A private, nonprofit, accredited educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP).

Graduate Programs

Students who join Palo Alto University (PAU) as master's or doctoral candidates are marked by their determination in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of human behavior, as well as their commitment to improving the lives of others. PAU meets this determination with personalized classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring to help students achieve the next step in their career.

As an institution, PAU is dedicated to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.

Faculty approach students with individualized attention and well-earned expertise.  Every faculty member is selected for their ability to model excellence in their specific professional endeavors; they teach and supervise based on their own extensive experience.

Graduate Programs

Our master's and doctoral candidates learn to balance evidence-based clinical models while maintaining the responsibilities that counselors and psychologists have to their community, society, and profession.


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Working within a training model best described as "practitioner-scientist," students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire doctoral-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice.

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium
The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium academic program is taught by outstanding faculty from PAU and the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


M.S. Psychology Ph.D. Prep (Online + One-Week Residency)
This program is designed to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or careers in community college teaching, research, and related business and nonprofit fields.

M.A. Counseling (MFT/LPCC) (Palo Alto · San Mateo · Monterey Bay · Global Online)
This program is a terminal Master's degree that prepares students to see clients as a licensed therapist or counselor. There are two areas of emphasis: The Marriage, Family, and Child emphasis fulfills all requirements for MFT licensure in the State of California. The Clinical Mental Health emphasis fulfills all requirements for LPCC licensure in California and many other U.S. states and countries.

Note about the Joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in Psychology
PAU has announced the closing of the Joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in Psychology and the Law with Golden Gate University Law School. The Joint Program has produced some of the best J.D./Ph.D. students in the country. This program is no longer being offered at this time.


Contact Us

1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888