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Master's Degree in Counseling

Areas of Emphasis:
   -Marriage, Family, and Child (MFT)
   -Clinical Mental Health (LPCC)

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Palo Alto University’s M.A. in Counseling program prepares students to serve their communities as licensed mental health professionals (MFT or LPCC). This master's in counseling degree can expand career options or retool a career in a profession that makes a difference to the community.

With online or on-campus options and evening class scheduling, the program offers flexibility to students who want to pursue graduate studies without needing to relocate.

This program offers two areas of emphasis, both leading to licensure:

  • The Clinical Mental Health emphasis is for those seeking LPCC or similar counseling licensure in many states and countries with no relocation necessary to complete the degree.

This program focuses on developing and strengthening skills in four core areas: assessment, intervention/counseling, research/critical thinking, and ethics/professional practice.

Mission of the M.A. Counseling Program

The M.A. Counseling program is a diverse and dynamic community dedicated to the development of highly effective mental health counselors, future leaders and innovators in the counseling profession. In and through its training of burgeoning counselors, the program strives to benefit society and reduce human suffering by promoting mental health, wellness, social justice, education, and vocational wellbeing. The program is committed to five core values: creating and nurturing a diverse and inclusive learning community for all students, faculty, and staff; providing excellent education and clinical supervision for students; promoting healing and empowerment by addressing social privilege and oppression; generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and providing services to the local, national and international community informed by science and scholarship.

Contact and Application Information

Call or email the Master's program staff today to find out more, or apply online.

Campus Locations/Online

Palo Alto

Allen Calvin Campus
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Los Altos

Grownowski Clinic Campus
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

Monterey Bay

Cabrillo College Campus
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003

San Mateo

College of San Mateo Campus
1700 W. Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402


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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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