Specific Requirements

The admission process involves a holistic review of each applicant's background and experiences. The following are required for admission through our application in GradCAS:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all postsecondary coursework or in the last 60 units of postsecondary coursework
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of University of the Pacific and Benerd College

Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for resources on how to apply, international student requirements, and the financial aid process.

Admission is a holistic decision that takes into consideration all the factors of each applicant's background and experience. Specific requirements include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all postsecondary coursework or in the last 60 units of postsecondary coursework
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of University of the Pacific and Benerd College

How To Apply
Complete the online application, which includes:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A personal statement of no more than 2 pages describing:
    • Your professional experiences and areas of expertise
    • Professional abilities, knowledge, and skills you would bring to our program
    • Description of why you are pursuing this particular program
    • Ways in which this master's program will advance your prospects for personal and professional growth
      NOTE: In addition, we use the personal statement as a writing sample, which substitutes for the former GRE testing requirement
  • Current resume that includes experience (work, community, volunteer), honors, awards, publications, training, etc. relevant to your program of interest
  • Contact information for two references who can complete short online reference forms
  • Conversation with faculty program lead

Please submit all application documents through the online application portal. 

Admissions Deadlines
Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials prior to the priority deadline of May 31st. After this time, applications continue to be accepted through August 1.  Any exceptions should be cleared with Benerd College, on a space available basis.

Connect with Us 
Register for a program event
Get updates about the program
Curriculum questions: contact Dr. Rod Githens, rgithens@pacific.edu or 916.739.7332
Admissions process questions: contact Sunshine Faiad, sfaiad@pacific.edu or 916.340.6173

Admission is a holistic decision that takes into consideration all the factors of each applicant's background and experience. Specific requirements include:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all postsecondary coursework or in the last 60 units of postsecondary coursework
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Evidence of qualities and character in keeping with the philosophy and standards of University of the Pacific and Benerd College

How To Apply
Complete the online application, which includes:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A personal statement of no more than 2 pages describing:
    • Your professional experiences and areas of expertise
    • Professional abilities, knowledge, and skills you would bring to our program
    • Description of why you are pursuing this particular program
    • Ways in which this master's program will advance your prospects for personal and professional growth
      NOTE: In addition, we use the personal statement as a writing sample, which substitutes for the former GRE testing requirement
  • Current resume that includes experience (work, community, volunteer), honors, awards, publications, training, etc. relevant to your program of interest
  • Contact information for two references who can complete short online reference forms
  • Conversation with faculty program lead

Please submit all application documents through the online application portal. 

Admissions Deadlines
Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials prior to the priority deadline of May 31st. After this time, applications continue to be accepted through August 1.  Any exceptions should be cleared with Benerd College, on a space available basis.

Connect with Us 
Register for a program event
Get updates about the program
Curriculum questions: contact Laura Hallberg at lhallberg@pacfic.edu
Admissions process questions: contact Malcolm Gingras at mgingras@pacific.edu