Academics

Pacific University offers professional and graduate level programs in writing, social work, optometry, education, health professions and business that feature a diversity of courses in our colleges.

More than half of all Pacific University students are studying for advanced degrees, though their courses of study range widely by discipline. Many health professions tracks, for example, are full-time, on-site programs lasting three to four years and culminating in a master's or doctoral degree. Meanwhile, our healthcare administration and business programs offer master's degrees for working professionals, with classes meeting in the evening or on weekends. And, our master of fine arts in writing program — one of the top-rated in the nation — is a low-residency model, in which students and faculty members correspond regularly but meet in person for just two intensive sessions each year.

Graduate programs are available at each of Pacific University's four campuses in Oregon: Forest Grove (optometry and writing), Hillsboro (health professions and business), Eugene (education and social work) and Woodburn (education). Pacific University also has a variety of centers and institutes.

While the structure, location and admissions processes, for each program varies, all students receive educations reflective of Pacific University's values. Our programs focus on personal attention for students and close, mentoring relationships with faculty members. Our students gain a deep understanding of their field from the classroom and they gain critical experience in their given field through hands-on learning and practice. We pride ourselves on discovery and encourage research. We are committed to educating students who are engaged members of their societies and who are leaders in a global community.