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Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution, or the international equivalent. Applicants to this program must be located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education. International students may apply for the program if they plan to remain in their home country while enrolled. PAU is unable to enroll students on a student visa into this program. 
GRE scores are not required for admission to PAU master's degree programs. GRE scores will not be considered in the review of applications, even if students provide them.
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Application Details

Online ApplicationToggle Accordion

Applicants must complete the online application for the MS in Psychology program in PSYCAS. Before applying, please make sure you are located in a state in which we are authorized to provide online education.

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Application FeeToggle Accordion

A non-refundable application fee must be paid to complete the application. In PSYCAS, the first application fee is $80, and subsequent application fees for additional programs are $40 each. PSYCAS offers a fee waiver opportunity for students who qualify.

PSYCAS Application Fees and Fee Waivers

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<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<h4>International Applicants</h4>
<p>If you attended an institution outside of the U.S., 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 Evaluations Services (NACES). Please visit <a href=""></a> 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 Application Help Center.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<li>International Education Evaluations, LLC</li>
<li>SpanTran: The Evaluation Company</li>
<p>If choosing one of these agencies, applicants are encouraged to use the links below.</p>

International Education Evaluations, LLC SpanTran: The Evaluation Company SENDING OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO PSYCAS

Resume or Curriculum VitaeToggle Accordion

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. 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 the names and email addresses of their recommenders who will receive a request to complete the recommendation form. Three letters are required.

Submitting Evaluations to PsyCAS

Personal StatementToggle Accordion

The personal statement serves as a sample of the applicant's ability to write in an academic and professional manner. It should be two to three 1.5-line-spaced pages and should represent the highest quality of expression and scholarship.

Review the following points to cover in the Statement of Purpose:


  • A brief autobiographical sketch, including what led to an interest in a psychology graduate program. 
  • Details of goals and purpose in applying to Palo Alto University and how this applies to future career goals. 
  • Strengths and accomplishments thus far that have prepared the applicant for graduate psychology education. 
  • Personal qualities that will be important assets as a psychologist or in your chosen career field.

TOEFL or IELTSToggle Accordion

For international applicants remaining in their home country and applying to the online format, and those whose undergraduate studies were in a language other than English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required. Scores can be submitted through PSYCAS. For international students who earned their bachelor's degree in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries, these exams are not required.

Sending TOEFL Scores to PsyCAS

Once Your Application is Complete


After applications are received, applicants who satisfy admission requirements are selected for a one-on-one interview with a faculty interviewer via video Zoom.

Acceptance and Enrollment

Students accepted into the MS in Psychology program receive an official acceptance letter by e-mail. To enroll in the program, students who have been accepted must submit an enrollment agreement after receiving their acceptance letter to secure their place.

Financial Aid

For students who wish to secure financial aid, it is important to begin that process as soon as possible by completing the FAFSA. Once the FAFSA is complete, the PAU Financial Aid office will send the student a PAU financial aid application.

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