Palo Alto University Online Counseling Program Ranked Among Country's Best

Palo Alto University's (PAU) Master of Arts in Counseling program with the Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling emphasis has been ranked #4 in a list of America's best online Marriage and Family Therapy programs by The online format of PAU’s program is distinct in its offering of live weekly classes by videoconference for every course in the program.

The Master’s in Counseling program is among the most popular as it combines the study of evidence-based practices with extensive counseling training. This degree prepares students to seek licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) in California, and also prepares students for California Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) licensure, with a scope of practice that includes counseling families and couples. Graduates of the program go on to serve their communities in community mental health organizations, county mental health services, school-based mental health work, private practice, and non-profit counseling centers.

Program Director, Dr. William Snow commented:

“PAU is pushing online learning to a higher level of distance learning excellence. Our virtual, remote classroom technology is helping bring faculty and students around the world together in live, synchronous, face to face dialogue. In live state-of-the-art video conferencing, professors model and practice with students model and role play counseling skills. Despite the great physical distances involved, our small class sizes and style of education is eliminating barriers, reducing the social distance and bringing the world together in learning communities. I am proud that we are leading the way in taking the distance out of online, distance education.” compiles the list of top marriage and family therapy degree programs in the country each year, and are an invaluable resource to prospective new students, helping them choose the right program for their professional interests and training.

Key factors in the ranking process were:

  • Accreditation 
  • Academic Quality 
  • Student Satisfaction 
  • Cost 
  • Length of Study

Susan Kemppainen, Editor at said,

“We’re committed to informing students of universities and colleges offering quality education to help them achieve their educational and career goals and we believe Palo Alto is such a school.”

Learn more information about Palo Alto University's online M.A in Counselling

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