About Graduate & Professional Programs

Pacific University is a private, fully accredited university with more than 60 undergraduate fields of study and 16 graduate and professional programs. With colleges in the Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education, Health Professions and Business, our four Oregon campuses draw nearly 3,600 students a year.

Half of those are students in our graduate and professional programs, which range from master’s and doctoral programs in the health professions to weekend courses leading to an MBA.

Just like our undergraduate programs, Pacific’s graduate experience is rooted in small classes, a nurturing learning environment and personal attention. Our students learn from some of the top faculty in the world — experts in their fields who are devoted to teaching.

Our curriculum emphasizes real-world experience, service learning and preparation to contribute to a global community.

Pacific University is committed to diversity, sustainability, discovery and excellence, and to inspiring students to think, care, create and pursue justice in a global community.

Health Professions

The health professions have been a cornerstone of Pacific University since we merged with one of the earliest optometry programs in the country in the 1940s. Today, our College of Optometry has one of just 21 optometry programs on the continent, and we also offer graduate certificates, master’s degrees, doctorates, and continuing education courses in the College of Health Professions.

Our programs strongly emphasize interprofessional work among healthcare providers, as well as hands-on experiences, in which our students serve diverse and underserved populations at clinics throughout the Portland Metro Area.

We offer full-time professional programs ranging from audiology to physician assistant studies to professional psychology to optometry. In addition, we have a masters of healthcare administration program for working professionals, blending online and evening/weekend courses, as well as certificate programs in healthcare compliance and gerontology. A new master of social work program, based in Eugene, meanwhile, prepares students to excel in the helping professions.


Pacific University began its teacher preparation programs in 1911 and established its formal College of Education in 1994. Today, we offer a broad range of education degrees, from undergraduate programs in early childhood and elementary education to master’s-level programs specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

We have education programs in Forest Grove, Eugene and Woodburn, where we focus on preparing teachers who are culturally competent and student-focused. Our curriculum centers around real-life classroom experience for future teachers. Students get into the classroom early in their education, and they have the opportunity to engage in practicum settings locally and around the world.

We also offer specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages, in special education, and in gifted and talented education.


In the newest of our graduate programs, the College of Business offers a master of science in finance, as well as a master of business administration, both designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers. Courses are offered in downtown Hillsboro, meeting on evenings and weekends.

Our programs emphasize business fundamentals melded with creativity and innovation. Students learn from full-time faculty as well as guest lecturers and visiting faculty from throughout the business world.