Our global, distributed community of professionals is dedicated to lifelong learning, social justice and innovation, and advancement for individuals, organizations, communities, and society.
Our curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice within the fields of psychology and leadership.
We are an innovative global community dedicated to educating scholars, leaders, and practitioners to pursue a more just and sustainable world. We provide exemplary interdisciplinary programs within a distributed and relational learning model grounded in student-driven inquiry and leading to enhanced knowledge. This community of scholar-practitioners addresses personal, organizational, societal, ecological, and global concerns to pursue a more just and sustainable world.
Fielding's administrative offices are located in two lot-adjacent office buildings in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Many of Fielding's programs hold face-to-face events throughout the year in different regional locations to enrich your educational experience. Our Academic Conferencing & Events Department contracts with hotels and other educational spaces such as retreat centers to provide suitable spaces for your learning and engagement with faculty. Fielding Graduate University was founded by three friends: Frederic Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch–all distinguished higher–education administrators and educators.
Here at Fielding Graduate University, we are different from other graduate schools. Taking a multidisciplinary, principles-centered, values-based, and inclusive approach to leadership and practice, we prize process along with significant outcomes. Whether our graduates become psychologists, educators, organizational development consultants, coaches, or practitioners, they acknowledge the evolutionary nature and interconnectedness of solving today's problems. Leadership competencies, such as skillful in emotional and social intelligence, decision-making judgment, and conflict management, are combined with area expertise to create uniquely qualified graduates and leaders in whatever sphere they may find themselves over their life's journey.
We offer both in-person and online student and technology services that allow students to delve into their research and knowledge interests fully. Every environment is designed with your success in mind.
For generations, Fielding has been graduating scholar-practitioners who know that research is not an end in itself, but it serves a broader purpose. Tested, applied, and used for broader application, Fielding research tackles the severe societal problems all around us. We ask big, broad, and tricky questions—because it is a bold scholarship that makes a positive social difference. New knowledge for practical application is the Fielding difference.
The Office of Strategic Initiatives & Research (SIR), under the Office of the Provost, helps faculty, staff, and students promote and secure sponsored research funding to foster research that leads to lasting positive change. This office seeks to foster new efforts to enhance Fielding's reputation and quality of its academic offerings through special initiatives. Many of these efforts are expanded by creating institutional partnerships and organizational connections that assure Fielding's presence in national discussions on higher education policy and priorities and in programs that advance graduate education. Many of these initiatives are designed to create opportunities for Fielding's academic programs and their faculties, students, and alumni to further new frontiers of scholarship, curriculum, and practice within and across their disciplines.
As innovators in adult education, we take developmental learning concepts and apply them in our mentoring and advising relationships with students forging new ways to help you connect with what you already know, what you need to know, and how to get you there. Fielding was at the forefront of using technology to deliver an educational experience. We continue to find ways to enhance the best of what we do with cutting-edge ideas and media-rich learning.
From our online library to our student advising, tuition, financial aid, registrar, and help-desk support areas, Fielding staff strives to make our support services useful and timely. Accommodations for students with disabilities and study aids for all students are available.
A mainstay of our learning ideology from the beginning, face-to-face sessions between students and faculty held throughout the US and globally, is a critical way to connect and re-connect within and across our disciplines. Moreover, they are usually great mini-vacation spots too.
The founders speculated that students seeking advanced degrees would be mid-career adults. The latter wanted to enhance already well-established academic and professional skills committed to effecting a mid-life career change and interested in being part of a lifelong learning community.
The traditional pedagogical method of education–active teacher, passive learner–would not be appropriate for this new experiment. To accommodate and capitalize on its students' learning styles, Fielding developed a rigorous, supportive learning model that today remains flexible, adult-centered, self-directed, practice-oriented, global, and competence-based.
Fielding's School of Psychology offers the only accredited (on probation) clinical psychology doctoral program using a distributed delivery model. The program is accredited (on probation) by the American Psychological Association (APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202.336.5979). The clinical psychology program received initial accreditation by the APA in 1991.
The Accrediting Commission accredits fielding Graduate University for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).