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University of the Pacific in talks with Drexel University to continue graduate programs in Sacramento

Mar 26, 2015

University of the Pacific today announced that it has entered into talks with Drexel University to help Drexel complete its graduate degree programs in Sacramento and for Pacific to continue to offer some of these programs on Pacific’s graduate Sacramento campus.

“This opportunity would accelerate Pacific’s plan to provide graduate education programs to serve the needs of businesses, government and leadership in the Sacramento region,” said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “Pacific is already expanding graduate programs on our Sacramento campus, and Drexel’s proven programs would complement our portfolio in Sacramento.”

“Pacific would be an ideal partner to help Drexel fulfill our commitment to our Sacramento students,” said Drexel President John A. Fry. “We would be proud to have a California-focused university carry forward some of the programs that have provided so much value for the Sacramento region.”

Current Drexel students would finish their Drexel University degree as planned, in classes taught by their Drexel faculty members. 

Talks are ongoing and details will be released at a later date, but the universities are discussing the following possibilities:  

  • Pacific would review Drexel’s Sacramento programs to determine which ones will be continued for new students
  • Pacific would begin recruiting students into some of the former Drexel degree programs being continued as Pacific programs
  • Drexel’s programs could relocate to Pacific’s Sacramento campus in the transition

Drexel currently offers eight degree programs at its Sacramento campus: master’s in business administration (MBA), master’s in finance, bachelor’s in business administration, master’s in higher education, doctorate in educational leadership and management, master’s in human resource development, interdepartmental medical science/master’s in medical science, and master’s in pathologist’s assistant. Current enrollment is approximately 215 students. 

At this point, no decision has been made on which degree programs will be continued in fall 2015 or which faculty or staff will be retained to operate those programs. These decisions will be made quickly in order to begin recruiting students for 2015-16.   

“This transition would give Pacific a robust set of graduate programs aligned with our academic plan to prepare professionals in Sacramento for careers in law, healthcare, policy, business, education and other fields,” said Pacific Provost Maria Pallavicini. “It also enables Pacific to create job opportunities to deliver these new programs.”

Pacific recently announced its plan to offer new graduate programs at its Sacramento campus, home of the McGeorge School of Law. New degree offerings include a master of science in law with concentrations in healthcare law, human resources law, water/environmental law and capital lawyering. Pacific will also offer a physician assistant program. Other plans for a master’s in public policy and a master’s in public administration are in final stages of approval. 

University of the Pacific was founded in 1851 as the first university chartered in California. Its main campus is located in Stockton, where it moved in 1924. It has a longstanding presence in Sacramento through its McGeorge School of Law, which opened in Sacramento in 1924. 

Anyone interested in information about the transition for graduate programs in Sacramento should contact J. Michael Thompson, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Pacific (209.946.2322 or 

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and planned graduate programs in public policy, healthcare and business. For more information, visit

About Drexel University

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through cooperative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research. With more than 26,000 students, Drexel is one of the nation’s largest private universities. 

Media contacts:

Richard Rojo, Associate Vice President for Communications, University of the Pacific, (209) 946-2746 (office) or (209) 401-9939 (cell),

Lori Doyle, Senior Vice President for University Communications, Drexel University, (215) 895-2613 (office) or (215) 852-8015 (cell),

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