Pacific Oaks College

Pacific Oaks College (Pacific Oaks) is a private institution located in California, U.S.A. Pacific Oaks offers a wide range of master's degree programs through its academic schools namely: School of Cultural and Family Psychology; School of Education; and School of Human Development.
  • Average Tuition USD 26,200
  • Students 1,100
  • Total Annual Cost USD 40,200
  • Intakes Fall Spring Summer
  • Application Deadline July 31 December 15 April 9
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Pacific Oaks College (Pacific Oaks) with campuses located in Pasadena and San Jose, California, U.S.A., is accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC). Students can choose from a wide range of master's degree program including Early Childhood Education; Human Development; Organizational Leadership and Change; and Marriage and Family Therapy. 

All Pacific Oaks students have access to Andrew Norman Library's full-text and citation databases such as Academic Search Complete, PEP Archive, PsycBooks, and EBSCO Electronic Journals Service. Pacific Oaks' Center for Achievement, Resources, and Enrichment (CARE) helps students develop and enhance professional skills required for future employment. Pacific Oaks graduates pursued careers in a variety of fields including education, community and social service, entrepreneurship, healthcare services, and consulting. Some of Pacific Oaks' notable alumni are La’Kisha Simpson, an ECE instructor and public speaker; Andrew Kami, a licensed clinical psychologist; and Ben Page, co-creator of The Open School in Orange, California.

  • 01Pacific Oaks offers global study abroad opportunities such as Teach With Africa and Education Beyond Borders.
  • 02Pacific Oaks offers on-campus employment opportunities to international students.
  • 03Progressive approach to teaching and learning—valuing real-world experiences in addition to academic achievements.

Master Programs

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    This Master’s in Early Childhood Education degree program is grounded in theories that support high-quality educational experiences for children. Students will gain a significant amount of real-world experience as they are immersed in diverse environments working with children and families, fostering staff development, and collaborating with educational administrators and leaders.

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education: Organizational Leadership and Change

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    The Master’s in ECE specialization in Organizational Leadership and Change degree program is based on the theory that leadership requires skill and self-knowledge to be authentic, and that authentic leadership is essential to creating organizations with sustainable value.

  • 55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

    Early Childhood Education: Trauma Studies

    USD 32,760 Tuition Fee

    In addition to fostering an understanding of the many ways in which trauma is manifested in children—including abuse, assault, immigration, and violence—this master’s degree in early childhood education program will help inform students on how to provide guidance and support to children who are facing trauma in their lives.


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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • GRE Not required
  • GMAT Not required


    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    International students can be eligible for the International Student Scholarship worth up to $5,000. This scholarship will be divided equally between the first two semesters.
    • International Student Scholarship

      The International Student Scholarship is awarded to international students (non-U.S. Citizens, non-U.S. Permanent Residents) who demonstrate both the potential to add cultural and geographic diversity to the classroom and the ability to spread the mission of Pacific Oaks College globally. Qualified applicants must submit a 500-800 word essay describing the journey that led them to Pacific Oaks, referencing obstacles encountered, how they were overcome, and events that led them to choose their projected career path and degree program at Pacific Oaks. The essay should explain how the applicant plans to incorporate their life experiences into their classroom contributions at Pacific Oaks College, and how they plan to utilize their future degree to address the current and future needs of their home country.
      Awardees will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be divided equally between their first two semesters (for online students, between their first 4 sessions) and applied towards tuition. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress and be continuously enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student to be eligible. To be considered, scholarship applicants must have already submitted an admissions application to Pacific Oaks College. International Applicants can submit their scholarship consideration essay directly to our Global Enrollment team at:

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    Other Information

    Established in 1945


    The Location

    55 W Eureka St, Pasadena, CA 91103, United States

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      • j
        1992-1994, KSM, MA, NCBTMB, AC, CADAC

        A truly expansive and enlightening experience. I would highly recommend it!

      • Testimony
        1984-1986, Master's

        Pacific Oaks College provided me the opportunity to earn a Masters in Human Development in a rich and challenging environment that allowed me to learn about myself and others in a context of diversity and acceptance. This environment deepened my understanding of myself and the world and how to better work with all the people I have encountered in my career.

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        2000-2003, BA

        I recommend Pacific Oaks College to those who would like to go beyond Education Science. They helped me to develop effective and respectful communication capabilities in today's varied social context, where it's important to understand all the perspectives