Palo Alto University
(PAU) is a private university located in Palo Alto, California that offers
graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology. Founded in 1975 as
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, the school offers an online Master's of
Science (MS) in Psychology degree program, which is accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges.
Prepare for a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Palo
With more than 16 years
of online teaching experience, Palo Alto University offers an innovative and
highly structured part-time, two-year master's degree in psychology that can be
undertaken as a potential bridge to a PhD in Clinical Psychology or as a
master's degree. The PAU MS Psychology program is ranked among the Top 20 Online
Master's in Psychology programs by the non-profit organization, GoGrad, which
ranks non-profit online programs based on academic quality and affordability,
among other criteria.
In this program,
students have the opportunity to demonstrate -- to PAU and to themselves --
that they have the ability to handle doctoral-level work at PAU. Upon
completing the MS Psychology program, students are fully prepared for PhD
studies or for career advancement in fields that require social science
research capability and an understanding of human behavior.
- Achieve cost savings
for the first year of a PhD program through lower tuition, not having to
relocate, and the ability to continue earning an income.
- Begin pursuing a
doctoral degree without relocating.
- Study part-time and
- Lay the foundation for
a PhD in Clinical Psychology with the confidence that the MS credits can all
transfer to Palo Alto University's PhD program.
- Gain knowledge for
career advancement in the field of psychology, research assisting, publishing
and content design, education and curriculum development, or business.
- Work with accomplished
professors who have many years of academic experience.
Choose This Program?
Students who do well in
the MS Psychology program have the opportunity to be admitted to the Palo Alto
University PhD program, which is an on-campus program. One of the greatest
benefits of this MS program is the cost savings they achieve by completing 46
units online before relocating to Palo Alto. Students in this program are well
on their way to a PhD knowing that they can master doctoral level course
material before incurring relocation costs.
This program is designed
so that students can continue working full- or part-time until transitioning to
the PhD program. This gives working students two years to acquire income before
becoming a full-time doctoral student. All coursework is delivered online and
can be completed evenings and weekends. Students travel to the Palo Alto campus
once during the program for a one-week clinical interviewing course during
summer quarter of the first year.
Delivery and Performance Assessment
Palo Alto University
uses a number of methods to accomplish the program's educational goals. Every
class includes real-time interaction in a virtual classroom as well as
materials that students read and complete on their own. Instructional
- Weekly evening remote
classes in a virtual classroom, where the instructor shares a screen with all
students simultaneously and the class can talk in a conference call while
viewing the same materials.
- Threaded discussion
groups, where students discuss course materials with each other and the
- Chat rooms or conference
calls hosted by the professor that provide a forum for questions and dialog.
- Audio and video
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Instructors & Students
Teach both online and on-campus
Standardized Tests Required for Admission
Transfer Credits Accepted
Location & Contact
Yukti Singh Director of Admissions Marketing & Masters Enrollment Email: email@example.com Phone: 650- 417-2055