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The MA in Counseling program admits students twice a year - for the spring term, which starts in April, and the fall term, which starts in September. Both starts offer an online and in-person delivery option, however the fall start offers students the opportunity to complete the program in either 9 or 11 quarters. Applicants are encouraged to review the information below carefully, and to plan plenty of time to complete the application process.

Quick Application Checklist

  • Online Application via PsyCAS
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume or CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
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Application Deadlines

The MA in Counseling program admits students on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed and admissions interviews are scheduled as soon as all application materials are received. Applicants are typically notified of their admission decision within a few weeks of their interview. The deadlines listed below are final deadlines, but applicants are encouraged to apply early for early consideration. Although applications will be accepted until the posted deadlines, space in the program may fill up before then. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure space is still available.

Spring Start: April 2022

Application Opens: September 13, 2021
March 5, 2022: Regular Deadline

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Fall Start: September 2022

Application Opens: September 13, 2021
July 31, 2022: Regular Deadline

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Join the Office of Admissions for an in-depth look at the admissions process for the MA in Counseling program. Our Admissions team will walk participants through the step-by-step process of applying using the central PsyCAS system.

Thursday, October 21
5 PM PT

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Application Details

International Students

International students are eligible to apply for the online Masters in Counseling program if they intend to remain in their home country while enrolled in the program.

International students currently living in the U.S. in F-1 status, and students who would need to receive an F-1 visa in order to study in the United States, are not eligible to apply for PAU Masters in Counseling on-campus format.

Where to Send Application Documents

Most documents can be submitted electronically via the application process in PSYCAS. Transcripts and test scores should be sent directly to PSYCAS. Instructions can be found via the PSYCAS Applicant Help Center. Paper transcripts can be mailed to the following address:

PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center

P.O. Box 9138

Watertown, MA 02471

After enrolling in the program, conditionally admitted students must submit final official transcripts directly to the Office of Admission as soon as possible. Failure to submit final official transcripts by the first day of classes will result in a registration hold. Any student who does not submit final transcripts by the end of the first quarter will be dropped from their courses.

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Contact Us

Application Questions

Contact the Office of Admission at 800-818-6136 or admissions@paloaltou.edu.

Financial Aid Questions

Contact a Financial Aid counselor, financialaid@paloaltou.edu.

Questions About Academics, Locations and Formats

Email or call one of the Master's Program Contacts.

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