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

M.A. Counseling Locations/Online

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

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Palo Alto University offers students access to an excellent education for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) without uprooting their lives. PAU’s on-campus and online formats give students the ability to complete a Master's degree in counseling while working, raising a family or managing the many responsibilities of their lives.

Pursue a Master’s Degree from Anywhere

  1. On Campus Blended format. On-campus students attend approximately two classes per quarter at one of our three Northern California locations  and one class per quarter online. In this format, you have the flexibility to take an extra class online if you need to. An important aspect of this format is face-to-face learning as a cohort of students, all taking the same courses in the same sequence together.
  2. Online with One-Week Residential format. This format enables students to take all classes online and do internships locally, in their home community. Students attend a one-week summer residency at the Palo Alto campus. The residency is an opportunity to meet professors and classmates face-to-face. It includes intensive study and competency based skill training and culminates in a clinical competency examination that is a prerequisite for clinical fieldwork.
  3. Global Online format. This format was designed for students who live and plan to practice outside the U.S. Palo Alto University's Global Advancement of Counseling Excellence initiative has well-established partnerships in several countries as well as contacts on all seven continents. Students enrolled in this program complete all coursework online and do all internships and clinical fieldwork in their home country.

Start Dates and Scheduling

Students can begin an online program in any quarter: Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (March), or Summer (June). Each quarter, an online orientation is held for incoming students. This orientation is required so that students can learn the foundations of the online program before classes begin

Students can enroll part-time online and complete the program in 11 to 12 quarters, or enroll full-time at an on campus location and complete the program in 9 to 10 quarters as the desired fieldwork placement can be secured.

Virtual Classroom Supports Every Aspect of the Learning Experience.

  • Palo Alto University utilizes an online learning platform that supports all aspects of a student’s learning experience.
  • Classes include real-time lecture and dialog, discussion boards and clinical skills training enabled by multimedia technology.
  • Online classes give students the opportunity to interact with a global student body and learn clinical skills through real-time interaction with instructors.
  • Palo Alto University assists students in finding suitable practicum placements in their communities.
  • We provide ongoing support throughout the practicum, and guidance about licensing requirements in each state or country.
  • Supervision takes place at the student’s field placement site and from Palo Alto University faculty online.
  • For students outside the U.S. our Global Advancement of Counseling Excellence initiative provides culturally relevant clinical training and supervision that meets international standards of excellence.

Field Placements in the Home Region Help Establish Students in Their Communities.

  • Palo Alto University assists students in finding suitable practicum placements in their communities.
  • We provide ongoing support throughout the practicum, and guidance about licensing requirements in each state or country.
  • Supervision takes place at the student’s field placement site and from Palo Alto University faculty online.

Get the Best of Both Worlds.

Staying local while participating in a global Master’s degree program gives students the best of both worlds: global perspective with local roots.  Palo Alto University offers students a multicultural focus that emphasizes culture, social justice and families. Students benefit from the latest academic research and clinical approaches while tailoring their experience to the culture and community in which they live and practice.

Take the Next Step.

Apply now, learn more or contact Deanna Berger, by email or phone ( 650-417-2023).

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