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M.S. Psychology Curriculum

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Coursework for the online Palo Alto University M.S. Psychology Ph.D. Prep program can be done from anywhere in the world.

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The M.S. Psychology program consists of 44-quarter units of coursework. There is no thesis requirement.

Courses are taken over a two-years (seven consecutive quarters, including summer) beginning only in fall quarter.

The courses are structured so that students take two to three courses during most quarters. During the summer of the first year, students are required to travel to Palo Alto for a one-week intensive course in clinical interviewing.

With the exception of the summer clinical interviewing course in Palo Alto, the courses are didactic in nature and do not include an applied clinical component. That is why the specific degree associated with the program is M.S. in Psychology, not clinical psychology, even though some of the content is relevant to clinical psychology.

The curriculum for this online program is similar to the first year of Palo Alto University's residential Ph.D. program, and many courses are taught by the same faculty members as the on-campus program. This ensures that the quality of instruction in the online program is as high as the on-campus program. PAU's institutional data indicate that the performance of students in the online Ph.D. prep program is comparable to that of students taking the same curriculum on campus.

The schedule below is for the 2017-18 academic year.

For course descriptions, please see the Palo Alto University Catalog.

Year 1

Fall Quarter

Units

PSYS500

History and Systems

3

PSYS501

Child and Adolescent Development

1.5

PSYS507

Adult Development and Aging

1.5

Year 1

Winter Quarter

 

PSYS502

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

2.5

PSYS504

Affective Bases of Behavior

2.5

ASMT500

Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis I

3

Year 1

Spring Quarter

 

CLIN500

Ethics in Clinical Psychology

3

CLIN501

Professional Standards I

1

ASMT501

Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis II

3

Year 1

Summer Quarter
(One-week onsite in Palo Alto, CA)

 

CLIN515

Clinical Interviewing

3

Year 2

Fall Quarter

 

PSYS505

Neuropsychology

2.5

MTHD509

Research Methods and Statistics

4

Year 2

Winter Quarter

 

PSYS509

Psychopharmacology

2.5

STAT510

Research Methods and Statistics II

4

Year 2

Spring Quarter

 

PSYS511

Social and Personality Psychology

3

STAT511

Research Methods and Statistics III

4

 

 
 
 

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