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.


  • This program includes a one-week summer residency.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Interview
  • Proof of English language proficiency, international applicants

Special Accreditation

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

School Accreditation Statement

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