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:
- 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.
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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 EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent
- This program includes a one-week summer residency.