Academic Divisions of the University
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
College of the Pacific (Arts and Sciences)
Conservatory of Music
Eberhardt School of Business
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.
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
University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,300 students and 11 schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus.
Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.
University of the Pacific’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.
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.
A History of Firsts
Since 1851, we've made the choice to look forward, create change and deliver education that puts our students first. We offer an experience that produces successful alumni who lead in their communities in California and beyond. Innovation isn't just how we do things — it's how we've always done them. Some of our firsts include:
- California's first chartered university
- California's first music conservatory
- California's first university to open its doors to women
- Nation's first to offer an undergraduate teacher corps program
- Nation's first to send an entire class to an overseas campus
- Nation's first to establish a Spanish-speaking, inter-American college
- Nation's first to offer a four-year graduation guarantee
Our students come first in everything we do. Student impact is an important consideration in every decision we make.
We have high academic standards with a focus on teaching, scholarship, and experiential learning. We invest in individualized attention and long-term relationships that build human potential.
We are committed to learning from and enhancing our communities. We share a sense of purpose and pride in what we accomplish together.
Diversity and Inclusion
We respect all individuals and embrace the richness that our diversity brings to us as an educational community. We recognize and honor differences, creativity and bridging what is distinct to create an inclusive environment.
Integrity and Accountability
We demonstrate integrity in our actions. We strive to always do the right thing and hold ourselves and others accountable.
Respect and Civility
We demonstrate authentic respect for others and a willingness to engage in genuine discourse. We seek to establish common ground and ways to connect with others. We honor and value one another.
Our Schools, Majors and Programs
Pacific’s 11 schools and colleges on its three campuses offer students their choice of over 80 programs of study, including 30 graduate programs and 10 accelerated program options. 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)
As the liberal arts core of the university, the College of the Pacific is the oldest and largest academic unit, offering courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the fine and performing arts. The college collaborates closely with Pacific's other nine schools and offers the foundational coursework for the university's professional programs.
Conservatory of Music (1878)
The conservatory prepares students to be performers, teachers, therapists, composers, scholars and music industry leaders. Our undergraduates gain experiences typically reserved for graduate students elsewhere. Whether as an operatic or musical theater lead in our productions, a member of a jazz combo or a partner in our student-run Pac Ave recording label, our students grow individually as leaders and together as collaborators.
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (1896)
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is an internationally renowned institution of higher learning. We are committed to providing a world-class dental education for our students and comprehensive, affordable patient care for adults and children in a humanistic environment. Our school is also highly regarded for its accelerated year-round predoctoral program, where students are able to complete four academic years of instruction in three calendar years; and innovation in dental curriculum, including comprehensive patient care and competency-based education.
McGeorge School of Law (1924)
McGeorge School of Law is an internationally recognized leader in legal education. Its location in Sacramento, California’s capital city, has shaped its development into a leading authority on public law, international law and advocacy. 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 prepares reflective, creative, caring and collaborative professionals. Our programs focus on flexibility and innovation to help you meet your educational and professional goals. We offer quality degree programs, continuing education courses, certificate programs and lifelong learning opportunities. Our graduate education degrees prepare students to deliver thoughtful, reflective, caring and collaborative learning experiences to diverse populations.
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy (1955)
The Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy continuously adapts its programming to keep pace with the evolving health care industry, empowering students to succeed by providing access to state-of-the-art laboratories, hands-on learning and mentoring faculty. The school is home to an undergraduate Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program, an accelerated three-year doctor of pharmacy program and a graduate Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences Program, as well as several fellowship programs.
Graduate School (1956)
The Graduate School supports and oversees Pacific’s approximately 1,150 graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in more than 30 graduate programs on our Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton campuses. We are an administrative school that engages with students throughout their entire graduate life cycle, from the first time they reach out to inquire, all the way through graduation.
School of Engineering and Computer Science (1958)
The School of Engineering and Computer Science (SOECS) provides students with the technical skills to excel in their careers and the communication and leadership skills to contribute to their communities. At Pacific SOECS, we empower our students to solve problems through innovative and outside-the-box thinking. Students also get to "learn and earn" through a highly-regarded paid professional cooperative education program, 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 cultivates the leadership skills and innovative spirit of its students while providing training in state-of-the-art business applications. We are a small business school with a global orientation, offering highly interactive classes with close working relationships between students and faculty. Our dynamic undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Accounting and Sport Management are flexible and highly personalized, allowing students to tailor their educational experience and build a foundation for their careers.
School of Health Sciences (2020)
The School of Health Sciences prepares students to become health care leaders who promote lifelong wellness through discovery, innovation, and compassionate care. We offer several master's degree programs, such as the Master of Social Work program that prepares students to work in a variety of practices including mental health and aging, and an advanced degree in nursing, as well as doctoral degrees in audiology, occupational therapy and physical therapy. A bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology is also offered. Some programs are accelerated with many offered in flexible formats.