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About Palo Alto University

Palo Alto University (PAU) is dedicated to improving the human condition through excellence in teaching, research and scholarship in the fields of psychology and counseling. With an unwavering commitment to diversity and to the communities it serves, PAU offers doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s programs, as well as hands-on clinical training. A private, non-profit university, PAU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
 
PAU was founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), an independent, professional school and was first accredited in 1986 by WASC and has been continuously accredited since then.  PGSP re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August 2009.

PAU has many collaborative partnerships with community organizations and institutions, including Stanford School of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Medical Center, and other mental health care organizations. PAU’s Gronowski Center teaching clinic 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.

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