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Application Deadlines

Undergraduate Admissions Information

  • Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Enrollment date of mid-September 2024.

Undergraduate | Apply Here

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admissions Information

  • Spring 2024: Apply by March 3, 2024
  • Fall 2024:  Apply by July 28, 2024

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Apply on PsyCAS

MS in Psychology Admissions Information

  • Fall 2024: Apply by August 4, 2024

MS in Psychology | Apply on PsyCAS

Online Master of Social Work

  • Applications Open:   September 9, 2024
  • Application Deadline:
    • Priority:  January 31, 2025
    • Regular: March 31, 2025

Master of Social Work | Apply on PsyCAS

PhD in Clinical Psychology Admissions Information

  • Application Review Begins: November 1, 2023
  • Regular Consideration Deadline: January 7, 2024

PhD in Clinical Psychology | Apply on PsyCAS

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision Admission Information

  • Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision | Apply on PsyCAS

PsyD in Clinical Psychology Admissions Information

  • Early consideration deadline is December 1, 2023 
  • Regular consideration deadline is January 7, 2024

PsyD in Clinical Psychology | Apply on PsyCAS

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Undergraduate Applicants

With no application fee and a pre-application transfer evaluation available, our application process is simple and designed for transfer students. Use PAU’s online portal to submit your application for our Bachelor of Science programs in Psychology & Social Action or Business Psychology. If you are new to the application process, we recommend a pre-application transcript review to ensure that all prerequisite requirements are complete.

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Graduate Applicants

You will need a copy of your transcript as you complete the application process. The GRE will not be required of applicants for the 2023-24 admissions cycle. Our process will be test-blind: test scores will not be considered by the Admissions Committee even if submitted by the student. Applications to PAU’s master's and doctoral programs are processed through the Psychology Centralized Application Service (PsyCAS), administered by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Office of Admissions and Outreach

Palo Alto University’s Office of Admissions and Outreach is eager to answer all your admissions questions and connect you with helpful resources as you embark on your application process.
Please direct all general inquiries to admissions@paloaltou.edu, or you can call 650-417-2039.
Due to our remote work, our phone line is not staffed live. Please leave us a message, and we will return your call shortly.

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Contact Financial Aid for Assistance

The Financial Aid Counselors are here to assist you with the application of and processing of your financial aid, understanding all of your financial options, and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Financial Aid Drop-In Office Hours

In person office hours will be available on Thursdays and Fridays from 7am-3pm building 2 room 208. You can contact the Office of Financial Aid to set up in person appointments. 

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About Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University (PAU), a private, non-profit university located in the heart of Northern California’s Silicon Valley, is dedicated to addressing pressing and emerging issues in the fields of psychology and counseling that meet the needs of today’s diverse society. PAU offers undergraduate and graduate programs that are led by faculty who make significant contributions to their field. Online, hybrid and residential program options are available. PAU was founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. PAU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). PAU’s doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and its master’s in counseling programs by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).