MS in Psychology Program Admissions

MS in Psychology Application Deadline Apply by August 4, 2023 Apply on Psycas
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The MS in Psychology program admits students once a year for the fall term, which starts in September. The program offers four concentrations, all offered in a synchronous, online format.

  • Technology and Mental Health Concentration (6 quarters)
  • Generalist Concentration (6 quarters)
  • Forensic Psychology Concentration (6 quarters)
  • PhD Prep Concentration (7 quarters)

All four concentrations require the same application materials and process. 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

GRE scores are not required for admission to the master's degree program.

Application Deadlines

The MS in Psychology 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.

The MS in Psychology program begins in the fall quarter only and classes typically begin after Labor Day weekend in early September. Review the admission deadlines below:

  • April 28, 2023: Priority Deadline
  • August 4, 2023: Regular Deadline

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance of deadlines. Allow plenty of time for transcripts and letters of recommendation to arrive at Palo Alto University. Applications submitted closer to the deadline frequently cannot be reviewed because supporting documents are not received in a timely manner.


Applications for fall 2022 open September 8, 2022. PAU uses the American Psychological Association’s (APA), Psychology Centralized Application Service (PSYCAS). In preparation for applying, you will need a copy of your transcript(s) available for your review. 


A GPA of 3.3 or higher is recommended. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the international equivalent. For applicants to the MS in Psychology program, you must be located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education.


If an applicant's undergraduate major was not psychology, four prerequisite courses are required for the MS in Psychology program. These courses must be completed with a grade of B or better:
  • Developmental psychology
  • Physiological or biological psychology
  • Personality or abnormal psychology
  • Statistics

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Admissions Snapshot 2021-22 Application Cycle
MS Total Applicants 92
Admit Rate 87.1%
Final Cohort Size 36

Demographic Summary: Fall 2022 Deposited MS in Psychology Students

Self-Reported Race

Hispanic 13.89%
American Indian N/A
Asian 13.89%
Black 5.56%
Pacific Islander 2.78%
White 36.11%
Two or More Races 25.00%
No Response 2.78%

Gender Identity

Male 25.00%
Female 72.22%
Decline to State 2.78%


Average Cumulative Undergraduate GPA 3.23

Other Demographics

Average Age at Application 27.6 (Range: 21-43)
US Citizenship 100%
First Generation 41.67%
Native Languages
Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, Spanish