Palo Alto University

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts program at Palo Alto University is offered in clinical mental health and marriage, family, and child counseling. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy education at Palo Alto University are accredited programs by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Practicum and internship experiences, totaling 700 minimum hours, can be completed at the student's locale while academic coursework is completed online.

Program Information

School Name: 
Palo Alto University

Program Name: Master of Arts in Counseling

Program Length: Three Years

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Instruction Methods: Synchronous

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Phone Number: (650) 209-8644

Program Requirements:

  • 93 Quarter Credits
  • 100 Hour Practicum
  • 600 Hour Internship
  • One week summer residency on campus
  • Coursework completion of a B grade or better


  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university
    • Coursework in psychology and/or the social sciences recommended
  • Official transcripts from previous universities
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA recommended
  • Completed online application with $50 fee
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Autobiographical background
    • Goals and purpose in applying to PAU and how it applies to future career goals
    • Strengths and accomplishments in preparation for graduate education
    • Personal and professional qualities that are important as a clinical counselor
  • Three letters of recommendation - academic or professional
  • Interview with the program director via videoconference

Application Deadlines:

Fall Admissions

  • March 29th and August 14th - Regular Deadline

Palo Alto University’s program information was last updated in April of 2020. For more information, visit the university's website above.