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Graduate and Research Studies
Phone: (209) 946-3929
Location: Knoles Hall, Room 204


Jin K. Gong, PhD, Dean
Bhaskara Jasti, PhD, Associate Dean
Carol Brodie, EdD, Assistant Dean
Jean Han, MA, Graduate Enrollment Services Manager

Unique and Distinctive Programs

This division of the University of the Pacific offers graduate programs that emphasize distinctive forms of creative scholarship while it trains students in the principles and methods of research and develops their professional competence.

The goal of graduate education at Pacific is threefold:

  • to excite and discipline the intellectual capacities of its students,
  • to record and publish the products of intellectual inquiry, and
  • to advance knowledge.

To achieve this goal, the Office of Graduate Studies encourages faculty to work closely with advanced students to create an environment congenial to advanced academic and professional study and to further scholarship and research.

Available through the School of Dentistry is a graduate program in orthodontics that leads to a certificate and the Master of Science in Dentistry; a graduate program in oral and maxillofacial surgery that leads to a certificate; an International Dental Studies program, and through McGeorge School of Law a Juris Doctor degree in a full-time or part-time program, and Master of Laws (LL.M. and J.S.D.) degrees in Government and Public Policy, Transnational Business Practice, Advocacy Practice and Teaching and International Water Resources.  Students interested in these programs should apply through those schools.


Biological Sciences (MS)
Business Administration (MBA, MBA/JD, MBA/PharmD)
Communication (MA)
Education (MA, MEd, EdS, EdD, PhD)
Engineering and Computer Science (MSES)

Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences (MA)
Intercultural Relations (MA)
Music Education (MM)
Music Therapy (MA)
Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences (MS, PhD)
Physical Therapy (DPT)
Psychology (MA)
Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Students interested in these programs should apply directly through the Office of Graduate Studies. The distinctiveness of graduate studies lies in our academic programs, which emphasize various forms of creative scholarship, training of students in the principles and methods of research and developing professional competence, by limiting the number of students enrolled in order to allow them to work more directly with faculty members. Many degree programs are small, and in place of seminar experience, students work relatively independently under close supervision of the faculty.

Biological Sciences

Graduate students in Biological Sciences carry out research in areas that range from field studies in plant and animal systematics and ecology to laboratory studies on bacterial antibodies and cellular morphogenesis, for example. They learn a variety of techniques such as slab gel electrophoresis, electron microscopy and computerized data reduction. The MS Program in Biological Sciences enables students to work closely with faculty members in research and in teaching. Graduate study in molecular and cellular biology, physiology, microbiology, ecology, paleontology and plant and animal systematics provides a good background for advanced study at the PhD level, for entry into professional school (dentistry, pharmacy, medicine), education, or industry. Some biology graduate students also participate in research at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


The focus of the Eberhardt MBA is to allow students to work with professionals throughout their studies. Through internships, consulting projects and career management seminars, students research and solve actual business problems in the workplace they are likely to encounter in their careers.

The Eberhardt MBA is designed for recent college graduates, those working individuals with limited managerial experience, or business professionals who seek to change careers. The design of the Eberhardt MBA provides significant opportunities to gain experience through internships and experiential coursework in a variety of settings. For the more experienced working professional, it provides a broadening of functional knowledge into all areas of management, and the development of skills necessary for senior management and executive positions.

The Eberhardt MBA Program has a curriculum that includes leadership, innovation, communication and teamwork as learning objectives. The Eberhardt MBA integrates the classroom with the real business world through interaction with the Pacific Business Forum, Invention Evaluation Service, Westgate Center for Management Development and Institute for Family Business.

All Eberhardt MBA candidates are assigned class projects in cooperation with local companies and agencies and for those with limited work experience, an internship that works within a faculty-supervised position is assigned. Ultimately the program prepares students for successful careers as leaders of business, government and not-for-profit organizations.


Students in communication may pursue degrees in a number of areas which include communication education, political communication, and media and public relations. Special or topical areas of worthy interest also may be proposed as well as interdisciplinary programs in conjunction with other departments. Programs may include field studies, internships and other learning experiences as appropriate and approved by the department.


The Gladys L. Benerd School of Education prepares thoughtful, reflective, caring, and collaborative professionals for service to diverse populations. The School of Education directs its efforts toward researching the present and future needs of schools and the community, fostering intellectual and ethical growth, and developing compassion and collegiality through personalized learning experiences. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional preparation programs are developed in accordance with state and national accreditation standards and guidelines to ensure that students who complete these programs represents the best professional practice in their positions of future leadership in schools and the community.

The Gladys L. Benerd School of Education offers master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degree programs that include relevant state credentials in teaching, curriculum and instruction, school psychology, educational psychology, and educational administration. Degree programs leading to the EdD are offered in Educational Administration and Leadership as well as Curriculum and Instruction. A degree program leading to the EdS and a PhD is offered in Educational/School Psychology.

The School also has numerous units that publish research and provide opportunities for the practical application of theory and pedagogical procedure. These practica and intern sites are available in close proximity to the University.

Graduate assistantships are available for full-time doctoral students to participate in the scholarly activities carried on in the units of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education. Some full- and part-time scholarship assistance is available for students who wish to study at the master’s level.

Credential Programs

The credential program in education prepares candidates for credentials for public schools. Preparation programs exist in the following areas: elementary and secondary teaching, pupil personnel services for school psychology, administrative services (school administration), and specialist programs in Special Education.

Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers a Master of Science in Engineering Science. The program is designed to strengthen students’ technical, analytical, and professional breadth and depth. Students are introduced to techniques and best practices of professional research and learn the foundations for assessing the merits of published technical findings. Students interested in eventually pursuing a PhD want to build upon this training by engaging in research and completing a thesis. Other students interested in applied technology may prefer to enhance their studies with a grade-level practicum experience in industry, or by taking additional coursework.

Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

The Master of Arts program in health, exercise and sport sciences provides for scholarly study in the areas of sport pedagogy, sport medicine, sport management, and athletic training.

Graduate studies in the health, exercise and sport sciences are frequently interdisciplinary. Although the majority of research studies deal in some way with one or more aspects of human movement, the specific focus of student research may be psychological, sociological or physiological.

Following are some examples of the scope of research done by students in the department: sex role identity, spectator aggression, relaxation training, aerobic and blood lipid capacities, biomechanical analyses of movement, prescriptive exercise, women in sports, travel patterns of commercial recreation visitors, comparative coaching styles, personnel selection process and invention of new games.

Intercultural Relations

The School of International Studies, in a partnership with the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, offers a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Relations. The program is limited residency, and designed to meet the needs of working professionals who wish to earn an advanced degree while maintaining employment or other commitments. Students complete their core coursework in 18 months, through attendance at three 2-week residencies in Portland every January and July. The core curriculum emphasizes a theory-into-practice model that stresses the application of relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts to real-world contexts which includes both domestic diversity and international settings. Students develop knowledge and skills in the principles of intercultural relations, leadership and managing change across cultures, problem-solving in intercultural settings, adult learning in a cultural context, culture in the organization, and research and analysis.

Music Therapy and Music Education

In the Conservatory of Music, some students are being prepared to teach at the college level or to provide music education in public or private schools and others study music therapy. Music education students have the opportunity to become involved in a carefully developed micro-rehearsal program.

In music education, students already credentialed as music teachers have a wide variety of electives available, in addition to the core courses in research, current topics, music history, and music theory/composition. Electives include advanced conducting, pedagogy, advanced study on instruments or voice, and specialized ensembles such as jazz, wind ensemble, orchestra, choir, opera, or chamber music. There is a thesis option. Students may pursue advanced pedagogical and conducting skills through microrehearsal opportunities and are encouraged to work with rehearsal settings on campus and in local schools. Students who earn their teaching credential in combination with their master’s degree are given multiple fieldwork and student teaching opportunities utilizing resources from the Conservatory of Music and the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education.

University of the Pacific students who pursue the Master of Arts in Music Therapy are able to focus on their specific personal career goals, by selecting one of two tracks supporting:

  • Development of advanced clinical, administrative, and program development skills, or
  • Preparation for eventual entry into teaching and research careers.

Pharmaceutical & Chemical Sciences

Interdisciplinary programs in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the College of the Pacific involve physical-chemical mechanisms of drug absorption and bioavailability, molecular mechanisms of drug action, chemical definition of auto-recognition sites, tumor biology and clinical studies in acute and long-term care facilities. Therefore, its programs emphasize a multi-disciplinary perspective and skills for solving basic problems in individual and community health.

Students in the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Program may pursue studies in the areas of bioanalytical and physical chemistry, chemical synthesis and drug discovery/design, drug targeting and delivery, molecular/cellular pharmacology and toxicology, and clinical pharmacy and transitional studies. In addition to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs, combined PharmD/MS, PharmD/PhD, and PharmD/MBA programs are available.

Physical Therapy

The mission of the Physical Therapist Professional Education Program is to provide a learning environment of academic excellence and to ensure excellence in clinical education in order to facilitate and encourage acquisition of the knowledge, problem solving and clinical skills as well as of the humanitarian and professional values and behaviors necessary for the successful practice of physical therapy. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is committed to educate men and women to lead useful and productive lives in response to their personal needs, the needs of society, and of the profession. Programs of learning are offered to prepare students for entry into the profession of physical therapy as well as to prepare graduates for life-long learning.

Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program become lifelong learners who are skilled, reflective, autonomous practitioners that advocate for optimal health, wellness and performance for all members of society. The concise curriculum emphasizes development of a strong foundation upon which clinical skills are developed in the context of critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. Each term includes a combination of learning in the classroom and lab, as well as structured opportunities for exposure to patient care. Students complete the program by participating in three full-time clinical internships in a variety of settings throughout the country and internationally.

After successful completion of the entire 25-month program, graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination. The three year licensure pass rate for Pacific graduates is 99%. Once licensed, physical therapist options for employment are extremely varied and our graduates are in high demand as indicated by a 100% employment rate.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree requires a high level of competency in all practice parameters within the scope of physical therapy. The specific criteria for graduation and permission to sit for professional licensure are enveloped by the national accrediting body.  Students who enter into this professional degree program must have graduated from an accredited undergraduate college or university and received a baccalaureate degree in a major of choice. All prerequisites must be fulfilled prior to the beginning of the fall semester of the acceptance year. All candidates must apply and be offered an interview within the department prior to acceptance. Formal invitations to become a member of the incoming class are given within the spring semester following the interview.

This professional program is demanding and requires all students to enroll in a continuous educational experience for 25 months beginning in late August during the year of acceptance.


In psychology, students work toward a Master of Arts degree in behavioral psychology that emphasizes either applied behavior analysis or doctoral preparation in behavior analysis, behavioral psychology, or related fields. Students prepare for positions that provide services to mentally and/or developmentally disabled populations, positions in business settings and positions in health care delivery systems that involve the application of psychological knowledge to the treatment of physical diseases. The program also provides preparation for doctoral work in psychology elsewhere for those students who wish to study beyond the master’s degree.

Students are prepared for careers that use applied behavioral techniques in clinical or business settings with several employment options after the master’s degree, or for entry into doctoral programs in areas such as applied behavior analysis, behavioral medicine and clinical psychology. Both practical experience in a variety of community settings and research experience are emphasized.

Speech-Language Pathology

The Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology prepares students for California licensure and national certification. Both on-campus and off-campus practicums are complements to the academic program. Students may also elect to obtain the Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential/Speech, Hearing and Language.

Graduates of the Speech-Language Pathology program are academically and clinically prepared for a professional career in Speech-Language Pathology. Clinical practica are performed in the on-campus Speech, Hearing and Language Center as well as at off-campus sites. Options for employment include schools, hospitals and rehabilitative centers. Close student-faculty interaction encourages students to realize their potential in rehabilitative skills.