Fielding Graduate University

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The best graduate school for adult learners.

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: You customize your experience.

We Specialize…

We only offer graduate studies in the fields of clinical and media psychology, educational leadership, human development, and organizational development. Our reputable and accredited programs give you the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career in these high-demand professions. Courses are led by PhD faculty who become partners in your success.

                        …in Adult Learning…

At Fielding, you have a voice in what and how you want to learn. You work with faculty on an individualized scholarly journey that is shaped to fit your style, interests, and passions. Our learning model provides flexibility so you don’t have to leave home or work to realize your academic dream. Our competency-based learning structure assesses your knowledge rather than your time in a classroom.

…that will Energize You.

Plan to be challenged and expect to stretch your comfort zone.  Discover new ways of knowing and practicing through cross-disciplinary and provocative scholarly questions. Through leading-edge technology, online forums, and an extensive electronic library, you collaborate with faculty and other students across distances.

We Value What You Bring…

You are respected and valued for what you already know, what you do, and what you aspire to achieve. Your perspectives and expertise inform your academic studies and your new knowledge informs your practice.

                                              …and the Impact You Make.

Our students move beyond knowledge consumption to become knowledge producers. They create the future they want to happen. When you come to Fielding, you join a global network of smart, caring, and socially-responsible leaders who are creating meaningful change in communities and workplaces worldwide.

Accreditation and Program Approvals

Fielding Graduate University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The doctoral program in clinical psychology is the only distributed delivery program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The Evidence Based Coaching program is approved as an Accredited Coach Training Program by the International Coach Federation (ICF).


  • Recipient of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification (The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
  • Selected as a member of The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED)
  • Recipient of a 2015 Best Value School Award (University Research & Review, LLC)
  • One of the Top 100 graduate degree producers for minorities (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • One of the 2014 Top 20 Most Innovative Graduate Psychology Degree Programs (

What are people saying?

"I just loved the atmosphere of warmth and respect that so characterized my experience at Fielding. The staff, faculty and my mentors were easily approachable, and always helpful and I would go away from my meetings with them feeling both encouraged and challenged. "

-Myrna L. Frank, PhD, Alumna
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