MS in Psychology Curriculum

Program Structure

The M.S. Psychology program consists of 37.5 or 47 quarter units of coursework, depending on the chosen track. There is no thesis requirement. Courses are taken over six or seven consecutive quarters (including summer) beginning only in fall quarter.

  Units   Quarters  
PhD Prep Track 47 7
Generalist Track 37.5 6
Forensic Psychology Track 37.5 6

Students take two or three courses during most quarters. Students in the PhD Prep Track are required to travel to Palo Alto for a one-week intensive course in clinical interviewing.

Didactic Coursework

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 an MS 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 PhD program, and many courses are taught by the same faculty members as the on-campus program. This ensures high quality instruction in both the online and on-campus programs. PAU's institutional data indicate that the performance of students in the online PhD Prep program is comparable to that of students taking the same curriculum on campus.

Sample Schedules

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

  PhD Prep Track   Generalist Track   Forensic Psychology Track  
Fall
  • MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development
  • PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
  • MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development
  • PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
  • MTHD509 Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSYS501 Child & Adolescent Development
  • PSYS507 Adult Development & Aging
Winter
  • ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I
  • STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
  • ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I
  • STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
  • ASMT501 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis I
  • STAT510 Research Methods and Statistics II
Spring
  • STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III
  • ASMT502 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
  • STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III
  • ASMT502 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
  • STAT511 Research Methods and Statistics III
  • ASMT502 Psychopathology & Psychodiagnosis II
Summer
  • PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  
  • PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  
  • PSYS511 Social & Personality Psychology  
Fall
  • CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYS500 History & Systems
  • CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYS500 History & Systems
  • CLIN500 Ethics in Clinical Psychology
  • PSYS 520 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Winter
  • PSYS502 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS504 Affective Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS 505 Psy Sci II: Biological Bases of Behavior: Biological Psychology
  • PSYS502 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS504 Affective Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS 505 Psy Sci II: Biological Bases of Behavior: Biological Psychology
  • PSYS502 Cognitive Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS504 Affective Bases of Behavior
  • PSYS 525 Assessing and Managing Risk
Spring Break
  • CLIN506 Clinical Interviewing
   
Spring
  • PSYS509 Biological Bases of Behavior II: Psychopharmacology
  • CLIN 508 Introduction of Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Approaches
  • CLIN 501 Professional Standards I
   

 

 
 
 
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