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About Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University (PAU), a private, non-profit university located in the heart of Northern California’s Silicon Valley, is dedicated to addressing pressing and emerging issues in the fields of psychology and counseling to equitably meet the needs of today’s diverse communities. 


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Who We Are

PAU offers undergraduate and graduate programs with online, hybrid and residential options. An engaged faculty, who make significant contributions to their fields and thrive as teachers and mentors, prepare practitioners, researchers and leaders through rigorous educational programs, research and extensive hands-on clinical practice opportunities. When you put all of this together, PAU creates a legacy of confident, competent, and compassionate professionals who are at the forefront of psychology and counseling and make a difference every day in the lives of others.

PAU offers doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s programs, as well as hands-on clinical training.

History of PAU

PAU was founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school and re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. Continuously accredited since 1986 by WASC, PAU’s doctoral programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and its master’s in counseling programs by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

PAU in the Community

PAU has many collaborative partnerships with community organizations and institutions, including Stanford School of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other mental health care organizations.

PAU’s Gronowski Center teaching clinic delivers low-cost mental health services to the local community while also providing valuable, supervised training to PAU graduate students. In addition, PAU sponsors several academic research centers devoted to child mental health, evidence-based care for LGBTQ clients, excellence in diversity and community care, and internet-based global healthcare.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Degree TypeProgram NameTraditional Classroom OfferingHybrid Offering (night/weekend classes)Online Offering
Bachelor of Science (BS)Business Psychology 
Bachelor of Science (BS)Psychology & Social Action 

Graduate Programs

Degree TypeProgram NameTraditional Classroom OfferingHybrid Offering (night/weekend classes)Online Offering
Master of Arts (MA)Counseling 
Master of Science (MS)Psychology (PhD Preparation)  
Master of Social Work (MSW)Social Work  
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Clinical Psychology  
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Counselor Education and Supervision  
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium