MS in Psychology Program Admissions

Quick Application Checklist

  1. Online Application in PSYCAS
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  5. Letters of Recommendation
  6. Statement of Purpose

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Application Deadlines

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 30, 2021: Priority Deadline
  • August 6, 2021: 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.

Where to Send 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.

MS in Psychology Admission Requirements

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.

Recommended Qualifications

A GPA of 3.3 or higher is recommended. If the undergraduate major was not psychology, four prerequisite courses are required for the MS in Psychology program:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Physiological or biological psychology
  • Personality or abnormal psychology
  • Statistics

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

For overseas international applicants remaining in their home country to apply for the program, the TOEFL exam is required. For international students who earned their bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries, the TOEFL is not required.

Acceptance and Enrollment

Students accepted into the MS in Psychology program receive an official acceptance letter by e-mail. To enroll in the program, students who have been accepted must submit an enrollment agreement.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to secure financial aid after being accepted into the program should begin that process as soon as possible after being accepted by completing the FAFSA. Once the FAFSA is complete, the PAU Financial Aid office will send the student a PAU financial aid application.

For application questions, contact the PAU Office of Admissions toll-free at (800) 818-6136. For questions pertaining to financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at To learn more about Palo Alto University's MS in Psychology program's academics, locations, and formats, email or call one of the Master's Program Contacts.

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