-matriculated students are able to take a few courses in our master’s in counseling program. Palo Alto University offers courses online as well as on-campus. Courses are offered based on availability.

Who is a Non-Matriculated Student?

Students looking for a few courses to meet licensing requirements
Students needing courses to complete their masters at another University
Students wanting to get a refresher course for their own needs after attaining a masters
Students wanting to try Graduate courses
Students at PAU undergraduate program doing Early Start

Who is a NOT a Non-Matriculated Student?

Students still completing their Undergraduate degree (unless PAU students in the Early Start)
Students wanting a Degree upon taking these courses
Students wanting to take more than 15 units

Eligibility to enroll as a Non-Matriculated Student

Undergraduate degree completed (unoffical transcripts)


Enrollment Process for Non-Matriculated Students

Step 1: Complete the Non-Matriculated Student Application
Step 2: Admissions counselor will contact you to setup your online interview
Step 3: Courses requested will be sent to program director for approval
Step 4: Acceptance letter will be sent to you via email
Step 5: You will receive a PAU email with login information to make payments
Step 6: You will be setup for orientation
Once students are registered for courses, you MUST make payment within 2 days to reserve your spot.
As a Non-Matriculated student, you are not covered by the University Liability Insurance
You will need to have your own malpractice insurance
Non-Matriculated students are cash/check/CC paying and not eligible for federal financial aid
Non-Matriculated students are not eligible for practicum courses
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