Fielding Graduate University was founded by three friends: Frederic Hudson, Hallock Hoffman, and Renata Tesch–all distinguished higher–education administrators and educators.
The founders envisioned a nationally recognized graduate school based on two notions:
The founders speculated that students seeking advanced degrees would be mid-career adults who wanted to enhance already well-established academic and professional skills; who would be committed to effecting a mid-life career change; and who would be interested in being part of a lifelong-learning community.
The traditional pedagogical method of education–active teacher, passive learner–would not be appropriate to this new experiment. To accommodate and capitalize on the learning styles of its students, Fielding developed a rigorous, supportive learning model that today remains flexible, adult-centered, self-directed, practice-oriented, global, and competence-based.
For generations, Fielding has been graduating scholar-practitioners who know that research is not an end in itself, but that it serves a broader purpose.
Tested, applied, and used for broader application, Fielding research tackles the tough societal problems all around us. We ask big, broad and complex questions—because it is bold scholarship that makes a positive social difference.
Our faculty excel in helping students to align their research with their professional experience and their career goals. We believe that you bring valuable wisdom and experience to your learning process, and our faculty utilize their theoretical knowledge and strong scholar-practitioner backgrounds to help you identify that unique intersection between your professional expertise and academic interests.
Fielding’s Student Services staff is comprised of a diverse group of people dedicated to providing services that complement the university’s academic mission while helping to further your individual growth and development. Our distributed learning model means that there are many staff members working to support your progress at Fielding that you may never meet in person.
Teaching students to become skilled in finding and reviewing scholarly information is central to our library’s mission. We provide access to an outstanding collection with breadth and depth unusual at a university of our size.
As a distributed campus, resources and service support is key to your success. Whether you are in our home state of California or the other side of the globe, we provide: