For the Master's Program in the Psychology Department at the University of the Pacific
As a potential applicant to a private university, you may be concerned about high tuition rates and decide that it is much too expensive for you. We wish to reassure you that it may not be.
First, and most important, in a typical year almost all graduate students in Psychology receive a substantial amount of financial aid, which includes the remission of a substantial portion of your tuition costs plus a stipend for performing a job (e.g., teaching assistant, traineeship in departmental treatment programs for individuals diagnosed with mental illness or developmental disabilities).
Over the past several academic years, 100% of students (both first and second year) received substantial amounts of tuition remission (covering approximately 75%-90% of their total tuition costs), and 100% of our students received stipends. Therefore, if you feel the nature of the program meets your needs and goals, we encourage you to apply.
Second, you may be assuming that graduate students take 15-16 units a semester, as undergraduates do. However, graduate students in Psychology take only 6 to 8 units per semester.
For example, for the 2013-2014 academic year, the total tuition for graduate students taking 16 units (8 per semester) was $19,648 ($1228/unit), but tuition remission covered approximately 85% ($16,700) of the tuition costs.
During the second year of study, graduate students take fewer units, typically 6 units per semester. Tuition remission will reduce these costs by 75% or more for most students.