School of Graduate Psychology (SGP) offers three terminal degree options: a master's in applied clinical psychology, a PhD in clinical psychology, and a PsyD in clinical psychology.

The school also offers internship opportunities, as well as services to the public through the Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic in two locations. All career paths and services in School of Graduate Psychology reflect core values of compassion, integrity, diversity, and discovery. All programs lead to meaningful careers that allow students to apply their skills and knowledge acquired in the program in work that can range from clinical service to administration to teaching to research and more. Our graduates report that they are able to establish successful and fulfilling careers that allow them to continue to grow, contribute, and make a difference.


Striving for excellence, the faculty at Pacific University’s School of Graduate Psychology prepare psychological professionals who foster collaborative relationships, have inquiring minds, create meaningful change, and dedicate themselves to models of health and well-being that support diversity and social justice.

Core Values

  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Discovery 

Professional Readiness

Practice and Scholarship

School of Graduate Psychology provides a comprehensive and integrated educational experience that offers an extensive psychological knowledge base and fosters the development of applied clinical and research competence.  SGP curricula are designed to build and integrate the many components and aspects of psychological practice. SGP emphasizes community involvement and flexible, diversity-appropriate, practical applications of scientific psychology.

Depending upon the program or area of emphasis, students learn how to apply and contribute to knowledge of human behavior to resolve problems and improve conditions. The programs offer broad and general doctoral education and training that includes preparation in health service psychology. Our PsyD program places relatively greater emphasis on training for engaging in professional practice and our PhD program places relatively greater emphasis on training related to research. The PsyD program presents students with a broad range of theoretical perspectives and exposes them to assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education, and management/supervision. Students in the PhD program are trained to integrate the science and practice of psychology by completing specific coursework, producing original empirical research, and engaging in clinical practicum placements.

Graduates of each program, however, must demonstrate a fundamental understanding of and competency in both research/scholarly activities and evidence-based professional practice. The goal of the master’s program in applied clinical psychology is to foster learning of and competence in skills necessary for responsible and ethical professional practice in a variety of contexts and settings.

Clinical Strength

The School of Graduate Psychology maintains two in-house psychology training clinics, which provide supervised clinical experiences for doctoral practicum students while offering a wide range of psychological services to the community. The school also has partnerships with more than 70 practicum sites, including Juvenile and County Correction Centers, Oregon State Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University and local counseling centers.

Practicum and Internship Flexibility

Doctoral and clinical master's students complete an internship during their last year of the program. Doctoral students complete practica throughout their second and third years in the program, with the option of a fourth-year field placement. Training helps integrate scientific knowledge with clinical application, and you will gain supervision experience with a range of client populations in a variety of clinical settings. In addition, there are dozens of practicum and internship sites where you can further develop your interests.

The school offers its own American Psychological Association-accredited internship program for doctoral internship training. We successfully place interns at approved sites across the country that match their interests, including hospitals, academic counseling centers, Veterans Administration facilities, community mental health centers and military internships that prepare you for entering with the rank of captain after graduation. During your internship, you will learn under clinical supervision and be prepared to practice, teach or conduct research upon graduation.

School Location

The School of Graduate Psychology is located on Pacific University's Hillsboro Campus, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Founded as the home of Pacific University's College of Health Professions, students enjoy a close connection with students in other health programs. 

The Pacific University Hillsboro Campus is ideally situated in the heart of downtown Hillsboro’s Health and Education District, creating strong partnerships with businesses and local leaders in healthcare and education. Its location right along the MAX light-rail line also makes the campus an easy commute for graduate and professional students throughout the Portland area.

Land Acknowledgment

The School of Graduate Psychology and Pacific University honor the people and acknowledge the indigenous land of the Atfalati, Clatskanie, and Kalapuya nations that our campuses occupy.

Interprofessional Learning

The School of Graduate Psychology, in Hillsboro, Oregon is proud to be one of eight schools within Pacific University's College of Health Professions (CHP). This dynamic college provides a consortium of graduate and professional health students, creating a unique interdisciplinary environment.

Students at Pacific are engaged in interdisciplinary study in the first semester while enrolled in Foundations of Interprofessional Practice, a course designed to bring students from all CHP programs together to gain interprofessional knowledge and awareness in a team-based setting. Course topics include team building, diversity and leadership.

The College of Health Professions hosts six annual Interprofessional Case Conferences in which faculty and community health professionals present case studies on current healthcare issues. By integrating these conferences throughout the year, we give students a forum for interaction and dialogue on topics that directly affect their areas of study while learning about the perspectives of other future healthcare providers. Students also have the opportunity to engage in the practices of other university programs by using on-campus clinic services for their individual healthcare needs.

Interested in learning medical Spanish? The College of Health Professions also offers an optional medical Spanish course for all health students — yet another opportunity to develop your skills while gaining interprofessional knowledge. In addition to on-campus involvement, you can apply your Spanish across borders. Students completing the Latino Psychology Emphasis or with fluency in Spanish can travel to various parts of the Pacific Northwest for a summer experiential course to further develop their skills.

SGP Student Veterans

Many SGP students have served in the US Armed Forces, and may be eligible for a number of benefits. Learn more about a range of local and national benefit links to assist our veterans. We thank you for your service.

Contact Us

School of Graduate Psychology
190 SE 8th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97123

PsyD and PhD Admissions

Jenni Gottschalk | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
800-933-9308, ext. 7225 | 503-352-7225 |

MA Admissions

Catherine Martin | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
800-933-9308, ext. 7226 | 503-352-7226 |

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Eddie Carrillo '15, MA '17

One of the Pacific University Alumni Association's Emerging Leader Award winners, Carrillo aims to meet youth where they are at Oregon's Sherwood High School to identify their mental health needs.

Alumni Award Winners Eddie Carrillo '15, MA '17; Rhony Bhopla MFA '22 and Jim Fittzgerald '68

Seven outstanding alumni will be presented with Pacific Unversity Alumni Association's Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, David & Sandy Lowe Outstanding Alumni Service Award and Emerging Leader Award this October during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Schwartz has extensive teaching experience in graduate clinical psychology beginning in 1981. He was a core faculty member of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology for over 30 years.