Grow in Compassion and Excellence
Palo Alto University’s academic programs prioritize your student experience. We offer a variety of psychology and counseling bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs designed to deepen your understanding of the human condition and develop in-demand clinical, research, and interpersonal skills.
World-Class Degree Programs in Psychology and Counseling
As a private, nonprofit university, PAU is committed to addressing pressing and emerging issues through research and training in psychology and counseling that equitably meet the needs of today’s diverse society. Firmly rooted in this mission, our degree programs prepare you to cultivate human well-being and promote inclusivity.
Whether you’re working toward your bachelor’s degree or pursuing a PhD, immerse yourself in a psychology-focused education and receive comprehensive training, in-demand skills, clinical research experience, and professional development, equipping you for success in the workforce.
Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Social Action
The psychology and social action bachelor’s degree is ideal for students with a passion for community advocacy and outreach. Students dive into a rigorous curriculum covering psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and economics. To put their knowledge into practice, students complete a nine-month internship to gain real-world experiences. Graduates can find roles at nonprofits and community agencies or prepare for graduate programs in psychology.
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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Psychology
As an ideal program for transfer students, the Bachelor of Science in Business Psychology offers an interdisciplinary education, blending strategic business practices with the study of psychology and social sciences. Students develop a keen understanding of human behavior, motivation, and group processes and learn how to apply that knowledge in a professional setting, preparing them for careers in sales and marketing, human resources, and management.
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Psychology and Counseling Master’s Programs
Online Master of Science (MS) in Psychology
PAU designed the Master of Science in Psychology to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and related business and nonprofit fields. With a choice of four tracks, students select the coursework that best prepares them for their future goals. Since this degree is offered part time and delivered entirely online, program costs are kept low, and students have added flexibility and can complete the program without relocating.
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Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Our Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students for the successful completion of professional counselor licensing exams and certification, equipping them to enter the workforce as highly skilled, culturally responsive practitioners. Students may attend online or through a hybrid format.
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Accelerate Your Career With a Doctoral Degree
PhD in Clinical Psychology
Our PhD in Clinical Psychology is a five-year, full-time doctoral program offered through a traditional on-campus learning experience. Accredited by the American Psychological Association, we use a practitioner-scientist training model to cover all aspects of psychological theory, research, and practice.
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PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
The Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program forges a new generation of leaders. Our PhD students play an active role in advancing the counseling profession by training new counselors and supervisors, researching effective clinical interventions, and providing influential leadership in organizations.
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PGSP - Stanford PsyD Consortium
In partnership with the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium is for students interested in building a career in direct clinical psychological services. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based clinical psychology and covers topics in research, ethical standards, intervention, and assessment.
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CONCEPT - Continuing and Professional Studies
Palo Alto University is a front-runner in psychology and counseling education, continuously pursuing academic excellence and equipping students as competent practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the mental health field.
Since 1986, PAU has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), ensuring our academic programs provide students with a comprehensive, viable education and establishing PAU as a trustworthy institution.
Our doctoral programs received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA) to maintain the quality of education and clinical training.
Lastly, to ensure PAU properly prepares students training to become counselors to serve the needs of individuals and their communities, the master’s and doctoral programs in counseling are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Invest in a PAU Degree: Tuition & Financial Aid
At PAU, we commit to helping you reach your full potential without letting finances stand in your way. As a student, enjoy competitive tuition rates and tuition stabilization, which maintains predictable tuition rates, allowing you to plan for the cost of attendance. Our Office of Financial Aid is ready to help you navigate the process of applying for financial aid and connect you with valuable resources.
Meet our Dedicated Faculty
Join Us for a Campus Tour or Admissions Events
To showcase our transformative academic programs, student resources, and exceptional faculty members, the Office of Admissions organizes a variety of events, inviting students to experience PAU for themselves. From application deep dives to virtual graduate open houses and guided tours around our beautiful campus, students can discover all that PAU has to offer.