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Master of Science in Psychology Online

Program Summary

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology is a part-time, online program that serves as a:

  • Ph.D. prep program designed to prepare students for Ph.D. studies in clinical psychology at PAU or another institution.
  • Terminal degree designed for those interested in research or education. 


Program Tracks

The MS program provides three options for students:

Ph.D. Prep Track 

Upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements, accepted and qualified students may transition into the Palo Alto University residential Ph.D. program (entering at the second year of the Ph.D. program). Students have the opportunity to demonstrate to PAU, and to themselves, that they are well-prepared for doctoral-level work in Psychology.

Master of Science in Psychology Track

For students not interested in continuing to the PhD, the program provides a terminal degree in Psychology, which can be used in a wide range of settings, including fields like education and User Experience (UX) design.

Transition to the M.A. in Counseling Track

After the first year of the MS program, some students decide their skills and interest are a better fit for counseling, rather than psychology. These students may opt to transfer into the PAU M.A. in Counseling program after their first year. 80% of MS units are transferrable to the MA in Counseling program.


Program Leadership

Dr. Eduardo Bunge is the Director of the M.S. Psychology program at Palo Alto University. Learn more about Dr. Bunge.


Program Benefits

  • Part-time, online coursework allows participants time for employment and other obligations.
  • All coursework is delivered online and can be completed evenings and weekends. 
  • Gain knowledge for career advancement in the field of psychology, research assisting, publishing and content design, education and curriculum development, or business.
  • Begin pursuing a doctoral degree without relocating.
  • Lay the foundation for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with the confidence that the M.S. credits can all transfer to Palo Alto University's Ph.D. program.
  • Achieve cost savings for the first year of a Ph.D. program through lower tuition, not having to relocate, and the ability to continue earning an income.
  • Work with accomplished professors who have many years of academic experience.


Why Choose This Program?

  • An MS in Psychology may support career advancement in fields that require social science research capability and an understanding of human behavior.
  • Students who successfully complete all coursework are awarded a terminal M.S. degree in psychology that can be applied to careers in human services and related non-profit causes, publishing, technology, assisting in psychological research, teaching at the community college level, or other professions and businesses.
  • The M.S. in Psychology degree is not clinical and does not qualify graduates for licensure to practice marriage and family therapy or clinical mental health counseling. 
  • Student seeking the MFT or LPCC credential should apply to Palo Alto University's M.A. Counseling program, program, which leads to Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure in California or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in many of the 50 U.S. states and other countries.


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