Fielding Graduate University

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Founded in 1974 as the Fielding Graduate Institute, the school later changed its name to Fielding Graduate University. This private, not-for-profit post-graduate institution is located in Santa Barbara, California and offers a selection of accredited degree programs.

Fielding Graduate University was the brainchild of its three founders: Frederic M. Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch. Fielding Graduate University was established with the singular mission of providing mid-career professionals that were unable to attend a traditional university the opportunity to earn a higher degree.

The university is specifically geared toward working adults and professionals who are seeking a career-oriented master’s degree, doctoral degree or professional certificate. Fielding Graduate University is organized into three schools which include the School of Psychology, School of Human & Organization Development, and School of Educational Leadership & Change.

The university provides students online learning opportunities, face-to-face education events, individual faculty-student assessment and mentoring, and a distributed learning format. The university offers programs designed to prepare professionals for careers in media psychology, clinical psychology, higher education leadership, human development, organizational management, healthcare, and leadership with various for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Fielding Graduate University is known for its APA accredited Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and for being the first university in the United States to offer a Ph.D. in Media Psychology.

With an annual student enrollment of just over 1,000, Fielding is capable of providing a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1, which makes the educational experience at Fielding especially personal. Diverse Issues in Higher Education has ranked Fielding’s graduate programs as among the top 100 graduate degree producers in the U.S.

General Information

Admission Office:2020 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, California 93105-3538
General Phone:(805) 687-1099
Type of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year,or above
Awards Offered:Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master’s degree
Post-master’s certificate
Doctor’s degree -research/scholarship
Campus setting:City: Small
On-campus housing:No
Student Population:1,046 (0 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty:7 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $15,936
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $15,936
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

All Degrees and Programs

The School of Leadership Studies (Dedicated to transformational Change)

  • PHD in Human Development
  • EDD in Leadership for Change
  • PHD and MA in Organizational Development and Change
  • PHD in Infant and Early Childhood Development
  • MA in Digital Teaching and Learning
  • Comprehensive Evidence Based Coaching Certificate
  • Evidence Based Coaching for Organizational Leadership Certificate
  • Nonprofit Leadership Certificate
  • Educational Administration Certificate

School of Psychology (Innovative Programs and professional accreditation)

  • PHD in Clinical Psychology
  • PHD and MA and Certificate in Media Psychology
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate Clinical Psychology
  • PostDoctoral Certificate Respecialization in Clinical Psychology
  • Postdoctoral Certificate Neuropsychology


  • Community College Leadership for Change
  • Dual Language
  • Leadership for Social and Ecologicial Sustainability
  • Media, Technology, and Innovation
  • Reflective Practice/Supervision
  • Creative Longevity and Wisdom
  • Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice
  • Leadership of Higher Education Systems
  • Organization Development

Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

*Data based on 2008-2013 National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS database.

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