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 accredited nonprofit school offering blended post-graduate education, combining face‐to‐face and online learning.[2]

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

The university's educational model is geared toward adult professionals seeking master's and doctoral degrees. The university offers accredited degree and certificate programs through three schools: Psychology, Human & Organization Development, and Educational Leadership & Change. The programs include distance learning via an on-line campus; individual faculty-student mentoring and assessment; and face-to-face 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]

The Fielding Learning Model[edit]

Students in each degree program learn through a mix of independent study and structured course work, peer to peer learning, or collaboratively with faculty, both face-to-face and via distributed education systems in courses, seminars and email.

The elements of Fielding's learning model include a student learning plan, contract-based learning, competency-based assessment,[4] student to student peer feedback, project and portfolio reviews, and final thesis or dissertation.

Degree Programs[edit]

Fielding offers the following programs and degrees:

  • PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • PhD in Human Development
  • PhD in Human and Organizational Systems
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Media Psychology
  • EdD in Educational Leadership for Change
  • MA in Collaborative Educational Leadership
  • 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).

Fielding’s School of Psychology is the only APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program using a distributed delivery model.[5][non-primary source needed]

Fielding’s Evidence Based 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 national effort aimed at strengthening doctorate education.[6] It also received the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[7]

The university has been named one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for Minorities by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.[8] It was also recognized as a Best Value School by University Research and Review, LLC in 2014 and 2015.[9][10]

The PhD in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Concentration, was ranked among the Top 20 Most Innovative Graduate Psychology by[11]

The MA in Media Psychology was recognized as one of the Best Affordable Online Masters Degrees in Psychology by[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Fielding Quick Facts
  2. ^ "About Fielding". Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Fielding Graduate University History". Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  7. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Degree Producers: Graduate and Professional". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  9. ^ "Best Value Colleges". University Research & Review, LLC. Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  11. ^ "Top Innovative Graduate Degree Programs". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 
  12. ^ "Best Buy Online Masters Degree Programs". Retrieved 2015-08-07. 

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