M.S. Psychology Curriculum

Program Structure

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.

Students take two or 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.

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 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.

2019-20 Academic Year Schedule

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

Year 1

Fall Quarter

Units

MTHD509

Research Methods and Statistics I

4

PSYS501

Child and Adolescent Development

1.5

PSYS507

Adult Development and Aging

1.5

Year 1

Winter Quarter

 

ASMT500

Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis I

3

STAT510

Research Methods and Statistics II

4

Year 1

Spring Quarter

 

STAT511

Research Methods and Statistics III

4

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

 

CLIN500

Ethics in Clinical Psychology

3

PSYS500

History and Systems

3

Year 2

Winter Quarter

 

PSYS509

Psychopharmacology

2.5

PSYS511

Social and Personality and Psychology

3

CLIN501 Professional Standards I 1

Year 2

Spring Quarter

 

PSYS505

Neuropsychology

2.5

PSYS502

Cognitive Bases of Behavior

2.5

PSYS504 Affective Bases of Behavior 2.5