About Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University is an educational institution dedicated to furthering practical knowledge, professional opportunities, and societal progress in the behavioral and social sciences. We offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in formats designed to fit students' needs.

Who We Are

PAU is a private, nonprofit university with a sole focus on psychology and counseling. Our mission is to improve the human condition through the promotion of research, education, and practice in the field of psychology. We encourage our students to strive for excellence as innovative professionals and community leaders.

Why PAU?

Because we are committed to education in social sciences, we develop curricula that encompass in-depth theoretical, practical, and clinical approaches to furthering the field for the advancement of society. Our highly educated and experienced staff is devoted to the success of our students.

History of PAU

Founded in 1975 as an independent professional school called the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), we first became accredited in 1986 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We've maintained our accreditation since then, and in 2009, we re-incorporated as Palo Alto University. We've provided quality, focused education in psychology for more than 40 years.

Types of Programs We Offer

PAU offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in social psychology, counseling, and clinical psychology, as well as professional development certificate programs. Course format varies by program, with instruction available online or at our campus locations, including hybrid evening classes.

Whether you're changing career paths or exploring leadership opportunities in your field, the comprehensive knowledge you'll gain from our award-winning psychology programs will equip you to make a positive impact. Learn more about our undergraduate or graduate programs to get started.