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Stockton Graduate Catalog 2020-2021

Academic Divisions of the University

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Benerd College

College of the Pacific (Arts and Sciences)

Conservatory of Music

Eberhardt School of Business

Graduate School

McGeorge School of Law

School of Engineering and Computer Science

School of Health Sciences

School of International Studies

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy


University of the Pacific is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), located at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; (510)748-9001.

University Campuses

Procedures, rules, regulations, services, tuition, etc. vary on the three campuses of University of the Pacific. This catalog states those for the schools and colleges listed in this catalog. The university reserves the right to change fees, modify its services or change its programs at any time and without prior notice being given. 

Statement of Non-discrimination

Pacific does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression or mental or physical disability.

In accordance with the above university policy and in compliance with all applicable laws, all educational services will be provided and all employment decisions (including recruitment, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, promotions, terminations) will be made without regard to the individual’s status protected by law. To the extent provided by law, the university will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities that meet the legal standards for documentation, whenever the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position.

This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and amendments and other laws, orders and regulations governing discrimination. University of the Pacific has designated the Director of Human Resources to coordinate the university’s efforts to comply with laws, orders and regulations governing discrimination. Any person having a complaint should contact in writing:

Director of Human Resources
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Because the catalog is compiled well in advance of the academic year it covers, changes in programs, policies and the academic calendar may well occur.

All catalog information is subject to change without notice or obligation.

About University of the Pacific

Preparing Our Students: Success After Graduation
University of the Pacific provides a superior, student-centered learning experience that integrates liberal arts and professional education to prepare students for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.

At six months after graduation, more than 90 percent of class of 2019 survey respondents reported being employed or accepted to a graduate or professional school, completing a post-graduate internship or fellowship, or serving in a military or community service experience. In 2019, Pacific ranked No.7 for graduation rate among among similar-sized public and private nonprofit colleges in California, according to the U.S. Department of Education Scorecard. The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked Pacific No. 21 in the West for 2020 and the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking placed Pacific at No. 7 for Best Ethnic Diversity among private California universities.

Looking Back: Our Unique History
University of the Pacific was established in 1851 as California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. It was founded by pioneering Methodist ministers and remains the only Methodist-related university in California. Originally located in Santa Clara, the university later moved to San Jose, and in 1924, moved to Stockton making it the first private four-year university in the Central Valley.

An innovator and leader in higher education, Pacific provided California with its first chartered medical school in 1858, its first coeducational campus in 1871, and its first conservatory of music in 1878. It was the nation’s first to offer an undergraduate teacher corps program, the first to send an entire class to an overseas campus, the first to establish a Spanish-speaking inter-American college, and the first to offer a four-year graduation guarantee.

Pacific has enjoyed extraordinary stability in administration. Provost Maria Pallavicini currently serves as interim president following the retirement of Pamela A. Eibeck, the university's 24th and first female president. On Nov. 21, 2019, Pacific announced Christopher Callahan was chosen to become the university's 26th president. Callahan was selected after a nationwide search and a unanimous decision by the Board of Regents. His tenure begins July 1, 2020.

Looking Forward: Innovating with the Times
Today, University of the Pacific is a highly ranked national university that remains deeply committed to its personal, student-centered approach. Campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco strategically position Pacific in three of California’s, and the nation’s, most important and dynamic markets. The university earns widespread recognition for its deep commitment to teaching and learning, its history of innovation and the accomplishments of its alumni.

Pacific has added more than a dozen new academic programs across its three campuses over the last three years. Once the exclusive homes to Pacific’s law and dental schools, the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses now reach new students with graduate programs in data science, physician assistant studies, audiology, music therapy, education, public policy and public administration. These programs help address the region’s critical need for leaders in technology, health care, education, government and nonprofit sectors. 

In fall 2019, Pacific launched the School of Health Sciences that includes four new programs—accelerated master’s degrees in clinical nutrition, nursing and social work, and a doctor of occupational therapy—as well as existing popular health programs. The university also introduced Benerd College, a merger of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and University College, to enhance access to education by providing innovative, flexible online and hybrid educational programs.

Beyond Academics: Pacific’s Community Impact
In addition to academics, Pacific is making a positive community impact across the Northern California region through tens of thousands of hours of public outreach, innovative new programs and the efforts of students, faculty and staff across the university.

For example, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy has provided more than a decade of outreach events through its Mobile Medicare Clinics that have saved more than 8,695 Medicare recipients nearly an estimated total of $8.65 million in prescription drug costs. Since 2010, more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable and underserved in our communities have received health care services through our Virtual Dental Home program, a revolutionary new care delivery system developed by Pacific’s Center for Special Care. And, McGeorge’s legal clinics on important topics, such as immigration law, benefit the community while preparing students through meaningful experiential learning.

Our Schools, Majors and Programs
Pacific’s 11 schools and college on its three campuses offer students their choice of 80-plus programs of study, including 30 graduate programs and 10 accelerated program options. For example, students can go directly into certain professional programs, including pharmacy, dentistry and law, while accelerated programs in business, engineering and education make it possible to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

College of the Pacific (1851)
The College of the Pacific is the oldest and largest academic unit, encompassing 18 departments and 31 majors in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the fine and performing arts. Based upon its foundation of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, the College champions experiential learning through undergraduate research and creative activity, fieldwork, internships, and study abroad. The College prepares graduating students to command a broad perspective in their professional careers, ready to assume the responsibilities of leadership.

Conservatory of Music (1878)
Pacific’s Conservatory of Music has been delivering an outstanding music education for more than 140 years. Degree programs are offered in performance, composition, jazz, education, music industry studies, music therapy and history. Conservatory faculty artists/scholars provide a rigorous and supportive learning environment. Students have access to a recording studio and technology and composition labs. Seminars and master classes with accomplished alumni and visiting artists along with numerous performance and other experiential opportunities help prepare graduates for professions in music.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (1896)
The nationally renowned Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, named in honor of its dean of 28 years, is committed to providing a world-class dental education for its students and comprehensive, affordable patient care for adults and children. The Dugoni School is highly regarded for its humanistic model of education that respects the dignity of each individual and for innovation in dental curriculum, including comprehensive patient care and competency-based education. Its programs include an accelerated year-round pre-doctoral DDS program that enables students to complete four academic years of instruction in three calendar years and a high-demand Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

McGeorge School of Law (1924)

McGeorge educates lawyers for large and small law firms, government agencies and corporate legal departments around the world. McGeorge’s success is built on its distinguished faculty, high-quality students, committed and involved alumni, and beautiful, spacious campus with state-of-the art classrooms and student facilities. McGeorge is a dynamic law school that is
changing and growing to meet the challenges of the global economy and to educate the lawyers of the future.

Benerd College (1924)

Benerd College, a merger of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and University College, is Pacific’s home for professional and continuing education. Students in Benerd College are prepared to deliver thoughtful, reflective, caring and collaborative services to diverse populations. The College offers relevant learning opportunities, flexible pricing and accessible program delivery to meet the needs of both the K–12 education community and adults across the region looking to advance their education and training.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy (1955)
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy is named in honor of the financial commitment of the Thomas J. Long Foundation and the Long family. The School offers a three-year accelerated pharmacy program. The School is committed to creating a leadership focused, success-centered environment for its diverse student body. Students are empowered to succeed through meaningful, experiential learning in state-of-the-art laboratories. The School’s programs have received continuous national accreditation.

Graduate School (1956)
The Graduate School collaborates with University of the Pacific’s academic schools and colleges to offer more than 30 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs, serving graduate students on Pacific’s Stockton, San Francisco and Sacramento campuses. The school serves as the central, student-centered resource for graduate admission, education and services at the university and works to promote and support the success and development of Pacific’s diverse graduate population.

School of Engineering and Computer Science (1958)
The School of Engineering and Computer Science empowers its students to solve problems by developing their own projects and working alongside professors on contemporary research. The School’s faculty take each student’s education personally and are committed to mentoring them both inside and outside of the classroom. With its distinguished cooperative education program, students also get to "learn and earn" through a paid professional internship, built right into the curriculum, with one of the School’s 200-plus industry partners worldwide.

Eberhardt School of Business (1977)
The Eberhardt School of Business was renamed in 1995 in recognition of the Eberhardt family’s endowed gifts. Fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the School boasts a $3 million Eberhardt Student Investment Fund, a dedicated Career Management Center, top-rated faculty, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and exceptional experiential learning opportunities. The School offers valuable leadership development and business resources through its centers and institutes, including the Center for Business and Policy Research, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Westgate Center for Leadership and Management Development and the Institute for Family Business.

School of International Studies (1987)
A school within the College of the Pacific, the School of International Studies is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of international affairs. International, interdisciplinary and intercultural immersion, acquisition of at least one second language and at least a semester of study abroad prepare students to succeed in a variety of professions in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. The School’s programs help students develop strong analytical reasoning ability and written and oral communication skills while building intercultural competence and personal confidence. Its students are frequent recipients of prestigious fellowships.

School of Health Sciences (2020)
Building on Pacific’s long-standing reputation for preparing health care professionals, the new School of Health Sciences meets the demands of a growing industry. New accelerated master's degree programs in clinical nutrition, nursing and social work and a doctor of occupational therapy join existing popular programs in athletic training, audiology, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and speech-language pathology, with many offered in flexible formats. Housed at our Sacramento Campus, the new School of Health Sciences also includes programs at the San Francisco and Stockton campuses.