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About Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private, nonprofit educational institution, founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school. PGSP was first accredited in 1986 by the regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has been continuously accredited since then. PGSP re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009. PAU is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences; to promoting future innovators and leaders for the benefit of society; to generating knowledge through research and scholarship of the highest level; and to providing services to the community informed by science and scholarship.

PAU also maintains several international collaborations, supporting local, clinical practicum training in China and Latin America for students who participate in PAU's online M.A. Counseling program. The University is also in collaborative partnerships with many community organizations, including Stanford School of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Medical Center, and other mental health care organizations. The Gronowski Center, a University affiliated organization, delivers low-cost mental health services while also providing valuable, supervised training to PAU graduate students. In addition, PAU sponsors several academic centers devoted to child mental health, evidence-based care for LGBTQ clients, excellence in diversity and community care, and internet-based global healthcare. Looking to the future, PAU is also developing programs to assist genocide survivors in Rwanda.

Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Degree Type Program Name Traditional Classroom Offering Hybrid Offering (night/weekend classes) Online Offering
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Business Psychology  
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Psychology & Social Action  

Graduate Programs

Degree Type

Program Name

Traditional Classroom Offering

Hybrid Offering (night/weekend classes)

Online Offering

Master of Arts (M.A.) Counseling  
Master of Science (M.S.) Psychology (Ph.D. Preparation)    
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Clinical Psychology    
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium    




1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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





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