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PsyD Admission Deadlines Application review begins Nov 1, 2022. Apply by Nov 15, 2022 for early consideration
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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution, or the international equivalent.

In addition to the suggested prerequisites, we strongly recommend applicants have related volunteer or work experience in the mental health field and experience with research.

GRE scores are not required for admission to PAU doctoral degree programs for the 22-23 admissions cycle. GRE scores will not be considered in the review of applications, even if students provide them.

Application Deadlines

  • Application review for the fall 2023 cohort begins November 1, 2022.
  • Apply by November 15, 2022 for early consideration.
  • Apply by January 3, 2023 for regular consideration.

Recommended Prerequisites

Coursework: In order to ensure a smooth transition into graduate study, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium strongly recommends 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of psychology coursework including courses in:

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Biopsychology
  • 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.).

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Application Details

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

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Complete an application online in the PSYCAS system. The application for fall 2023 will be available in early September 2022. 

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The application fee is $80.00 for the first program application in PSYCAS and $40 for subsequent applications to additional programs. The APA offers a fee waiver opportunity for students who qualify. PAU does not require an additional application fee.

PsyCAS Application Fees and Fee Waivers

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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 or electronically delivered by the issuing institution directly to the PSYCAS Transcript Processing Center. Instructions for submitting transcripts can be found on the PSYCAS website.

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.


International Applicants

If you attended an institution outside of the US, PAU requires that your transcript be evaluated and, if applicable, translated. You may select any vendor that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit the NACES website for a complete list of members. Your course-by-course evaluation should be sent directly to PSYCAS. More information on submitting foreign coursework to PSYCAS can be found within the application and via the Applicant Help Center.
Palo Alto University has partnered with the following agencies to provide applicants with convenient ordering sites and direct delivery of evaluations to the Office of Admission. If choosing one of these agencies, applicants are encouraged to use the links below. (*Discount available via link.)



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The resume or CV should list professional and academic experience, education, awards, publications, etc.


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Letters of recommendation from three academic or professional references are required. Personal references, such as family, friends, therapists or informal mentors, will not be accepted. They should be faculty members in psychology or practicing professionals in psychology or another mental health discipline whenever possible. If you have questions about whether a recommender is acceptable, please reach out to your admissions counselor

Letters are requested and submitted through the PSYCAS system. Applicants will electronically submit their recommenders' names and email addresses who will receive a request to complete the recommendation form. Three letters are required.

Submitting Evaluations to PsyCAS

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The purpose of the personal statement is to provide a sample of the applicant’s ability to write academically and professionally and to learn about any qualifications/life events that were not captured in the application.
Formatting: Double-space and limit to 1,000 words.
  • Brief autobiographical sketch, including what led to your interest in clinical psychology
  • What strengths and accomplishments 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?
  • 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?
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The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for international applicants whose undergraduate studies were in a language other than English a TOEFL or IELTS exam is required. Scores can be submitted through PSYCAS. These exams are not required for international students who earned their bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries.

Sending TOEFL Scores to PsyCAS

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The GRE and GRE Psychology Subject Tests will not be required of applicants for the 2022-23 admissions cycle. Our process will be test-blind: the Admissions Committee will not consider test scores even if submitted by the student. 

PSYCAS offers an online centralized application portal for you to apply to master’s and doctoral programs across the discipline of psychology.

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PAU’s doctoral programs have been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)

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PSYCAS offers an online centralized application portal for you to apply to master’s and doctoral programs across the discipline of psychology.
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