Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA
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Palo Alto University (previously the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) is a not-for-profit free-standing educational institution in Palo Alto, California. It offers two undergraduate degree programs (BS in Psychology and Social Action and BS in Business Psychology) and six graduate programs: a PhD in clinical psychology; a Clinical Psychology/Clinical Neuroscience and Women's Health PhD in collaboration with Stanford University; a PsyD in clinical psychology as part of a consortium with Stanford University, and four masters' degree programs: an MA in Counseling Psychology, an MA in Counseling with emhasis on Forensic and Correctional Counseling, an MA in counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, and an MA in Counseling and an MS in Psychology both offered through distance learning. Palo Alto University subscribes to the practitioner-scientist training model, a variation of the Boulder scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes clinical practice along with scientific training.

One of the unusual elements of Palo Alto University's organization is its interconnected relationship with Stanford University and its School of Medicine. PAU maintains two prominent doctoral programs in conjunction with Stanford University, often employs its students in Stanford research laboratories, houses prominent faculty members who teach at both institutions, and employs one of Stanford's most famous emeriti professors, Philip Zimbardo. Furthermore, along with other prominent members of the Stanford University faculty, the chair of the Stanford Department of Psychiatry holds a membership on the PAU board of trustees.

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  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $13,731.00 avg tuition

1791 Arastradero Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1337
(800) 818-6136

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Palo Alto University

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $13,731.00 $13,731.00 $13,731.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $4,169.00 $4,169.00 $4,169.00
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Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $36,912.00 $36,912.00 $36,912.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $4,468.00 $4,468.00 $4,468.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,025.00 $1,025.00 $1,025.00
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Palo Alto University

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
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Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
S.P.R.O.W.T Scholarship $5,000 May 31, 2017
Robert E. Thunen Memorial Scholarship $2,500 April 01, 2017
Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship $2,500 April 03, 2017
Association for Women in Architecture Foundation Scholarship $2,500 April 12, 2017
Chen Foundation Scholarship $2,000 March 29, 2017
Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship $2,000 June 01, 2017
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program $1,500 March 31, 2017
Emily M. Hewitt Memorial Scholarship $1,500 April 15, 2017
Leon Bradley Scholarship Up to $2,500 May 31, 2017

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