For admission to any Fielding program leading to a degree (master’s/doctorate), it is required - at minimum - that the applicant submit an official transcript of an earned bachelor’s or master’s degree from a US college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency or one recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or an equivalent international degree.
In addition, the following Fielding Graduate University programs require that the bachelor’s or master’s degree institution be regionally accredited by a US regional accrediting agency, or, if an international degree, that the international degree be evaluated by an approved independent agency as equivalent to US regionally accredited degree:
- Clinical Psychology PhD program
- Respecialization in Clinical Psychology certificate program
- Neuropsychology certificate program
For any academic credit bearing activity at Fielding that does not result in the conferral of a degree (certificate programs and non-matriculated academic credit) the program must require for admission, at minimum, an official confirmation via a degree verification service and/or direct confirmation with the awarding institution’s records office that the applicant has completed a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited US institution or one recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or an equivalent international degree.
Applicants for admission to any Fielding academic credit program who have international degrees will need to have their international transcripts evaluated for degree equivalency with a course-by-course evaluation, unless their international degree program has an established articulation agreement with Fielding. Applicants should review the information about those organizations that Fielding has approved to provide such evaluations.
Programmatic Admissions Standards
Programs are free to enact additional admissions standards as long as they exceed the above requirements. The existing standards for each program can be found in the application materials and admissions web pages.
Nonimmigrant (International) Students
Fielding is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and those students follow the same application process as all other students. An applicant wishing to enroll at Fielding on a nonimmigrant visa (F-1) for either the purposes of ease of travel to residency sessions or for moving to the United States for the duration of their studies will need to speak to a Designated School Official (DSO) in the Registrar’s Office and must meet all of the additional requirements outlined as follows:
- Be admitted to a degree program and maintain full-time enrollment while on F-1 visa status. Online only and certificate program students are not eligible for F-1 visas.
- Supply documentation of their available financing. This is usually accomplished via bank statements or bank letters certifying that a student has the financial resources to attend the university.
- Supply copies of passports, address information and other pertinent demographic information for themselves and any dependents.
- Complete the appropriate F-1 visa application with their local consulate, including paying their own F-1 visa application fees.
- International students transferring from another college/university on an F-1 student visa are required to submit copies of their visa, I-94 card, and all previously issued I-20 Forms. The SEVIS Transfer Eligibility process must also be completed by the international student adviser at the student’s previous institution.
Fielding has no residence halls or living facilities; thus, F-1 visa students are responsible for securing their own housing. Fielding also does not provide on-campus employment.
Applicants for all degree or certificate programs who are unable to begin enrollment in the term for which they received an offer of admission may request a deferred admission.
For all programs except the Clinical Psychology PhD or Respecialization Certificate program, the request will be handled as follows: The program may extend the offer of admission one time to the next available start term immediately subsequent to the original offer. An applicant who does not enroll under this deferred admission offer must submit a new application to be considered again for admission in a future term.
For the Clinical Psychology PhD or Respecialization Certificate programs, an applicant who is unable to begin enrollment in the term for which they received an offer of admission may request to be considered for admission for the next available start term without submitting a new application. The program may agree to a deferred application review, which may require submission of supplemental application materials pertaining to the deferral request, and consider the applicant as a candidate in comparison with the applicant pool for that term. An applicant who does not enroll or is not admitted under an admission offer through this deferred application process must submit a new application to be considered again for admission in a future term.
Deferred admission requests should be made in writing to the Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Policy Revised 12/01/2019