University of the Pacific has been accredited since 1949 and in 2019 received reaffirmation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) through 2027. In its reaffirmation of Pacific’s accreditation, WASC praised Pacific's academic excellence, educational innovation and financial sustainability.

Accreditation ensures a college or university maintains high educational standards and is committed to continually improving. It enables student access to federal financial aid such as grants and loans, ensures credits and degrees are transferable to other universities and considered credible by employers, and allows colleges and universities to apply for federal and private grants to support research and student services. It also supports colleges and universities in developing and sustaining effective academic programs.

Additional Accreditation

Since 1949, University of the Pacific has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Pacific's last review was conducted in 2019 and current accreditation is valid through 2027.

In addition, Pacific is accredited with the following agencies in support of specialized academic programs across our schools and colleges (see table below).

Updated: November 2023

Dental Education program (DDS)

Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA)

Since: 1910 | Last Review: 2022 | Next Review: 2029

 

Graduate Orthodontics (MSD) and Dentofacial Orthopedics programs

Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA)

Since: 1943 | Last Review: 2022 | Next Review: 2029

 

Advanced Education in General Dentistry program

Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA)

Since: 1991 | Last Review: 2022 | Next Review: 2029

 

Endodontics (MSD) program

Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA)

Since: 2012 | Last Review: 2022 | Next Review: 2029

 

Dental Hygiene (BS) 

Accrediting Agency: American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA)

Since: 2003 | Last Review: 2022 | Next Review: 2029

 

Education programs encompassing:

  • Preliminary Multiple Subject with intern
  • Preliminary Single Subject with intern
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities with intern
  • Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Disabilities with intern
  • Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology with intern
  • Speech-Language Pathology

Accrediting Agency: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (K-12) (CCTC)

Since: 1924 | Last Review: 2020 | Next Review: 2027

Next Visit | Self-Study: To be scheduled

 

School Psychology (EdS) 

Accrediting Agency: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Since: 2008 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: February 1, 2025

Self Study: March 15, 2024

 

Education (MA) - Concentration in Counseling Psychology

Accrediting Agency: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Since: 2008 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: February 1, 2025

Self Study: March 15, 2024

Chemistry (BS), Biochemistry - ACS track (BS)

Accrediting Agency: American Chemical Society (ACS)

Since: 1955 | Last Review: 2016 | Next Review: Ongoing

Self Study: 2024

 

Music programs encompassing:

  • Composition (BM)
  • Jazz Studies (Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance) (BM)
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Education (Choral, Instrumental) (BM, MM)
  • Music History (BM)
  • Music Industry Studies (BS)
  • Music Management (BM)
  • Music Therapy (BM, MA)
  • Performance (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds) (BM) 

Accrediting Agency: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Since: 1928 | Last Review: 2016 | Next Review: 2024-2025

 

Music Therapy (BM, MA)

Accrediting Agency: American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Since: 1950 | Last Review: 2015 | Next Review: 2024-2025

 

Entire school

Accrediting Agency: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Since: 1983 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: 2023-2024

 

Juris Doctor

Accrediting Agency: American Bar Association (ABA)

Since: 1969 | Last Review: 2014 | Next Review: Spring 2030

Next Visit | Self-Study: To be Scheduled

Bioengineering (BS)

Accrediting Agency: Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, under the General Criteria

Since: 1911 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: 2024-2025

 

Computer Science (BS)

Accrediting Agency: Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, under the General Criteria

Since: 1989 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: 2028-2029

 

Engineering Management (BS)

Accrediting Agency: Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, under the General Criteria

Since: 2003 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: 2024-2025

 

Civil Engineering (BS); Computer Engineering (BS); Electrical Engineering (BS); Engineering Physics (BS); Mechanical Engineering (BS)

Accrediting Agency: Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, under the General Criteria

Since: 1971-1985 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Review: 2024-2025

 

Athletic Training Program (MS)

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Last Review: 2020 | Next Visit: 2024 | Next Review: December 2025 

 

Audiology (AuD)

Accrediting Agency: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)

Since: 1914 | Last Review: 2020 | Next Visit: 2024 | Next Review: January 2025 

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

Since: 1914 | Last Review: 2018 | Next Visit: 2027 | Next Review: April 2028 

 

Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) [Candidacy for Accreditation]

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASEND)

Next Visit: March 2023 | Next Review: May 2024 

 

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)

Accrediting Agency: California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) [Initial Program Approval]

Next Visit: TBD | Next Review: TBD 

Accrediting Agency: Commission Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) [New Applicant Status]

Next Visit: October 2023 | Next Review: May 2024

 

Occupational Therapy (OTD) 

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Since: 2023 | Next Visit: March 2029 | Next Review: 2029-2030

 

Physical Therapy Program

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Since: 1988 | Last Review: 2021 | Next Visit: January 2031 | Next Review: December 2031

 

Physician Assistant (MPAS) [Accreditation-Continued]

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Since: 1916 | Last Review: 2021 | Next Visit: 2031 | Next Review: March 2031

 

Social Work (MSW) 

Accrediting Agency: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Next Visit: TBD | Next Review: Fall 2030

 

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Accrediting Agency: Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Since: 1973 | Last Review: 2019 | Next Visit: 2027 | Next Review: October 2027

 

Pharmacy (PharmD)

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Since: 1962 | Last Review: 2016 | Next Review: June 30, 2024

Site Visit: March 2024