Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jan 28, 2022  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022

About Fielding Graduate University

Katrina S. Rogers, PhD 2020 De la Vina Street
President Santa Barbara, CA 93105-3814
Raj Parikh, PhD 805.687.1099
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President


University Profile

Fielding Graduate University is a non-profit, private, graduate university, governed by a Board of Trustees and located in Santa Barbara, California with additional offices in Washington D.C. 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. 

Today, with an enrollment of appromately 1,000 students, Fielding Graduate University offers master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs through its School of Leadership Studies and School of Psychology. For more information, visit

Fielding Graduate University is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 and the California Code of Regulations. The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) can be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 Sacramento CA 95833,, 1.916.574.8200, and toll-free phone: 1.888.370.7589.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818,, 888.370.7589 or by fax 916.263.1897.


Educating leaders, scholars, and practitioners for a more just and sustainable world.


We provide exemplary interdisciplinary programs for a community of scholar-practitioners within a distributed learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry and leading to enhanced knowledge.We provide exemplary interdisciplinary programs within a distributed and relational learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry and leading to enhanced knowledge. 


Academic Excellence: We commit to the highest quality scholarship, research, and practice.

Community: We support a collaborative learning environment built on inclusion and mutual respect.

Diversity: We commit to having a faculty, staff and student body that is diverse and inclusive. We embrace and celebrate the wisdom, knowledge and experiences of our diverse community.

Learner-centered Education: We create an interactive experience that responds to the interrelated personal and professional lives of our students.

Social Justice: We commit to advancing equality and justice in our University, and ­­­­in the local, national, and global communities impacted by our work.

Transformational Learning: We inspire a re-examination of one’s world view and underlying assumptions to enable a deeper understanding of self and society.




Institutional and Program Accreditation

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact information for WSCUC 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:

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

The Evidence Based Coaching certificate program is approved as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).For more information see: 


Continuing Education Approvals 

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

  • The American Psychological Association (CE for psychologists)


Non-Discrimination Statement

Fielding Graduate University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans, or any other characteristic protected by law, in the administration of its educational programs, activities, or program policies.

In addition, the university prohibits harassment based on the above protected characteristics of a student, applicant, alumnus, or person participating in any educational program.

The university complies with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations, and through its policies declares harassment to be inconsistent with the university’s mission and educational goals.

Policy Revised 10/10/2019


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.