MS in Psychology Program Admissions

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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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