Palo Alto University is a private, non profit educational institution, founded in 1975 as pacific graduate high school. It was accredited in 1986 by the regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It was re-incorporated as Palo Alto University in August, 2009. It offers two undergraduate degree programs, BS in Psychology and Social Action and BS in Business Psychology and five graduate programs PhD in Clinical Psychology, PsyD in Clinical Psychology as part of a consortium with Stanford University, and three masters degree programs, MA in Counselling Psychology, MA in Counselling, and MS in Psychology. All students in the Ph.D. Program are required to participate in faculty-led research groups during their second and third years in the program for 6 consecutive quarters. The Research Groups only accept Ph.D. students from Palo Alto University PAU sponsors several academic centres devoted to child mental health, evidence-based care for LGBTQ clients, excellence in diversity and community care, and internet-based global healthcare. PAU is also developing programs to assist genocide survivors in Rwanda. The University is also in collaborative partnerships with many community organizations, including Stanford School of Medicine, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Medical Centre, and other mental health care organizations.