Master of Arts in Counseling / Clinical Mental Health
Palo Alto University

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Counseling is an online counseling degree program with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from Palo Alto University.  This program can lead to licensure in many states and is dedicated to developing highly effective mental health counselors, future leaders, and innovators in the counseling profession.  The curriculum focuses on developing skills in four areas:

  • Assessment
  • Intervention/Counseling
  • Research with Critical Thinking
  • Ethics Within Professional Practice

Students learn to benefit society and reduce human suffering by promoting mental health, wellness, social justice, education, and vocational well-being.  Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers, such as mental health counseling, private practice, addiction counseling, school-based counseling, career and guidance counseling, community-based agency practice and management, and rehabilitation counseling.

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.