M.A. Counseling Psychology

Palo Alto University’s M.A. Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare students to serve their communities as licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in the State of California.  The program’s format offers evening classes and allows some classes to be taken online.  During the first year, most students can maintain full-time employment and study during evenings and weekends.  

The program offers four options and students can choose the location that is best for them:

  • Palo Alto Area (at the Los Altos Clinic Campus)
  • Monterey Bay (at the Scotts Valley Campus with Optional Study Groups in Monterey/Carmel)
  • San Mateo (at the College of San Mateo)

Professors draw from their academic backgrounds and professional experiences to provide students with the training they will need to be successful and practice professionally.  Students learn through professor-guided lecture, discussion, and evidenced-based learning material, and apply new knowledge and skills in their internships.  The program also has a unique multicultural focus with an emphasis on culture, social justice and families. Instructors equip students to serve individuals from different backgrounds and with widely different needs.

The M.A. Counseling Psychology program also involves innovative and creative collaborations with a rich variety of institutions in the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay Areas.  The program combines an emphasis on scientific research with extensive clinical training to produce clinicians whose practices are grounded in science and meet the highest professional standards. That scientific and professional rigor makes the M.A. Counseling Psychology program uniquely suited to attract and train students at all levels who aspire to help families in need of care.


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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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