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 Services 

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

Since: 1924 | Last Review: 2020 | Next Site Visit: 2027-28

 

School Psychology (EdS) 

Accrediting Agency: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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

 

Education (MA) - Concentration in Counseling Psychology

Accrediting Agency: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

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

 

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 and Program 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 and Program 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 and Program 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 and Program 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)

First Accredited Date: 2/28/2020 | Current Status: Accredited, Active-in good standing | Current Cycle Effective Date: 4/1/2020 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 12/31/2025  

 

Audiology (AuD)

Accrediting Agency: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

First Accredited Date: 2/1/2015 |Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 2/1/2020 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 1/31/2025

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)

First Accredited Date: 4/1/2018 | Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 4/1/2018 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 3/31/2028

 

Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) 

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

First Accredited Date: 5/11/2020 | Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 7/28/2023 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 6/30/2031

 

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)

Accrediting Agency: California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) 

First Accredited Date: 11/18/2021 | Current Status: Approved |Current Cycle Effective Date: 2023 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 2024

Accrediting Agency: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 

First Accredited Date: 5/5/2022 | Current Status: Results of Review Pending 5/2024 | Current Cycle Effective Date: 5/5/2022 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 5/5/2024

 

Occupational Therapy (OTD) 

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

First Accredited Date: 8/9/2020 | Current Status: Accredited, Active-in good standing | Current Cycle Effective Date: 4/2023 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 2030

 

Physical Therapy Program

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

First Accredited Date: 3/1988 | Current Status: Accreditation-Continued | Current Cycle Effective Date: 11/2/2021 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 12/31/2031

 

Physician Assistant (MPAS) 

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

First Accredited Date: 9/8/2016 | Current Status: Accreditation-Continued | Current Cycle Effective Date: 3/24/2021 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 3/1/2031

 

Social Work (MSW) 

Accrediting Agency: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

First Accredited Date: 10/1/2020 | Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 11/15/2022 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 10/1/2030

 

Speech-Language Pathology (MS)

Accrediting Agency: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

First Accredited Date: 7/1/1973 | Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 11/1/2019 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 10/31/2027

 

Speech-Language Pathology - Services Credential 

Accrediting Agency: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

First Accredited Date: 6/25/2020 | Current Status: Accredited | Current Cycle Effective Date: 6/25/2020 | Current Cycle Expiration Date: 7/19/2027

 

Pharmacy (PharmD)

Accrediting Agency: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

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

Site Visit: March 2024