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Choosing a Graduate Program

Palo Alto University (PAU) has many program options when choosing a graduate program to participate in. Whether you are looking to complete a master’s degree or doctoral degree, we have accredited programs taught by industry leading faculty members.

Name of Program

Minimum Level of Education for Entry

Selectivity Information for 2016

Average Time for Completion


M.A. Counseling (MFT/LPCC)

Bachelor's Degree 

111 Applications, 89 Enrolled

2 years, 3 months (on-campus)
2 years, 9 months (online)

Palo Alto/Los Altos or Online with 1-Week Residency

M.S. Psychology (Ph.D. Prep)

Bachelor's Degree 

46 Applications, 25 Enrolled

2 years

Online with 1-week Residency 

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bachelor's Degree

251 Applications, 76 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos

Psy.D. PGSP-Stanford Consortium

Bachelor's Degree

317 Applications, 32 Enrolled

5 years**

Palo Alto/Los Altos and Stanford

*Additional costs per year include an average of $2,400 for books and supplies and an average of $23,400 of local living expenses for residential students. PAU offers several funding options from federal, state, and local sources

**Includes culmination of both degrees, pre-doctoral internship and dissertation; does not include clinical licensure

Note: 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. The program is no longer being offered at this time.