How to Apply

PsyD Admission Deadlines Application review begins Nov 1, 2021. Apply by Nov 15, 2021 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 additional to the suggested prerequisites, we strongly recommend applicants to 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 21-22 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 2022 cohort begins November 1, 2021.
  • Apply by November 15, 2021 for early consideration.
  • Apply by January 3, 2022 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 2022 will be available in mid-September 2021. 

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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.)
 

 

SENDING OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS TO PSYCAS

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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. Whenever possible, they should be faculty members in psychology or practicing professionals in psychology or other mental health discipline. 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

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The purpose of the personal statement is to provide a sample of the applicant’s ability to write in an academic and professional manner, as well as 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 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?
  • 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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For international applicants 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

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The GRE and GRE Psychology Subject Tests will not be required of applicants for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. Our process will be test-blind: test scores will not be considered by the Admissions Committee 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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Questions? 
Contact Admissions.

Jessica Wilson
Senior Admissions Counselor
(800)-818-6136

admissions@paloaltou.edu


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