Fielding Graduate University

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Fielding Graduate University
Fielding Graduate University logo.png
Former name

Fielding Graduate Institute

The Fielding Institute
Motto "The best graduate school for adult learners"


Established 1974
President Katrina Rogers, PhD
Students 1200[1]
Location Santa Barbara, California, United States

Fielding Graduate University (previously Fielding Graduate Institute and The Fielding Institute) is an nonprofit university in Santa Barbara, California.[2] It offers postgraduate and doctoral studies mainly in psychology, education and organizational studies, primarily through distance education programs.

Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 by Frederic M. Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch.[3] They designed Fielding as a graduate program for mid-career professionals who were not being served by traditional universities.

The university offers graduate programs for adult professionals seeking master's and doctoral degrees. It offers degree and certificate programs through the School of Psychology and School of Leadership Studies. The programs include online learning, individual faculty-student mentoring and assessment, and in-person events of various types in many locations throughout the year.

The professions targeted include clinical psychology, media psychology, educational leadership, organizational leadership, and human development, within the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. Fielding was the first university to offer a Ph.D program in media psychology.[citation needed]

Learning model[edit]

Fielding uses a distributed learning model, in which students learn through a mix of independent study and structured course work.[citation needed] Some programs involve monthly or periodic in-person sessions.

Fielding's website says that its learning model implements a student learning plan, contract-based learning, competency-based assessment, student-to-student peer feedback, project and portfolio reviews, and final thesis or dissertation.[4]

Degree Programs[edit]

Fielding offers the following programs and degrees:

  • PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • PhD in Human Development
  • PhD in Organizational Development and Change
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Media Psychology
  • EdD in Leadership for Change
  • MA in Digital Teaching and Learning
  • MA in Organizational Development and Leadership
  • MA in Media Psychology
  • Postdoctoral Certificate in Neuropsychology
  • Postdoctoral Respecialization in Clinical Psychology


Fielding Graduate University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[2]

Fielding’s School of Psychology offers the only accredited clinical psychology doctoral program using a distributed delivery model. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202.336.5979). The clinical psychology program received initial accreditation by the APA in 1991.[5]

Fielding’s coaching certificate programs are approved as an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) by the International Coach Federation (ICF).[citation needed]


Fielding Graduate University was selected as a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a collaboration of 87 institutions focused on redesigning doctorate in education (EdD) programs.[6] It also was one of 240 schools selected for the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[7][better source needed]

The university has been named one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for Minorities by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.[8]


  1. ^ Fielding Quick Facts
  2. ^ a b WASC, "Statement of Accreditation Status: Fielding Graduate University",, WASC Senior College and University Commission, retrieved May 15, 2016 
  3. ^ "Fielding Graduate University History". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Fielding Graduate University". Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  7. ^ Fielding Graduate University Press Release (January 13, 2015), "Fielding Graduate University Awarded the Carnegie Foundation Advancement of Teaching for Community Engagement Classification", Santa Barbara Independent,, retrieved May 15, 2016 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Degree Producers: Graduate and Professional". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 

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