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Admissions Requirements


Applications for Fall 2018 will be open September 13, 2017. 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. 

Coursework: In order to ensure a smooth transition into graduate study, PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium strongly recommends 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of Psychology coursework including courses in: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Biopsychology, and Developmental Psychology.

Clinical Experience: To ensure that applicants have an understanding of the career to which they are committing themselves, strong preference is given to applicants with some form of clinical experience (e.g., crisis line, assessments, case management, therapy, etc.).
Application Deadlines
Early Consideration Deadline:        December 4, 2017
General Consideration Deadline:    January 2, 2018

Finalists will be extended invitations to interview at the PAU – PGSP and Stanford University campuses during the application review period, which ranges from December through March. Interviews are conducted in person to provide prospective students the opportunity to visit the campuses, meet faculty and students, and gain an understanding of mutual degree of fit between the Psy.D. Consortium and the prospective student.

Application Checklist

Please note: All materials should be submitted through PSYCAS, not directly to the PAU Admissions Office. 

1. Application Form:

The application form may be filed directly online here.

Admissions items may be uploaded electronically. Please follow the steps below to guarantee a successful application submission.
  1. Submit online application - In the PSYCAS system. Instructions for applying through PSYCAS can be found here
  2. Upload Documents - Materials should be uploaded through the PSYCAS system. 
  3. Assign Letter of Recommendation Writers Within the PSYCAS system, you will be prompted to enter the names and email addresses of your references. After submitting this information, an email will automatically be sent to your references with instructions on how to complete the online form and how to upload the letter of recommendation.
2. Application Fee:
The application fee is $50.00 for the first program application in PSYCAS, and $35 for subsequent applications to additional programs. The APA offers a fee waiver opportunity for students who qualify.

3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Please include a resume or CV that lists all employment, training, and any volunteer work relevant to the field of psychology as well as other full-time employment.

4. Official Transcripts:

Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions attended must be sent directly from the institution, even if a degree was not awarded. Official transcripts should be mailed by the issuing institution directly to the PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center. Instructions for submitting transcripts can be found here. The PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center mailing address is as follows:

PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9138
Watertown, MA 02471

5. GRE Test Scores:

GRE General test scores are required. Psychology Subject test scores are highly valued, but not required. The PAU institutional code: 7483.

6. Statement of Purpose: 

Please answer the following questions in the Statement of Purpose

(Formatting: Double spaced, typed, maximum 1,000 words)

1. Brief autobiographical sketch, including what led to your interest in clinical psychology

2. What are the strengths and accomplishments that have prepared you for graduate psychology training in clinical psychology. What skills and knowledge, including academic preparation, research experience, and clinical experience, have prepared you for graduate school?

3. Discussion of your future career goals as a clinical psychologist that addresses the following: Why do you want to become a clinical psychologist and what aspects of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium will help you reach these goals?

7. Letters of Recommendation: 

Provide three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s ability and/or potential for rigorous graduate study, clinical work, and/or research. Whenever possible, PAU recommends seeking recommendations from faculty members in psychology or practicing professionals in psychology or other mental health disciplines. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the PSYCAS system.

8. International Students:

For students whose first language is not English, a demonstrated proficiency in English is required for admission. PAU recognizes the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as measures of English language proficiency.

If a transcript was obtained from an international institution, PAU requires that international transcript be evaluated and translated. PAU's preferred evaluation/translation service is World Educational Services (WES), and applicants can request a WES evaluation through the PSYCAS system.

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Candidate Selection:

The PGSP – Stanford University Psy.D. Consortium aims to attract and educate students who are distinguished by their academic achievement, capacity for critical thinking, interpersonal skills, motivation to become exceptional clinicians, and commitment to service. Preference is given to applicants who:

  • Have demonstrated an interest in the field of psychology through relevant coursework and/or professional experiences.
  • An overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 3.3, a graduate grade-point average of at least 3.5 (if applicable).
  • An overall GRE score greater than 305/1200.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated in the admissions interview.

Since applicants with a GRE score under 300/1100 and/or a GPA below 3.1 are highly unlikely to receive an interview offer to our program, we strongly encourage these applicants to strengthen their application (e.g., retake GREs after preparation, obtain a Master’s degree with a strong graduate school GPA, etc.) prior to applying to the Consortium.

Each application is given a comprehensive review by the admissions committee. All aspects of the application, including undergraduate academic record (and graduate record, if applicable), general GRE scores, professional and/or research experience, and strong recommendations are qualities carefully considered. Although the program uses these criteria to inform the student selection process, it also assumes that recruitment of a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse are very important to the educational process. Thus, factors such as the quality of early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, and life or work experiences are also considered.

Admissions Offers

Offers of admission will be made via telephone by April 1, 2017 or shortly thereafter. The deadline for applicants to notify the program of their decision to accept or decline an admissions offer is April 15, 2017.


Admission Policy

If admission is offered, the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and Palo Alto University reserve the right to withdraw that offer of admission if:

1. You have misrepresented yourself in the application process.

2. We learn that you have engaged in behavior prior to matriculation that indicates a serious lack of judgment or integrity.

3. You show a significant drop in academic performance or fail to graduate from a program in which you are currently enrolled.

The Consortium adheres to the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Guidelines pertaining to admissions offers.

All applicants to, and students enrolled in, the program should be assured Palo Alto University practices a nondiscrimination policy regarding disability, gender, military status, age, race, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origins in admission, employment, and in the administration of its program and activities. Any otherwise qualified student, or applicant, with a disability may request reasonable accommodation regarding the application process and services as a prospective or enrolled student. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be submitted to the Vice President of Student Services, Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, California 94304; telephone 800-818-6136.

PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)




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