Graduate Program Descriptions

Palo Alto University’s (PAU) graduate programs are marked by our commitment to providing students with a deep understanding of human behavior through integrating clinical practice and research. Our outstanding core and affiliated faculty nurture an environment of collaborative and independent research, clinical expertise, and outstanding scholarship. PAU is dedicated to cultivating the next generation of professionals to rise to the next level of innovation and leadership, making unique contributions to the field of psychology.

Our master’s and doctoral students learn through research and evidence-based clinical experiences. Faculty approach students with individualized attention and industry expertise. Classes within PAU’s graduate programs occur in a variety of formats: day and evening, online or through distance learning, and hands-on.


Available Graduate Programs


M.S. Psychology (Online + One-Week Residency)
This program is designed to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or careers in community college teaching, research, and related business and nonprofit fields.

M.A. Counseling (MFT/LPCC) (Palo Alto Hybrid or Online with One-week Residency)
This master's program prepares students to pursue a license as a mental health counselor or marriage and family therapist. There are two areas of emphasis: The Marriage, Family, and Child emphasis (CACREP accredited) fulfills the educational requirements for MFT licensure in the State of California, and similar licenses in many other states. The Clinical Mental Health emphasis (CACREP accredited) fulfills the educational requirements for LPCC licensure in California and many other U.S. states and territories


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Working within a training model best described as practitioner-scientist, students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire doctoral-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice.

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium
The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium academic program is taught by outstanding faculty from PAU and the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


In 2014 Palo Alto University announced the closing of the Joint J.D./Ph.D. Program in Psychology and the Law with Golden Gate University Law School. This program is no longer being offered at this time.

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