Master of Arts in Counseling / Marriage, Family & Child
Palo Alto University

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Counseling is an online marriage and family therapy degree program with an emphasis in Marriage, Family & Child from Palo Alto University.  This program is designed for individuals who want to help people of all ages manage or overcome mental health and emotional disorders and problems in the context of family and relationships.  The curriculum combines an emphasis on scientific research with clinical training to produce clinicians with practices grounded in science.  You will learn to manage the delivery of mental health care to individuals, families, and other groups while incorporating the principles of recovery-oriented treatment.  Possible career settings for licensed graduates include:

  • Private practice
  • Schools & colleges
  • Social service agencies
  • Medical and mental health centers
  • Nursing homes and residential care facilities
  • Religious organizations

Licensure for this program varies from state-to-state, so students who wish to pursue licensure should check with their state of residence.

Learning Pace


Learning Schedule


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Palo Alto University is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • This program includes a one-week summer residency.