Frequently Asked Questions
Still searching for the answers to your questions? We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions just for that purpose. Check out the questions below for answers to any questions you might have, and as always please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 209.946.3929 or contact us.
Questions About Admission or Applications
I am a current student at Pacific. How do I get my application fee waived?| TOP
An application fee waiver is available for current Pacific students and McNair Scholars in good standing. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office at: 209-946-3929 for additional fee waiver information.
I completed my Bachelor's degree at Pacific. Do I need to submit my transcripts?| TOP
No. However, any additional coursework not completed at Pacific must be submitted through official transcripts.
What are the GRE and TOEFL codes for programs at Pacific?| TOP
The Educational Testing Service institutional code for the University of the Pacific is 4065. This code is used for both GRE and TOEFL exam reporting. More information on Standardized Test Scores. Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology applicants, please utilize PTCAS and CSDCAS-specific school codes.
I need help paying for graduate school. Are there any graduate teaching or research assistantship opportunities? Can I still get financial aid?| TOP
University of the Pacific provides financial assistance to selected graduate degree students in the form of financial aid. Restrictions apply; for details, see Students with Assistantships or other Service Appointments in the Academic Policies section. To receive a graduate, teaching, or research assistantship, a student must apply. Awards are given on the basis of established degree program criteria and are contingent upon adequate financial resources from the degree program.
I'm an international student. Are there additional application requirements? When do I have to turn my materials in? Can I be conditionally admitted?| TOP
Yes, there are additional requirements. International applicants must submit a complete application packet six (6) weeks prior to posted deadlines. University of the Pacific does not offer conditional admission to international students. All official documents must be submitted for admission review.
When will I hear back about the admission decision?| TOP
Admissions decisions are expected six (6) weeks after a complete application portfolio has been submitted. Applications complete less than six (6) weeks prior to the desired term cannot be guaranteed admission. Admission deadlines vary by program.
Can I change the term I am applying for?| TOP
Applicants may submit a written request via email to change their application term for up to one (1) year before being required to submit a new application.
Can I reuse my application materials if I get denied admission?| TOP
Yes. Applications and official transcripts are valid for up to one (1) year. A TOEFL score submission is valid for two (2) years from the test date. A GRE score submission is valid for five (5) years from the test date.
Where do I turn in the DPT supplemental application and check?| TOP
In addition to the PTCAS application, a supplemental application is required by the University of the Pacific. The supplemental application must be printed out and mailed to the Office of Graduate Studies, along with a check or money order made payable to "University of the Pacific" for the $50 supplemental application fee. You may find the supplemental application on the DPT program page.
I'm applying to PharmD blended program. Do I need to submit two (2) applications?| TOP
Yes, there are separate applications for each program.
Questions From Returning Graduate Students
I am done with all my course work, but I still have to complete my thesis, dissertation, or compositions. Do I have to register for any classes?| TOP
Yes. Master's students must register for the GRAD 200 course (through Inside Pacific) to maintain continuous registration. Doctoral students must register for the GRAD 300 course (through Inside Pacific) to maintain continuous registration.
I took more than a semester off graduate school. What do I have to do in order to continue classes towards my degree?| TOP
A graduate student who fails to meet the continuous registration requirements and has a break in registration will be inactivated from Graduate Studies. Students in good academic standing who were inactivated from a program may petition for reinstatement by the program and Graduate Studies by submitting a $50.00 reinstatement fee and the Petition for Reinstatement in the Graduate School by the posted deadlines. After twelve (12) months or more of being inactivated, students who wish to re-enter a program must complete a new application with the appropriate fees and documentation. A decision to readmit a former student are to include a statement by the admitting degree program of which courses previously taken can be applied to the new program of study.
What is the GRAD 200/GRAD 300 course?| TOP
Continuous registration is intended for students who have completed all of their required coursework. The Continuous Registration Policy can be met by registering for GRAD 200/GRAD 300 (through Inside Pacific) at least one (1) semester per academic year.
Questions From Current Graduate Students
I graduated and completed all the required coursework. Why haven't I received my diploma yet?| TOP
Diplomas are mailed about 3-4 months after the conclusion of the semester in which you are scheduled to graduate. If you need official verification of your degree before you receive your diploma, please refer to the Enrollment Verification Request. Official transcripts may be requested to serve as verification of graduation prior to the arrival of the diploma. Transcripts and diplomas will not be released if there is a financial hold on your records.
Why is there a charge for health insurance on my bill from Student Accounts?| TOP
In an effort to ensure you meet your academic goals, Pacific mandates that all full-time students maintain active health insurance. If your academic status results in a charge for health insurance coverage, you must provide proof of comparable insurance or enroll in the University-sponsored plan. To receive a reversal of the charge you must complete the waiver process each academic year by the posted deadline date. More information on Health Insurance.
How do I register for a class after the add/drop deadline?| TOP
After the deadline dates have passed (but prior to the end of the term), requests to add or drop courses must be made by special petition to the student's respective school/college or through the ARC petition process.
Why do I have a hold on my account for missing my Bachelor's degree posting?| TOP
Although we have received an official in progress transcript from your institution, we require an official transcript that shows final grades with proof of degree has been awarded. You must have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution to enroll in a graduate program at University of the Pacific.
I'm an undergraduate student who wants to take a graduate level course. Is there any paperwork I need to fill out?| TOP
Yes, you must first apply and be admitted to graduate school. Once admitted, you need to fill out the Graduate Credit as an Undergraduate form and take it to the Office of the Registrar. More information about Graduate Credit as an Undergraduate.
I'm only seeking a Credential. Do I need to complete an application for graduate school? Are the requirements any different?| TOP
Yes, apply as a "Credential Only" student. The requirements are that of the Curriculum and Instruction Program.