Professional Psychology & Counseling Programs

Palo Alto University (PAU) is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that will help cultivate the next generation of leaders in the field of psychology and counseling. Our master’s and doctoral students learn through research and evidence-based clinical experiences to gain a deep understanding of human behavior and the methodological approaches to psychology and counseling. By keeping class sizes small, PAU students benefit from individualized interactions with faculty and build meaningful professional connections with classmates.

Thrive Beyond the Classroom

With versatile programs in behavioral and social sciences, you can choose a degree tailored to your career goals. We offer flexible learning opportunities, including online and evening courses for master's degree students. PAU is dedicated to improving the human condition in diverse cultures, and our students benefit from our partnerships with professional organizations, educational leaders, and nonprofit organizations around the world.

What Sets Our Master's Programs Apart

The Master of Science in Psychology is designed to prepare students to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or careers in teaching, research, and related business and nonprofit fields. This part-time degree is offered entirely online to keep program costs low and allow students to complete the program without the need to relocate.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling is approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) to meet rigorous standards of quality and prepare students for successful completion of licensing exams and certification. The program is offered online or through a hybrid format. Students may select between two areas of emphasis to focus their plan of study:

Accelerate Your Career With a Doctoral Degree

Our Ph.D. 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. Students can choose from seven areas of emphasis to create a more focused learning experience and achieve specialized careers as board-certified clinicians.

We also offer the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in collaboration with Stanford University 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. Upon completion of the five-year, on-campus program, graduates will be prepared to work in mental health centers, schools, hospitals, and other healthcare settings.

Earn Your Advanced Degree at PAU

At PAU, we know that it's a big decision to go back to school, and we want you to feel confident in your academic decision. That's why we've dedicated more than 40 years to the advancement of behavioral and social sciences through research-driven curricula. Get started by scheduling a campus visit or requesting more information online.


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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