Program Overview

Palo Alto University offers a fully online Master of Arts in Counseling which can lead to licensure in many states. One of the premire aspects of this degree program is that it can be taken completely online without the need to take on-campus classes. The program develops the skills sets of participants by focusing a curriculum upon four areas. These foci are in assessment, intervention/counseling, research as it relates to critical thinking, and ethics within the professional practice environment. Likewise, the program is all about flexibility as applicants can choose to be full-time or part-time students depending upon their preferences.

The Master of Arts in Counseling offers two areas of emphasis:

  • Marriage, Family, and Child
  • Clinical Mental Health

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    College transcripts verifying the awarding of a bachelor's degree is required. Only official, sealed transcripts obtained from the Registrar's office of each of these institutions are acceptable.

    The online format includes a one-week residency that requires all U.S. and international students, except those in PAU's China cohort, to attend a one-week residency at the Palo Alto campus.


    Students are required to attend a one week on-campus intensive course during a Summer quarter.

    School Overview

    Palo Alto University was founded in 1975 under the name of The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. In 2009, the school officially reincorporated and changed its name from The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology to Palo Alto University and moved to a new campus. Palo Alto University works toward the mission of "generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level and providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship." Palo Alto University is a four-year, not-for-profit, private, comprehensive research university. The Palo Alto University campus is located in Palo Alto, California.

    Palo Alto University has a number of degrees and certificate options available, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, several of which can be earned completely online.


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