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Palo Alto University MS in Psychology

Palo Alto, CA

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Online Master's for Advanced Study of Psychology

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 Alto University

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.

Students can:

- 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 continue working.

- 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.

Why 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 techniques include:

- 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 instructor.

- Chat rooms or conference calls hosted by the professor that provide a forum for questions and dialog.

- Audio and video conferencing.
School Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Accreditation Not Reported
Instructors & Students
Instructors Teach both online and on-campus
Students Students Worldwide


Standardized Tests Required for Admission
Transfer Credits Accepted

Location & Contact

Program Contact Yukti Singh
Director of Admissions Marketing & Masters Enrollment
Phone: 650- 417-2055