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Fielding Graduate University (previously Fielding Graduate Institute and The Fielding Institute) is a private university in Santa Barbara, California. It offers postgraduate and doctoral studies mainly in psychology, education, and organizational studies, primarily through distance education programs.

Fielding Graduate University
Fielding Graduate University logo.png
Former name
Fielding Graduate Institute
The Fielding Institute
Motto"Change the world. Start with yours."
TypePostgraduate Hybrid
PresidentKatrina Rogers, PhD
Location, ,
United States

Fielding Graduate University was founded in 1974 by Frederic M. Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch.[2] They designed Fielding as a graduate program for mid-career professionals who were not being served by traditional universities.



The university offers graduate programs for adult professionals seeking master's and doctoral degrees. It offers degree and certificate programs through the School of Psychology and School of Leadership Studies. The programs include online learning, individual faculty-student mentoring and assessment, and in-person 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.[3]

Fielding's learning model implements a student learning plan, contract-based learning, competency-based assessment, student-to-student peer feedback, project and portfolio reviews, and final thesis or dissertation.[4] The school's website says that its "distributed learning model" combines "in-person" and "remote" participation.[5]

As of 2018, its School of Leadership offers "accelerated" Ph.D. degrees that can be earned in as little as three years,[6] and its School of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology that can be earned in five or six years.[7]


Fielding Graduate University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).[8]


Fielding Graduate University was selected as a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), a collaboration of 87 institutions focused on redesigning doctorate in education (EdD) programs.[9] It also was one of 240 schools selected for the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[10]

The university has been named one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for Minorities by Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine.[11]


Fielding offers a doctorate in Creative Leadership through the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI),[12] is developing a doctoral program in urban leadership and entrepreneurship with the University of District of Columbia and Tulane University’s Payson Center for Global Development, and established the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership with UVI, North Carolina A&T, and the Association of American Colleges & Universities.[13] The latter earned a $9 million National Science Foundation grant in 2018.[14]

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  1. ^ "Fielding Graduate University" National Center of Education Statistics. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ "Fielding Graduate University History". Retrieved 2012-03-27.
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  4. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  5. ^ "Academic Technologies". Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "School of Leadership Studies". Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology". Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  8. ^ WASC, "Statement of Accreditation Status: Fielding Graduate University",, WASC Senior College and University Commission, retrieved May 15, 2016
  9. ^ "Fielding Graduate University News". Retrieved 2015-08-07.
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  11. ^ "Top 100 Degree Producers: Graduate and Professional". Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Retrieved 2015-08-07.
  12. ^ "UVI TO OFFER FIRST PH.D. PROGRAM AND 7 NEW MASTERS AND BACHELOR’S DEGREES THIS FALL" The Virgin Islands Consortium. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  13. ^ "Creating Learning Environments: Valuing Diversity, Improving Retention, and Promoting Persistence for Students in STEM" Association of American Colleges & Universities. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  14. ^ "Broadening Participation Research Center: Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership" National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2019-04-08.

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