May 18, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Fielding Graduate University

Katrina Rogers, PhD 2020 De la Vina Street
President Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3814
Gerald Porter, PhD 805.687.1099
Provost and Senior Vice President


Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 to serve adult students who need a nontraditional approach to graduate-level education. Our distributed learning model emulates the Oxford independent student/tutorial approach.



Non-Discrimination Policy

Fielding Graduate University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, medical condition, or veteran’s status in the administration of its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment policies.

The university complies with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations, and through its policies declares harassment, which is based on individual differences (including sexual orientation), to be inconsistent with the university’s mission and educational goals.


Program Review

At least every five to seven years, each academic degree program of Fielding will engage in a formal program review. The Provost’s Office is responsible for maintaining the schedule for such reviews. When possible, program reviews will be synchronized with specialized accreditation reviews. At the Provost’s discretion, a specialized accreditation review may be substituted for the internal process.

In keeping with the recommendations of the Council of Graduate Schools and the standards of the Western Association of Schools & Colleges, program reviews at Fielding will include:

  1. A self-study in which the program analyzes its curriculum, modes of delivery, faculty resources, student retention and time to completion, and learning outcomes, and where it reviews assessment studies conducted since the last review.
  2. Feedback from both internal stakeholders and external reviewers evaluating these outcomes and their assessment and providing suggestions for improvement.
  3. Plans for connecting the program review outcomes to planning and budgeting processes and actions.

It is expected that each program will negotiate the specific focus(i) of a particular program review with the Provost before beginning the formal process.


Institutional Accreditation

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC). Contact information for WASC is as follows: WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Ste. 100, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone: 510.748.9001. Fax: 510.748.9797. Email:


APA Accreditation

Fielding’s School of Psychology offers the only accredited clinical psychology doctoral program utilizing a distributed delivery model. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Contact information for APA is as follows: APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: 202.336.5979.


Continuing Education Approvals 

Fielding Graduate University is approved by the following to offer continuing education:

  • The American Psychological Association (CE for psychologists)
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences (number PCE 463)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (number 5941)
  • National Association of Social Workers (number 94-188)


State Registrations or Approvals

Fielding Graduate University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions. The MA degree in Media Psychology is not approved in the state of Minnesota.